[wp-hackers] Is WordPress Development Slowing Down?
r at schestowitz.com
Mon May 15 17:08:32 GMT 2006
___/ On Mon 15 May 2006 15:45:04 BST, [ Matt Mullenweg ] wrote : \___
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> To clarify in advance, this is a benign case of curiosity; not a rant. I
>> have been meaning to ask this for a couple of month, but was too shy to
>> say anything. Figures seem to indicate that, based on the (admittedly poor
>> indicator which is) number of commits, WordPress changes less and less as
>> time goes on. A decline from half a dozen commits per day to just 1 or 2
>> is noticeable.
Allow me to apologise for generating so much 'noise'. It wasn't at all my
intent nor expectation.
> I think the raw numbers may be misleading. We used to commit thing
> willy-nilly, often with typos that would be caught minutes later or
> with obvious bug-fixes that went in a few hours later.
> Now with our much more mature use of Trac, that sort of thing is much
> less common.
I am pleased to hear this. I was looking at the scale of changes before
making any hasty assumptions. I understand that I am right in pointing out
that the extent of changes /may/ have been reduced, yet I was gauging this
at the wrong 'season', as well as by the wrong criteria. It makes perfect
> Two things to note:
> Feature-wise, I think 2.1 is shaping up to be really kick-ass. We've
> got some absolutely killer things like spell check and XML
> import/export that have been on the TODO forever. To top it off, it's
> going to be faster and more secure than any previous WordPress, and
> it includes the work of more people.
> Second, I think if you talk about the speed of development, you have
> to look at things outside of core commits that have happened in 2006:
> * New logo and redesign of WordPress.org (and server move)
> * Long-awaited forum improvements (bbPress)
> * Tons of plugins, including some that might be core candidates
> * New theme/plugin download infrastructure and stats
> * Codex stability
> * Making MU not such an ugly cousin
> And yes, personally I have spent a fair amount of time on Akismet and
> WP.com development.
That's perfectly acceptable. By no means did I criticise. I wish you the
best of luck and I take pleasure in seeing it develop.
> There are a lot of things that could be done on the code side to
> benefit the folks that help out on the forums and Codex every day,
> but there isn't a lot of overlap between those folks and the hackers.
> When I look at things that need the most work, it's not the core
> code, it's in the support services around it.
> * The forums need more luv
> * Theme directory, download, discovery, update notification
> * The same for plugins
> * Dev blog posts
> * Actually using our newsletter with 50k+ subscribers
> * Internationalization of WP.org, forums, codex, etc
> * Making documentation less verbose
> * Support, support, support
> I think what we do need is more people with commit to WordPress.org,
> as that'd benefit the community in a very direct way.
I presume that going down the 'Mozilla route' is out of the question
entirely. I would not mind to be proven wrong *smile*. In the long run,
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