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WordPress 2.2 comes to the party.

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The WP team has droped WordPress 2.2 on the WordPress community.

For those intrested:

  • WordPress Widgets allow you to easily rearrange and customize areas of your weblog (usually sidebars) with drag-and-drop simplicity. This functionality was originally available as a plugin Widgets are now included by default in the core code, significantly cleaned up, and enabled for the default themes.
  • Full Atom support, including updating our Atom feeds to use the 1.0 standard spec and including an implementation of the Atom Publishing API to complement our XML-RPC interface.
  • A new Blogger importer that is able to handle the latest version of Google’s Blogger product and seamlessly import posts and comments without any user interaction beyond entering your login.
  • Infinite comment stream, meaning that on your Edit Comments page when you delete or spam a comment using the AJAX links under each comment it will bring in another comment in the background so you always have 20 items on the page. (I know it sounds geeky, but try it!)
  • We now protect you from activating a plugin or editing a file that will break your blog.
  • Core plugin and filter speed optimizations should make everything feel a bit more snappy and lighter on your server.
  • We’ve added a hook for WYSIWYG support in a future version of Safari.

In addition there were also dozens of UI and accessibility improvements, ranging from more concise wording around options and links to things like a view and preview link above the content box when you’re editing a post or page.

Developer Features:

We also improved a great deal under the hood that hopefully you’ll never notice, but if you’re a developer for the WP platform it provides a lot to sink your teeth into. Here is a sampling:

  • A new set of WordPress-specific XML-RPC APIs that allow for editing pages, setting categories, and much more.
  • We now use jQuery for a number of internal functions, and hope to transition all of our JS to use it. (We still need volunteers for this.)
  • Comment feeds now support multiple formats, including Atom.
  • Our internal mail functions now use phpMailer, which allows for things like SMTP support.
  • You can now set database collation and character set in your config file.
  • You can also hardcode your site and WP URL in the config file, overriding the values in the DB.
  • Finally we’ve increased the inline documentation of a number of functions inside of WP, which should help you navigate those parts of the code.

If you’d like an in-depth look at everything that changed, here is a list of all 244 closed tickets in our bug tracker and you can use this link to see what files and lines of code changed. (It was a lot!)

New Development Cycle

Most interesting about this release is that is our first under the new, experimental development cycle that we first talked about when we released version 2.1 fewer than 4 months ago. We delayed a few weeks from our target date in April, but ended up under our original goal of a 4 month major release cycle. My thanks and congratulations to the entire WordPress community for pulling together and making that happen. It wasn’t without its bumps, but the things we learned along the way will make our next release in September even better. You can now look forward to a fast but stable schedule of new features and goodies several times a year from WordPress.

Around the Community

There were 1.4 million downloads of WordPress 2.1 in the four months it was available.

We’ve expanded WordPress.org quite a bit, most notably the very active plugins directory and the ideas forum.

Come meet other WordPress users and developers at WordCamp, which is going to be taking place July 21-22 in San Francisco.

Don’t forget to check out WordPress’ cousins MU and bbPress, both of which have been seeing some pretty cool development lately.

Help Out

The most valuable thing you can give back to WordPress is your time — the time to help a friend discover the joy of blogging, the time to help a stanger (a friend you haven’t met yet) on the support forums, or the time to help make WordPress a better product.

A short mini Q and A

  • Q – What does WordPress look like and act like?
  • A – Well it can look like alot of things. and your using it right now. on how it acts, Most of the time its friendly. Unless you upload a malformed plugin and try to activate it. Theeen it can get a little ugly. (usually comes back around in a few hours, So no biggie)

(Orignal Post: http://wordpress.org/development/2007/05/wordpress-22)

The original photomatt (Matt’s blog) posting: (http://photomatt.net/2007/05/15/22-dropped/ )

Get your self a copy (for free) at http://wordpress.org/download

and as of the posting of this article,

“WordPress 2.2 has been downloaded 5,927 times” and it’s only been released 4 or 5 hours ago.

See the image, Click here.

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Written by markp1

May 15, 2007 at 11:23 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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