Last weeks status report was missed, There was not much to report in terms of progress & with Uni starting again this week..
Progress has returned to a slow pace, The API has started being integrated into api.wordpress.org – Once that is complete, The plugin installer/browser should be able to be commited into the wordPress 2.7 trunk, theres still a lot more work to do, But theres another few months to finish it up while its in trunk, and people can report back on whats working, and whats buggy.
A few changes are needed to the plugin information dialogue, The dialogue might be better integrated as a generic plugin browser – so that the upgrader can utilise it as well, this would allow users to get a bit more information about the plugin update before upgrading – Currently theres a link to wordpress.org, having that as linking to a thickbox plugin page would allow users to stay within wordpress, yet get all the information related to the plugin.
Furthur to that last point, It might be possible to have each plugin item link to their respective plugin information page (If wordpress.org hosted) – This could allow for future integration between the WordPress.org plugins directory and Self-hosted wordpress installs, For example, rating plugins from within WordPress (Which was a requested feature of the installer actually).
PS: SCU; Your fire alarm has been going off in 2 of your computer labs for 10 minutes allready, Why has no-one noticed, and for that matter, Why are all us students just ignoring it?