The Core Team

core-groups-puzzle

What does the WP core team do? The WP core is a huge project that involves the coordination of several teams. This plan for the next week in Core gives an idea of complexity of the project:

 

 

Twentyseventeen icon theme

A developer from Automattic asks the community for icon themes:

Right now I’m using Genericons with one custom icon, but it might be nice to have something stylistically different this year. We have a lot of flexibility here. Only requirement is that the icon set uses a GPL-compatible open source license. (Melchoyce visited 14.9. 2017)

The look and feel of the theme will change as suggestions tick in.

One of them is this: feather.

Feather icon theme (GPL)
Feather icon theme (GPL)

 

Two lines of CSS

When I realized that two days of work could be done with two lines of CSS, I decided at that moment that I would never make Photoshop templates again.

(Stephen Hay: “Responsive Design Workflow” New Riders 2013: 10)

WP Core

The Slack channels for core developers:

Core meetings this week:

All meetings in the WordPress Slack #core channel unless specified otherwise.

I’ll follow the procedings in #core-themes channel.

Following WP training

Started browsing through the online lessons. Following the debate and progress in general. Skimmed the loop lesson.

IMHO colored syntax and line numbers is missing. It is hard to read the samples.

Also – from a teacher’s point of view – I’d like to know something about the outer framework. How long is the lesson intended to last? How many students are in the class? Where do the students get hands on experience?

I miss a didactic strategy:

  • A time to talk
  • A time to work
  • A time to give feedback

The loop lecture

You cannot set time aside to “install WordPress” in this lecture. If there is no running WP on all PCs you’ll end up using all the time for database or serverside issues. And get nowhere.

When I read a subsection like “Setting up a default loop” there is a # link. But a # does not say anything about the link. So the reader is lost. Text and code mingle in a way that makes the lesson hard to read. Here is a sample:

It sets up all the template tags, like the_title(),
to display the correct information for each item.
–>
<?php while ( have_posts() ) : the_post() ?>

<!–
This code will be repeated for each item in the loop.

Reading stuff like this is hard. Here I’d prefer a colored syntax. And it would be supercool if it was possible to experiment with different loops on the website.

There is room for improvement in the “Make WP training” Codex.