Open-sourcing the Code Comments Trac plugin. It’s Github, in your Trac. Go VIP!
New York Times releases code to help journalists collaborate on WordPress, other platforms. Track changes within the WordPress editor. Code is available on Github; it would be awesome to see this support realtime collaborative editing too. (via Steve Myers)
I worry about the independent web. I worry about the content creators, and I worry that if 100 percent of the distribution of everything starts to go through just a few websites, that kills the vibrancy.
A few years ago, Google started favoring some of their own websites over others. They left a path of scorched earth through many prominent businesses and publishers. Facebook hasn’t done that, but they could. And I think that would be bad for the web as a whole.
As things like Facebook’s news feed become ever more ingrained in our lives, the knobs they turn are hugely influential. For a year now, I’ve said scripting is the new literacy. That’s something I strongly believe. In Douglas Rushkoff’s latest book, he talks about “program or be programmed.” That is, if you’re not in control of your inputs, you’re not really in control of your outputs either. You’re just a reactionary force.
The Internet needs a strong, independent platform for those of us who don’t want to be at the mercy of someone else’s domain. I like to think that if we didn’t create WordPress something else that looks a lot like it would exist. I think Open Source is kind of like our Bill of Rights. It’s our Constitution. If we’re not true to that, nothing else matters.
Matt Mullenweg — Open Web FTW
Co-Authors Plus makes it easy to add multiple bylines to a given post, and has full support for custom post types. Out this evening, v2.6 has the following improvements: Sortable authors — drag and drop the order of the authors as you’d like them to… Continue reading →
beaucollins/wp-teleport – GitHub. Quick launcher for the WordPress admin available as a Chrome extension or Safari plugin. UI/UX is quite similar to Alfred App. Nice work,
Beau Robert Collins.
Open Source (Almost) Everything. Tom Preston-Werner on the different reasons open source is advantageous to Github: it’s great advertising, it’s a “force multiplier” that produces better code, and it helps keep the best people at your company.
Use Edit Flow with files of any format. Neat integration coming up in the next release of WP Document Revisions thanks in part to the power of a strong open source community.
It should be much easier for developers to contribute code back to inactive or abandoned WordPress.org plugins.
For instance, Inline Google Spreadsheet Viewer is still a perfectly valid plugin, but hasn’t been updated since September 2010, has WP_DEBUG as true at the top of the file, and needs user input sanitization for it to be secure. These things I’ll fix for my own site; there should be an easy way to contribute these fixes back to the community.
wpshell – WordPress Code Trac. Load an entire WordPress environment and execute arbitrary PHP as you please. Awesome tool.
Using Github has changed, and continues to change, my development practices, by making me think more about audience and reuse (notions that are familiar to teachers of writing), encouraging the “release early and often” mantra (since all my stuff is public anyway more or less as soon as I write it), and orienting me toward collaboration by default, rather than solo coding. All these changes are highly laudable, leading to better product, and making my work more fun.
Boone Gorges — Musings on Git and Github.