Contributing to WordPress -- WordCamp Savannah 2010

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How to Contribute to the WordPress project. Ideas, support, documentation, design, development. Learn about best practices for contributing to an open source project, and some of the development philosophies of WordPress.

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Contributing to WordPress CoreAndrew Nacin WordPress Core Developertwitter @nacin web andrewnacin.com email andrewnacin@gmail.comWordCamp Savannah August 21, 2010

Make sure WP_CACHE is true. Props nacin.

How can you contribute?

Ideas

Support

Documentation

Evangelism

Testing

Translating

Design

Development

How does code make it into WordPress?

Contributing to open source Take constructive feedback. Don t take it personal. Patches welcome! Tickets tasks, enhancements, bug reports Patches code, design, documentation Discussion comments, weekly chats

What makes a great bug report?

Our philosophies.

Decisions, not options.

Preferences have a cost. Too many means you can't find any of them. They damage QA and testing. They make good UI difficult. They confuse users.

Do something specific and do it well. Defaults that work will lead the UI in the right direction.

The quality of an interface design is inversely proportional to the number of designers.

If you're too lazy to do the homework and think through the big-picture rationale, I'm too lazy to add the feature.

In the presence of good rationale, maintainers should be willing to change their mind often.

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QUALITY ASSURANCE

pre-release candidates for 3.0 were downloaded 75,000 times

Follow along! Join us! #wordpress-dev on freenode.net http://wpdevel.wordpress.com http://core.trac.wordpress.org wp-svn mailing list for commits wp-hackers plugin and core developers wp-testers beta testers @PatchesWelcome on Twitter

Questions?

twitter @nacin web andrewnacin.com email andrewnacin@gmail.com