Calling all Australian WordPress’ers!

So, WordCamp Australia’s dates have been confirmed, The location is still undisclosed (However, It IS in sydney :)).

Are you attending? Thinking of attending? Or thinking “Wait, What are you on about“? Follow the links to register interest or find out more :)

Location: Undisclosed Venue, Sydney
Date: Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th of December 2008
Am i atttending?: I’ll make an effort to attend!

So hopefully i’ll see you there! :)

Update: It has been moved to 29/30th November:

Week 10 progress

Its time to get a move on!

  • API is Live!
  • A Diff is available on #6015
  • There are a number of TODO items still, however its definately getting there

Major items to note

  • Read general writeup in this trac comment:
  • The API only returns 6 items per page right now it seems, I might have to look into that
  • upload-a-zip is not yet implemented, however shouldn’t be too difficult – but we’ll see about that :)
  • General testing of the code so far is needed, most of it should work pretty well AFAIK – as i would hope – but YMMV, so get to it! – I wouldnt mind this being commited to WordPress trunk right now, Would make it a lot easier to track progress.. The weeks seem to be flying past right now, and i’ve not got a clue what work i’ve actually done (Uni semester has started, and yet, i seem to have done SFA work..)

    Week 8/9 Status Report

    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 – 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, 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 hosted) – This could allow for future integration between the plugins directory and Self-hosted wordpress installs, For example, rating plugins from within WordPress (Which was a requested feature of the installer actually).

     On the coding front, I’m not currently at home, so i cant really compare whats actually changed since last report, but AFAIK, Most of the activity has been cleaning up and modularising quite a lot of code, I looked at adding a Progress meter at some stage, However came up against a pretty nice brick wall when i realised there is not any decent pre-made progress bars written in Javascript/jQuery, Yes, theres a few half-attempts at them, but none which are what i would call, Useable. this basically meant that i ended up combining 2 jQuery progress bar plugins into one giant mess (Me not understanding how to write a jQuery plugin didnt help i’m sure) – So that was a pretty bad loss, I reverted all the progress bar changes and decided to have another crack at it later perhaps.


    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?

    Revision Control

    One of the major features of WordPress 2.6 is Revisions; Revisions are a powerful feature for anyone who likes to keep a track of a page/post’s modifications, But they’re not for everybody.

    There has been quite a bit of complaining that WordPress does not include a option to disable Revisions via the admin interface, and instead relied on a wp-config.php constant being defined. This plugin is designed to allow Configuring this option via the WordPress admin panel, And to set it on a per-post/page basis.

    Visit Plugin homepage for download & screenshots

    Week 7 Status report

    Not much to report:

    • UI Styling updates
    • Posted a video
    • Started playing around with a Progress bar, There does not appear to be any premade Javascript libraries to make a quick and easy progress bar (There are some, But no real decent polished ones), I’ve hacked together one out of a few instead of starting from scratch, But its not very clean at all from the servers perspective, It really doesnt fit in well with the feedback loop of the installer/upgrader.. But i’m going to persist with it.
    • I’ve also been playing around with having the updater load in an thickbox iframe, To make the updater and the installer have similar looks/styling – It works, but not as smooth IMO (Also had to add a hack in to force thickbox to show the iframe before it finishes loading..)
    • The API hasnt been really touched the last 2 weeks, I spent some time trying to get the search to work better(Currently, Search for “Akismet” and its not even on the first result page.. Every other plugin that mentions Akismet ranks higher!) – I think that may be due to my local Plugins database’s index’s not being as good as the database, But i’m not sure, I’ve not heard back about how the searching is handled on