Announcing Tide 1.0.0-beta

At WordCamp US last December we introduced Tide.  Tide was our reaction to what we, and many other in the WordPress community, believe is critical to the future of the Open Web.  A future where the standard of code in WordPress is high and its users can be confident in its performance, security, reliability, and accessibility.  Tide is a very practical solution to achieving this, ultimately improving the quality of code across the web.  The WordCamp US announcement represented the proof of concept stage for Tide and helped highlight ways in which updating WordPress plugins and themes based on WordPress Coding Standards could make the open web more performant, secure, reliable, and accessible.  Since then, we’ve been spending time reviewing feedback from WCUS, meeting weekly with the community, and enhancing Tide based on what we’ve learned.

Tide’s vision is inspired by the proverb “A rising tide lifts all boats”, when we lower the barrier of entry to writing and choosing quality code for enough people, it will lift the quality of code across the whole WordPress ecosystem.  Tide helps to make it easier to improve the quality of code throughout the WordPress ecosystem and help WordPress site owners make better choices about plugins and themes.

As of today, we’re excited to announce Tide 1.0.0-beta, now available on GitHub and at wptide.org.  This version adds Google Cloud Platform (“GCP”) and local-only infrastructure support, integrates Lighthouse performance analysis, and provides documentation for the entire platform to help onboard contributors and developers looking to improve their own code.  Please update any forked repositories or local instances of the previous version of Tide as it will be deprecated later this month.

GCP migration

The prototype version of Tide from WordCamp US was based on Amazon Web Services (“AWS”), but with the release of Tide 1.0.0-beta we’ve migrated to GCP and have rewritten the Tide services in the Go programming language.  This helps to provide a better integration point with WordPress.org as the GCP environment and Go services are more performant and cost effective.  This is the first step towards WordPress.org integration.

You can find the code for Tide on GitHub at https://github.com/wptide/wptide.

Local-only option

In order to minimize the needs for developers or contributors to setup GCP or AWS infrastructure to use Tide, we’re providing a local-only option.  This way you can run all the Tide services locally on your computer and not need to rely upon or pay for anything additional.  Note that for now we’ve only fully tested on MacOS, so non-MacOS setup and usage will vary a bit until we can test across non-MacOS platforms and provide resolutions to any issues there.  In order to run Tide locally, you’ll need Composer, Docker, Go, and Glide; additionally for Windows you’ll need Make installed based on our testing so far.  Full setup instructions are available in the Tide documentation (see below).

Lighthouse integration

Along with the WordPress Coding Standards and PHP Compatibility results for plugins and themes in the Tide API, we’ve also added support for Google’s Lighthouse auditing to include performance, accessibility, and other results for themes in the Tide API.

Documentation

The prototype version of Tide from WordCamp US was built as a proof-of-concept and had limited documentation; what did exist then was mainly within the README file for setup instructions on AWS.  For 1.0.0-beta, we’ve significantly extended the documentation to include installation instructions for GCP and the local-only option, details on the various Tide services (API, Sync Server, PHPCS Server, Lighthouse Server), working examples of the Tide API, as well as how to contribute to better utilize and improve Tide.

The documentation site is available at https://www.wptide.org (including a searchable demo of the Tide API search).  The source for the documentation is available at https://github.com/wptide/docs.

Roadmap

The next step on the Tide roadmap is working with the WordPress.org systems team to integrate the PHP Compatibility results from the Tide API into the WordPress.org repository database so that it can be displayed on plugin and theme pages.  You can follow along via the roadmap we’re establishing at https://github.com/wptide/wptide/wiki/Roadmap.  Note that we’re using ZenHub to manage Tide’s product development process and that you may need to install the ZenHub Browser Extension to see all the details within the Tide roadmap.

This plan represents what will take Tide from concept to practical application for the WordPress community.  If you have feedback for the WordPress.org integration, then please comment in GitHub or ZenHub.  If you have ideas or feedback on future Tide roadmap ideas, then please add those as GitHub Issues at https://github.com/wptide/tide-issues/.

Contributions

Thank you to everyone who contributed to Tide 1.0.0-beta:

Alberto Medina, Bart Makoś, Brendan Woods, Daniel Louw, David Cramer, David Lonjon, Derek Herman, Jeffrey Paul, Justin Kopepasah, Jonathan Wold, Joshua Wold, Leo Postovoit, Lubos Kmetko, Luke Carbis, Maxim Siebert, Miina Sikk, Mike Crantea, Rheinard Korf, Rob Stinson, Sayed Taqui, Tammie Lister, Utkarsh Patel.

Please join us for our weekly meeting on Tuesday’s at 21:00 UTC in the #tide channel in WordPress Slack.  See you then!

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