Tide Chat Summary: September 15th

This post summarizes the 30-minute Tide status update and open floor discussion from September 15th in the #tide SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel (Slack archive).

Reminder that the current Tide focus is integrating PHPPHP PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML. http://php.net/manual/en/intro-whatis.php. Compatibility data from Tide into WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/.  Once PHP Compatibility is integrated into WordPress.org, we’ll assess the next focus to provide the biggest impact to the community.

Tide rewrite

  • @derekherman and team at XWP working on Node package that generates Serverless APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways.’s from an OpenAPI Specification v3 (OASv3) document that could be foundation of Tide rewrite
  • @derekherman: Node rewrite will make Tide easier to maintain and simplify the architecture
  • While XWP works to complete the Node package, the Tide community will need to define the Tide API spec in the OASv3 format (see wptide#204)

Tide goals

  • Discussion then shifted to goals of Tide and what’s currently desired compared to what was originally built
  • Some items that came up were:
    • Displaying Tide audit results on WP.org pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party/theme pages
    • Displaying Tide audit results (immediate and historical) in a private view for plugin/theme developers
    • Ability to editorially include compatible PHP versions for plugins/themes that include backcompat code
    • Assist plugin/theme review team review processes via automated code reviews
    • CI bot / GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ Action tied to WPCS / Theme Review Team ruleset for plugin/theme developers to integrate to GitHub repos & get feedback earlier in their development process
  • Please comment on this post or come to the next Tide meeting with any other problems you’d love to see Tide help with or other goals you’d like to see Tide achieve.
  • We’ll review all options for Tide in our next meeting to work towards a confirmed focus for the team and align with a Node rewrite/OASv3 spec

Next meeting

The next meeting, a 2-hour active working session, will take place on September 29, 2020 at 18:00 UTC in the #tide Slack channel.  Please feel free to drop in with any updates or questions.  If you have items to discuss but cannot make the meeting, please leave a comment on this post so that we can take them into account.

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