WordPress Digest #77: Coding Standards for Cranky Developers and Accusations of Automattic Engaging in Underhanded Tactics

This (mostly) bi-weekly serves to inform and enlighten our minds on latest happenings in the sprawling countryside we call WordPress Land.

This is a light one. WP news has been a bit slow the past couple weeks.

Release News

  • SlotFill, a slick method of extending Gutenberg components (similar to filter and action hooks) developed by 10up is baked into Gutenberg 6.1 and will be coming to WordPress 5.3.
  • The Core team is making some changes to the PHP coding standards. There’s some interesting stuff in there, but one thing I found humorous was the disclaimer at the top: “…it’s important to keep in mind that they only apply to WordPress Core: you can (and should) choose practices that best suits your development style for your own plugins and themes. The coding standards are intentionally opinionated…” and further down: “Thank you everyone for your input, and for keeping disagreements respectful.”…as if they were anticipating a bunch of cranky developers getting real riled up. I can’t for the life of me understand why they would think that of a community that still can’t come to terms with the fact that the differences between tabs and spaces really doesn’t matter [/sarcasm].

Extending WordPress

  • Interested in where the Block Directory may end up? Some design and UX concepts have been posted up, along with a Figma prototype. Some really nice stuff in there, but really I mainly want to talk about how awesome it is that Figma prototypes are being included in announcements like these now. Super engaging way to see the process.

Grab Bag

  • John O’Nolan, CEO of Ghost, an open-source publishing platform competitor to WordPress has an axe to grind with Automattic. He accuses them of engaging in a bunch of underhanded tactics and anti-competitive behavior.
  • The WordPress Theme Review Team is working towards making all themes in the Theme Directory accessible through new sets of requirements.
  • WPCampus 2019 is going to be live streamed for those that can’t make it to the conference in Portland, OR on July 25-27.

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