BP Dev Chat Summary : september 1st, 2021

10.0.0 Progress

  • Shortly before the dev chat started @dcavins shared his progress about the Site Membership Requests feature: he did preparative work needed for the feature by improving the BP Signup Class and fixed 2 tickets (#8540, #7938).
  • Thanks to a discussion between @vapvarun & @im4th about 2 BP plugins @vapvarun will soon make available on the WP plugins directory (about global BP Search and using the big G reCaptcha service to secure some parts of BuddyPress), @im4th will explore the possibility to add 2 new BP Blocks: 1 to perform global search, the other to display a member’s community statistics.
  • To help @sbrajesh organize the BP Relationships API, @johnjamesjacoby created the corresponding repository on BuddyPress’s GH.
  • @espellcaste asked for a dev review about his approach on adding pagination to message threads (#8508) and thanked @im4th for the one he provided about #7614.
  • @espellcaste also introduced some very interesting functions to get a Group object, making it possible to use template functions outside of the Groups loop. You should have a look to this commit.

10.0.0 first schedule

  • 10.0.0-beta 1: ~ november 20, 2021,
  • 10.0.0 stable: ~ december 24, 2021 🎄

BP Rewrites feature as a plugin

Although @im4th only said he was making good progress about the feature during the dev chat, let’s warmly thank the first contributors who joined the adventure of using the WP Rewrite API to replace our legacy URL parser: @shanebp @boonebgorges & @rayisme 🥰.

@im4th strongly encourages all BP Plugin/theme developers to give a test to this feature as a plugin to contribute to the next way BuddyPress will parse URLs.

Next Dev-Chat

It will happen on September 15 at 19:30 UTC and of course in #BuddyPress. If you have ideas or questions, feel free (and we are strongly encouraging you) to comment this summary to share them!

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BP Dev-Chat summary: March 31, 2021

8.0.0 progress

  • @dcavins made interesting progress about the Network invites ticket (#8139) working on a new patch to manage optouts (see #8448). He was happy to get feedbacks from @boonebgorges and @im4th about it. As it would be really great to have this feature added to Core for the 8.0.0 milestone @im4th has offered his help with the BP Nouveau Template pack JS/PHP parts needed to be improved to welcome the feature. @dcavins will update the main ticket with directions about this area.
  • @vapvarun will submit new patches about these two tickets:
    • Acceptance Checkbox Field (#4747)
    • new BP Email when a user has successfully validated their account (#8428)
  • @im4th added some patches about improving the signup form customization (#6347), feedbacks are very welcome, there’s a demo of the first patch after this bullet list.
  • @im4th suggested, once again, we update the initial 8.0.0 schedule to give us 1 extra week (3 more than the initial schedule) to try to have the Network Invites feature ready for 8.0.0 and finally decide about its inclusion in 8.0.0 during next dev-chat.
  • @espellcaste did a great job about caching the item schemas to improve the BP REST API performance (#GH386). He will try to work on the ticket about migrating BP Core builds to GitHub Actions (#8421) in the coming weeks.
Demo of the first patch on #6347

Updated 8.0.0 schedule

  • 8.0.0-beta1: April 22
  • 8.0.0 stable release: May 26.

Open Floor

@vapvarun shared the latest plugin he submitted to w.org Plugins Directory. If you’re looking for a nice way to preview any links into your activities, give it a try 😉

Next Dev-Chat

It will happen on April 14 at 19:30 UTC and of course in #BuddyPress. If you have ideas or questions, feel free (and we are strongly encouraging you) to comment this summary to share them!

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BP Dev-Chat Summary: October 21, 2020

7.0.0-beta1 feedbacks

7.0.0-beta1 was released on October 16. So far, nothing specific to it was posted into our support forums. At the time we had the meeting, @im4th, thanks to @IAmTheWebb tests, had reported an issue (now fixed) with the Activity Embed block into our Trac environment. This last Friday @k3690 reported a wrong usage of the member term into a Group Type meta property (now fixed).

7.0.0 remaining tickets

  • #8292 @vapvarun submitted a patch during the meeting 💪, @im4th reviewed it some time after, brought some minor improvements and it has been fixed yesterday. It’s now possible to assigned more than one member types to users from their WP Admin Extended Profile 🙌 .
  • About #8179, @im4th asked @vapvarun to update the ticket with 2 squared corner avatars with these dimensions: 150px x 150px (full) & 50px x 50px (thumb). @im4th will try to progress on a patch in the meantime.
  • We’ve postponed #8093 (Profile Field visibility improvements) to a next milestone.
  • #8375 was reopened by the reporter, as the filter we’ve added wasn’t matching its needs. @dcavins @johnjamesjacoby & @im4th have been discussing about it last week in #BuddyPress and came to the conclusion a possible better place to allow the invitation table’s name filtering was to include the {$bp_prefix}bp_invitations table name into the global_tables property of the BP_Members_Component object. @dcavins will investigate this week about that possible change.
  • Finally shortly after our meeting, @boonebgorges reported a new ticket about improving the xprofile_get_field() function so that it only pulls up the data for a field when necessary. The patch he suggested as a first step looks safe to @im4th who thinks it should be included into the 7.0.0 release: it’s always great to improve DB performance. Please have a look at #8378 and send him some feedbacks about your thoughts.

7.0.0 release schedule update

We are going to package a new 7.0.0-beta to include as much fixes as possible considering the previous chapter. Packaging will happen shortly after our next BP Dev-Chat.

  • 7.0.0-beta2: November 4th
  • 7.0.0-RC1: around November 18 (string freeze).
  • 7.0.0: December 1st 🎯

7.0.0 release tasks

The following list of tasks needs to be achieved before we package our next major release (7.0.0).

BP REST API documentation updates@im4th
BP Survey results@im4th
7.0.0 Release note@vapvarun
7.0.0 Credits update:
– BuddyPress Trac
– BP REST GitHub repository

7.0.0 Pizza Restaurant name@dcavins
7.0.0 Announcement post@im4th

NB: we’ll also need to add a patch to #8376 to update our “Hello BuddyPress” modal.

GitHub default branch naming for BuddyPress repositories

This point was moved to a future development meeting. @johnjamesjacoby shared his thoughts about it. Possibilities are main or trunk. FYI WordPress contributors decided to use trunk for repositories of the WordPress organization on August 19.

Open floor

@dcavins asked a question about using the new BuddyPress development environment: when making changes to the BuddyPress source code, he was wondering how is updated the running environment? In other words, do we need to run some specific commands to update it?

@im4th replied changes were automatically taken in account without doing anything more than saving the BuddyPress source code changes. @IAmTheWebb confirmed: “the folder you see outside docker is mapped to inside, so changes you make should appear automagically

Next Dev-Chat

It will happen on November 4 at 19:00 UTC and of course in #BuddyPress. If you have ideas or questions, feel free (and we are strongly encouraging you) to comment this summary to share them!

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BP Dev-Chat Summary: September 23, 2020

First, here’s a clarification regarding the context in which this meeting took place : @im4th thought we were a week before 7.0.0-beta1 release 😆 and urge BuddyPress contributors to review the remaining tickets scheduled for the 7.0.0 milestone! We’re now (October 3rd) 2 weeks away from this beta release 😇.

Postponed features

Due to lack of time, we’ve decided to work on the following features during the 8.0.0 development cycle:

  • Attachments for BuddyPress (#8022)
  • BP Members Invitations (#8139)
  • Block based Activity post form (#8319) *
  • Activity Scheduling (#7953) *

* FYI: the BP Blocks plugin used to develop BP Blocks is also used to develop these two features. You can early play with the Block Based Activity post form and the activity scheduling feature, thanks to this plugin, on a testing site. Contributions are always welcome!

7.0.0 updates

  • BP Types UI have been included into Core. It’s now possible to manage Group & Member types from the WordPress administration. More information about it here.
  • The BP REST API now includes a new endpoint to let logged in users to create new blogs (if the network settings allow it). See this GitHub PR.

7.0.0 remaining tickets

7.0.0 BP Blocks

There will be a new block to embed an activity into a post. During the dev chat we agreed it was important to add 2 more blocks : BP Members & BP Groups blocks. See #8369. (The members one has since been built!)

Some great code improvements has been added by @espellcaste into the BP Blocks plugin. He also suggested we start having regular meetings specific to BuddyPress blocks. So here’s a poll to see if you’re interested about it.

Here are some topics we could discuss about during these specific meetings:

  • How to attract WP Block developers to have fun with BP ones?
  • How to smoothly prepare the Block Based Activity post form merge into Core so that BuddyPress Plugins developer can start working on migrating the feature they add to the legacy post form into the block based one?
  • How BuddyPress could benefit from React, WP React components + BP REST API to improve the user experience?
  • What about a “Block ready” Template pack or a BuddyPress standalone theme?

7.0.0 release schedule

  • 7.0.0-beta1: October 15 💆🏻
  • 7.0.0 : December 1st

Open floor

We’ve been discussing about how to improve the way we communicate towards contributors about features/code improvements added to upcoming BuddyPress releases. @im4th suggested to use this blog to post these kind of updates making sure to use the “Development notes” a sub-category of it for the version number. For instance you can quickly read important changes to expect in BuddyPress 7.0.0 from there: Development notes/7.0.

@IAmTheWebb asked us about how he could update some BP Codex pages. Regular contributors we trust like him can ping me @imath on WP Slack or request an access during our Core dev-chats to make this happen! We are very interested into welcoming new Documentation contributors 🙌 🤝.

Next Dev-Chat

It will happen on October 7 at 19:00 UTC and of course in #BuddyPress. If you have ideas or questions, feel free (and we are strongly encouraging you) to comment this summary to share them!

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BP Dev-Chat Summary: September 9, 2020

BuddyPress.org redesign project

This project will now have its own development meeting every other Tuesday in #BuddyPress at 19:00 UTC. We’ll start this coming Tuesday: September 15. If you want to help us build the next BuddyPress.org‘s appearance, you are very welcome to join us.

6.3.0 maintenance release

Get ready to update your BuddyPress! We’ll publish this maintenance release early this coming Monday: September 14. An announcement post and a release note on our official site will explain the 3 fixes that will contain the 6.3.0 version of BuddyPress.

7.0.0 release cycle updates

@im4th raised attention on the #8355 ticket. We have an important decision to take about how we’re adding the bp_moderate cap to site Administrators. Me, @boonebgorges and @johnjamesjacoby have been working on this ticket recently and I believe it’s important other Core Developers give this ticket a look and eventually add their feedback to it.

@im4th also shared his decision to start working on adding the BP Types UI (Groups: #7179, Members: #7181) into BuddyPress trunk: expect to see a bunch of commits within the next 2 weeks!

@vapvarun shared his feedbacks about the @wordpress/env module we’ve added last week. He tested it using Microsoft Windows (Many thinks to him 😍 ) and find out it requires 2 other Node development dependencies:

@im4th will look for a way to include these dependencies only when BuddyPress is used on a Microsoft Windows platform.

@dcavins will post the Members Invitations updated patch next week. For 7.0.0 he plans to include the basic features making sure to have hooks at the right place to let plugin developers easily extend them.

After the dev-chat, @espellcaste wrote some updates about his latest contributions to the BP REST API and the BP WP CLI plugins:

    • He added improvements to the Travis config
    • We now have support for PHP 7.4
    • He’ll be working on the blog’s create_item endpoint soon and thinks it’ll be ready for the 7.0.0 release :doigts_croisés::couleur_de_peau-5:
    • He added a new command to scaffold BuddyPress tests to a plugin: wp bp scaffold tests
    • He also added improvements to the Travis config.

7.0.0 release schedule

  • 7.0.0-beta1: October 15 😬
  • 7.0.0 : December 1st

Next Dev-Chat

It will happen on September 23 at 19:00 UTC and of course in #BuddyPress. If you have ideas or questions, feel free (and we are strongly encouraging you) to comment this summary to share them!

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BP Dev-Chat summary: july 29, 2020

BP Types UI

We took a decision about whether to package a plugin or directly merge the Member Types and Group Types Administration UI into BuddyPress. BP Types UI will be introduced in BuddyPress 7.0.0. You can already test/review the patch about it.

6.2.0 Maintenance release

We’ve released it as scheduled on August 6. See this announcement post for more info about it.

7.0.0 release cycle updates

@boonebgorges has committed a more permanent fix than the one we included in 6.2.0 about the deprecation of WordPress options containing the black/white terms into their name and also remove these same terms from the xProfile component & moderation code (#8339). If you find some more places in our codebase where we can improve the language used for a better contributors inclusivity, don’t hesitate to add patches to the ticket.

@espellcaste requested and got a second opinion about #8011 & #8308. We then discussed about the best way to tackle the BP REST API’s #342 issue. @boonebgorges wrote a summary of what we decided into this comment.

@dcavins gave us updates about his progress on Network invites (see #8139). The new code will be added to the Members component and a new DB table will be created to handle opt-outs for non-site-members.

@im4th shared about his work on the BP Blocks’ front. A new block is now included to share posts/pages into the activity stream. It uses the Activity Block based post form. See this PR for more info about it.

7.0.0 release schedule

  • 7.0.0-beta1: October 15
  • 7.0.0 : December 1st

BuddyPress.org redesign

Unfortunately we ran out of time (@im4th ‘s fault!). @mercime & @vapvarun are doing great progress you can follow from this GANTT chart.

Next Dev-Chat

It will happen on August 12 at 19:00 UTC and of course in #BuddyPress. If you have ideas or questions, feel free (and we are strongly encouraging you) to comment this summary to share them!

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BP Dev-Chat summary: july 1st, 2020

7.0.0 development cycle

  • @vapvarun & @mercime have tested #8317 (Many thanks to them 😍). Results are: it works using Ubuntu server, MacOs, Windows 10 Pro and better, Windows home (after enabling WSL2). @im4th believes we should include the @wordpress/env into our repository to simplify the way people can quickly have a development environment to start contributing to BuddyPress.
  • We spoke about #8291 and the attached patch to the ticket. @vapvarun tested it in current WordPress and WordPress < 5.3 successfully 👌. The patch has been committed a few days ago.
  • @im4th gave updates about the delete confirmation screens @adil has been contributing to (many thanks to him 💪). There are now confirmation screens on the same way we’re doing it for Group items when you delete a group of xProfile fields #8305, an xProfile field #8321 and an activity #8304 from their Administration screens.
  • @mercime will soon update a first patch to #8301 to improve BP Nouveau’s compatibility with Twenty Twenty.

BuddyPress.org new design

@mercime explained how she and @vapvarun could progress on the project posting tickets and patches on Meta Trac. It’s the most direct way as the bb-base and the buddypress-org themes are hosted on this SVN repository. A possible downside would be commit access, but we can always set a GitHub repository to iterate and post tickets/patches regularly on Meta Trac. @mercime is working on scheduling/organizing tasks and has shared a GANTT with the contributing team.

Homework! 👨‍🏫

At the end of our development meeting, @im4th shared about the improvements he and @boonebgorges have added to the BP Types UI plugin lately. The goal of this plugin was to explore ways to add an Administration UI to manage BuddyPress Group and Member Types. After exploring a Post Type possible road, we are now extending the WP Terms UI so that it’s possible to add/edit/delete new types and it’s possible to customize types registered by code (we’re keeping the best of both processes). Below are some screenshots about how it looks at the current stage:

Here comes the homework: how should we make these UIs available for testing to eventually include them into BuddyPress 7.0.0 (or up) ? I see 2 big options:

  • include this into core directly and use our beta releases to test it.
  • package a plugin from GitHub and ask contributors to test it.

What is/are yours? Let’s talk about it during our next dev-chat!

7.0.0 Release Schedule

  • 7.0.0-beta1: October 15
  • 7.0.0 : December 1st

Next Dev-Chat

It will happen on July 15 at 19:00 UTC and of course in #BuddyPress. If you have ideas or questions, feel free (and we are strongly encouraging you) to comment this summary to share them!

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BP Dev-Chat Summary: June 3rd, 2020

For this meeting we chose to focus on defining the next features the team will work on for the 7.0.0 development cycle as well as first information about the 7.0.0 release schedule.

7.0.0 Features whishlist

@im4th first thanked the contributors who submitted tickets to our Call for Tickets. If you haven’t had the chance to add yours yet, you still have time: the call’s deadline is set to June 17.

7.0.0 Release Schedule

At the end of our meeting we agreed on this schedule:

  • 7.0.0-beta1: October 15
  • 7.0.0 : December 1st

I’ve just updated the 7.0.0 milestone: let’s start contributing to this great release!

Next Dev-Chat

It will happen on June 17 at 19:00 UTC and of course in #BuddyPress. If you have ideas or questions, feel free (and we are strongly encouraging you) to comment this summary to share them!

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BP Dev-Chat Summary: May 6, 2020

Before discussing about the points on our agenda, @im4th explained why he quickly packaged a second Release Candidate on May 3rd. His goal was to early fix an issue about the BuddyPress build process regarding how JavaScript i18n strings can be identified by GlotPress on our WordPress.org plugin repository. The idea was to leave as much time as possible to Polyglots Contributors to help us make available our next major release in as much languages as possible.

BuddyPress 6.0.0 Hello & Credits Screens, & the 2020 survey

We’ve been discussing about an a11y issue @mercime raised into this comment. @im4th said he will look into it asap to try to fix it before 6.0.0 release. The improvements @dcavins (many thanks for your help) brought to the initial patch has been taken in account during the first commit about the Hello Screen. We will add the link to the 2020 survey at the last minute. @mercime already opened a ticket on Meta Trac to request for survey banners on our sites (BuddyPress.org, the Codex and the Developer Ressources site). @mercime (many thanks to you too!!) also committed to update the props of the Credits Screen for 6.0.0. The 2 last steps about props are to:

  • include the Polyglots contributors to the Props list.
  • introduce a new section “Noteworthy Contributors to 6.0.0” and do the required updates about the drop of the “Recent Rockstars” one.

About this new section @im4th suggested to add  @vapvarun @IAmTheWebb and @Passoniate to it and left “nomination” opened if other members of the team want to add other important contributors to 6.0.0.

Finally, we’ve listed the ultimate tasks to achieve before 6.0.0 release.

  1. Fix last PHP 7.4 issues. Many thanks to @rayisme for dealing with it and fixing it 💪.
  2. Update the 6.0.0 changelog.
  3. Write the 6.0.0 announcement post.
  4. Choose the Pizza name for this release (@im4th will reach out to team’s member privately in Slack to keep it secret until d-day!).

BP REST API Documentation updates

After @im4th‘s first pass about it less than 10 endpoints needed a review/update. He thinks it’s doable before the release date and since the dev-chat, it’s important to mention that @mercime has been doing an amazing job about it reviewing and updating 11 endpoints so far 👏🏆.

6.0.0 Final schedule

BuddyPress 6.0.0 is slated for release on May 14

@im4th is confident we will be able to release it for May 14th. No blockers were raised during the meeting, so let’s do it !

Next dev chat

It will happen on May 20 at 19:00 UTC (a week after release) and of course in #BuddyPress. If you have ideas or questions, feel free (and we are strongly encouraging you) to comment this summary to share them!

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BP Dev Chat Summary: April 22, 2020

Hello screen & BuddyPress 2020 survey

The ticket for the Hello Screen has been created on Trac (#8270). @im4th started the meeting by asking feedbacks about it. @IAmTheWebb after a brain to html conversion of the patch thinks it looks good. A screenshot of the Hello Screen has been added to the ticket to ease this conversion 😅. @im4th also said there was a placeholder to insert the link to the BuddyPress Survey 2020.

@mercime volunteered to draft the 6.0.0 changelog 😍. She already prepared a first version of it using @rayisme‘s BP Changelog. Here’s the link to its preview if some of us wants to give a hand to fine tune it.

BP REST API documentation updates

@im4th shared the GH issue we can use to follow our progress about this task. He said he would take care of documenting the 6 new endpoints as the process to create new documentation pages using the BP REST API inline documentation is a pain to complete. He just finished adding these 6 new documentation page today (April 29). We still need to check all the other endpoints are up to date with latest BP REST API improvements.

Discussions about 6.0.0-RC1 & 6.0.0 schedule

At the time of the dev-chat there was 3 tickets in the milestone’s queue. As @IAmTheWebb noticed the ticket about the removal of the Legacy BuddyBar (#7729) was needing some extra time to be fixed during this release, so @im4th moved it to next major release. @im4th said he would take a deeper look to the ticket about the privacy data introduced in WP 5.4 (#8266). He did so 40 hours ago and decided to also move this ticket to next major release.

We agreed on a new schedule to leave 2 weeks between RC1 and final release so that translation contributors can help us making BuddyPress 6.0.0 available in as many language as possible. So here it is:

  • 6.0.0 RC1: April 29 (in a few hours 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️)
  • 6.0.0: May 14

Open floor

@im4th started by saying a big “TY” to @boonebgorges who packaged the 5.2 maintenance and security release the day before the dev-chat.

About #meta-5141 @mercime suggested to add a new page on BuddyPress.org to introduce our two documentation resources (The Codex & Developer site). @im4th agreed it was a great idea.

Next dev chat

It will happen on May 6 at 19:00 UTC (a week before final release) and of course in #BuddyPress. If you have ideas or questions, feel free (and we are strongly encouraging you) to comment this summary to share them!

😷 Stay safe

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