Posts Tagged ‘2.7’

WordPress 2.7

December 11th, 2008 2 comments

It’s here!

I’ve not been too involved in the development side for most of my term at Uni and it just so happens to be now my holidays happen to coincide with the release of version 2.7.

If you take a look back at my posts on 2.7 I feel justified by my disclaimer concerning the potential for changes before the final release. The entire back end has been overhauled with a much more modern and professional layout. Judging by the tweets I’ve been reading it looks like most people are fairly impressed by it. Take a look at the official screencast if you haven’t seen it yet.

I’ve also updated my theme again. I didn’t really feel the previous one worked too well on here so it’s been switched to this – slightly more minimal – theme.

Next term (I guess that means next year) I’ll hopefully keep this slightly more up to date. We’ll see!

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More 2.7

September 17th, 2008 1 comment

About 3 weeks ago I wrote a post showing some new features for WordPress 2.7. Since then there has been a bit more developing going on and this post touches on a few more features.

As I mentioned back then, things can and very likely will change by the time this release is completed so don’t come back complaining to me when things don’t look the way the do here.

A excellent post on the Weblog Tools Collection has also appeared between these posts and this goes into some more detail about the major additional features. The comments on this post were an interesting read with many people split over yet another admin design change. Whilst I can understand where they’re coming from, 2.7 does make a few good changes that I know I’ll certainly find useful. My advice to critics therefore would be to give it a try and see what they think. If Subversion isn’t something you’re familiar with then feel free to ask for a bit of help.

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Quick look at WordPress to be

August 21st, 2008 No comments

So yesterday I noticed a big commit on the WordPress SVN where selected files from the “crazyhorse” branch were merged with trunk. This has resulted in a pretty different look to some of the admin sections. Because I know at least a few interested people read this, I’ve took a quick screencast of what it looks like at the moment.

As a disclaimer, I have no idea if this is technically “allowed”. However all of it is freely downloadable to those who care so I can’t really see any problem with it. I should also add that this is a highly developmental version and the entire thing could spout pink frilly things before it makes it to a release. You may notice a fair few bugs even in this video (which were not intentional but I’m not going to hide the fact it’s buggy). This is also located on my localhost which hasn’t been setup to allow the script to download and has no ftp which is why I stopped at those screens.

Screencast of WordPress Trunk

The crazyhorse branch has a few different widgets on the dashboard, including the ability to post directly from the dashboard.

If I see any more changes of note, I’ll make a similar post.

Looks good to me though.

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Documenting WordPress

August 18th, 2008 8 comments

As I mentioned in my last WordPress post I’ve been working on adding documentation to the core of WordPress, specifically the formatting.php file. This is quite a big file will upwards of 2000 lines of code and around 65 functions to document. It is used extensively in the formatting of pretty much every aspect of a blog. It surprised me therefore that when I started getting involved in developing WordPress this file (with the exception of may a dozen functions) completely lacked documentation.

Over the past number of weeks I’ve been (rather slowly, it’s quite a boring process) adding inline documentation to the file. So far I’ve got around 70-80% of the file done and plan on doing as much of the rest that I can. Unfortunately some of the functions are a bit difficult for me to understand and, at the risk of writing totally incorrect documentation, I’ve been leaving these.

However there is only one other developer actively documenting the code. New code is being documented as it is written but there is a great deal of code lacking any. Hopefully the 2.7 release will see a good deal more added. My contributions have already been committed to the Subversion trunk which I’m quite happy about.

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WordPress 2.6.1

August 15th, 2008 No comments

So WordPress 2.6.1 was released today. This marks the first release where I have contributed any code. Nothing big, just 3 bug fixes (#7366, #7336 and #7316) but I have to start somewhere. I’ve also done a bit of inline documenting for some of the functions (which is ironic because most of my own projects have chronically lacked documentation) and with any luck these will be included in the 2.7 release.

I’m quite looking forward to that release based on what I’ve seen being worked on including some very helpful features. I never really appreciated just how much goes into the development of WordPress before and I’m quite enjoying contributing on such an active project. Whether I’ll be able to keep it up when I go back to Uni or not I’m not sure, but here’s hoping.

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