[buddypress-trac] [BuddyPress Trac] #5735: Modernise JS

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Sat Jul 5 10:47:14 UTC 2014

#5735: Modernise JS
 Reporter:  DJPaul          |      Owner:
     Type:  enhancement     |     Status:  new
 Priority:  normal          |  Milestone:  2.2
Component:  All Components  |    Version:
 Severity:  normal          |   Keywords:
 BP's JS is overdue to be updated and re-written to modern standards. Most
 of what we have now (even inside the templates, which was copied from BP-
 Default) has remaining untouched for a few years. The biggest problems
 with the current JS that I'd like to see addressed are:

 * Code quality is inconsistent (some is OK, most is bad).
 * Which makes it unnecessarily challenging when we want to update existing
 * It's spread across many files throughout core packages (i.e. the widget
 JS) and the template directory. There might be opportunities for
 consolidation to reduce the number of requests a web browser needs to
 * Some of this complexity is because of JS dependencies, which we
 can/should use a modern approach to resolve, such as Browserify
 (browserify.org). This will also help us better structure our JS into
 modules (imagine if our PHP was all in one or two files!).

 After this, we'll be in a position that empowers us to be able to
 seriously consider using complex JS for any future UI elements, without
 being worried about all these legacy JS problems. I'm also hopeful this
 will encourage contributions to the project from JS developers, for who we
 don't really make it easy to contribute (yet).

 Other than personally preferring Browserify over RequireJS, all the
 specific details of any JS rewrite are not decided, and when we start 2.2
 development, that would be a good time for all BP contributors to help
 plan how we decide to approach this.

Ticket URL: <https://buddypress.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/5735>
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