At WordCamp St. Louis, WordPress Lead Developer Peter Westwood (@westi) opened the floor for a question and answer session.
Here were some of the questions asked:
What does a WordPress core developer do?
WordPress core developers do triaging bugs and trac.
How can you contribute to the Core Handbook?
Contact Peter Westwood.
How do you centralize updates in core?
2. weekly meeting in dev irc 4P UTC on Thurs (List of IRC Channels on WordPress Codex)
4. wp-hackers mailing list and testing mailing list
What is target version release goal for WordPress?
3 to 4 per year in order to try to get more focused releases instead of waiting so much longer for new features
What are some key features that may be expected in future?
- Media- improve uploader.
- Make it easier for plugins to integrate better
- Better theme options
- Better overall experience
Thoughts on WordPress and mobile???? (Peter’s thoughts)
Definitely an area to improve.
Is there any plans to improve backend search in WordPress? (hard to find a post based on keywords)
Right now, it is not something currently put to core at the moment.
Will WordPress drop IE7 support for 3.3?
A little too soon for future 3.3.
Standardization on custom fields?
Something that could be on the table maybe 3.4.
Where are unit tests?
Codex instructions for Unit Testing WordPress.
How features are prioritized?
Usually WordPress ideas forum (where users can submit idea and even vote.)
What are some upcoming updates to expect?
- WordPress.com- improving import and export process
- WordPress core- bringing HTML to email capabilities