Wednesday, May 25, 2011

WordPress 3.2 Beta 2 also available

In other news, our development of WordPress 3.2 development continues right on schedule. We released Beta 1 thirteen days ago, and today we’re putting out Beta 2 for your testing pleasure.

This is still beta software, so we don’t recommend that you use it on production sites. But if you’re a plugin developer, a theme developer, or a site administrator, you should be running this on your test environments and reporting any bugs you find. If you’re a WordPress user who wants to open your presents early, take advantage of WordPress’ famous 5-minute install and spin up a secondary test site. Let us know what you think!

The plan is to start putting out release candidates in early June, and to release WordPress 3.2 by the end of the month. The more you help us iron out issues during the beta period, the more likely we are to hit those dates. To misappropriate and mangle a quote from Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the punctuality you want to see in the WordPress.” In other words, test now!

Here are some of the things that changed since Beta 1:
  • Google Chrome Frame is now supported in the admin, if you have it installed. This is especially useful for IE 6 users (remember, IE 6 is otherwise deprecated for the admin).
  • The admin is less ugly in IE 7.
  • The blue admin color scheme has caught up to the grey one, and is ready for testing.
  • We are now bundling jQuery 1.6.1. You should test any JS that uses jQuery. WordPress JavaScript guru Andrew Ozz has a post with more info.
Download WordPress 3.2 Beta 2

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Rails 3.0.1 and Rails 2.3.10 Released To Counter Nested Attributes Vulnerability

Michael Koziarski (a.k.a. nzkoz) has announced the simultaneous release of Rails 3.0.1 and 2.3.10. Don't get too excited - they're only very minor security releases intended to resolve a nasty bug that surfaced in 2.3.9 and 3.0.0. Upgrade if possible but if you're unsure, read on for some pointers.

The bug in question surrounds nested attributes that are accepted through the accepts_nested_attributes_for method. If you're not using this method, you're probably OK, though I have a big fat disclaimer over that (if you don't upgrade and your app gets fried, don't blame me ;-)).

If you're using 2.3.9 or 3.0.0 and are truly unable to upgrade at this point but are using nested attributes, Michael has included patches on this post. You might also appreciate the discussion on Hacker News if you want more info and insight.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

iPhone Helpers Plugin for Rails 3.x

Picking the name of a new library or plugin is stressful. You could go too informal and call your library something like authgasm (now authlogic) or too formal and call it "Dull Authentication Plugin for Enterprises 1.0." It's the geek equivalent of calling your kid Butterfly or Jane. Fair enough, but what if you just called your daughter Kid or Girl? That's the approach taken by the author of the snappily named rails-iphone-helpers.

Rails-iphone-helpers is a Rails plugin that provides helper methods to produce iPhone-specific (or iOS, more precisely) HTML.

This library solves a simple problem, but few people have the patience or interest in memorizing the underlying code to set viewpoint sizes, scaling options, iOS icons, or iOS splash image settings. With rails-iphone-helpers, it all becomes structured and simple.. what more could you want from a plugin, really?

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Agile Web Development with Rails, 4th Edition

Rails 3 is a major release—the changes aren’t just incremental, but structural. So we decided to follow suit. This book isn’t just a mild reworking of the previous edition to make it run with the new Rails. Instead, it’s a complete refactoring.
You’ll still find the Depot example at the front, but you’ll also find testing knitted right in. Gone are the long reference chapters—that’s what the web does best. Instead you’ll find more targeted information on all the aspects of Rails that you’ll need to be a successful Web developer.

Ruby on Rails helps you produce high-quality, beautiful-looking web applications quickly. You concentrate on creating the application, and Rails takes care of the details.

Tens of thousands of developers have used this award-winning book to learn Rails. It’s a broad, far-reaching tutorial and reference that’s recommended by the Rails core team. If you’re new to Rails, you’ll get step-by-step guidance. If you’re an experienced developer, this book will give you the comprehensive, insider information you need.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

WordPress 3.2, Beta 1

It seems like just yesterday that we released WordPress 3.1, but it’s actually been almost three months. We’ve spent that time putting together a new release focused on performance improvements, and are ready for our first beta testers!

As always, this is software still in development and we don’t recommend that you run it on a production site — set up a test site just to play with the new version. If you break it (find a bug), please report it, and if you’re a developer, try to help us fix it.

If all goes well, we hope to release WordPress 3.2 by the end of June, though that is (again, as always) subject to change depending on how the beta period goes. The more help we get with testing and fixing bugs, the sooner we will be able to release the final version. If you want to be a beta tester, you should check out the Codex article on how to report bugs.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

WordPress Summer of Code 2011

For the past several years, WordPress has been a proud participant in the Google Summer of Code program (aka GSoC). We’ve been accepted as a mentoring organization again this year, and are looking forward to working with a select handful of talented college students who are interested in developing for WordPress. Student applications are currently being accepted, and the deadline to apply is April 8. Are you a college student/developer looking for a summer challenge (or do you know one)? If so, read on to find out how you (or your friend) can make $5,000 developing for WordPress this summer. (Best. Summer. Job. Ever.)

GSoC Logistics:
  • 175 mentoring organizations (including WordPress)
  • Highly competitive and prestigious program (in 2010, 5539 proposals were submitted by 3464 students, and 1026 were accepted)
  • You must be enrolled in an accredited college/university
  • Coding period is May-August
  • Successful completion of project = $5,000
  • GSoC FAQ answers all your questions
WordPress logistics:
  • Mentors include WordPress core developers, plugin authors (including BuddyPress and bbPress), mobile app developers, and WordPress professionals.
  • Projects are limited only by your imagination and ability.
  • Previous GSoC students have gained responsible roles in WordPress core development, like Dion Hulse and Andrew Nacin (core committers), and Daryl Koopersmith (wrote the internal linking feature in 3.1 and much of the custom menus feature in 3.0).
  • This year, in addition to accepting project proposals for the main WordPress web app, we’re also encouraging applications for projects with the WordPress mobile apps (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Phone 7), for community-developed plugins like BuddyPress and bbPress, and even standalone plugins that could become community projects. Check out our Codex page on GSoC 2011 for some ideas to get you thinking.
  • Last year we mentored 15 students, and hope to take on about the same number this year.
If you’re a college student/developer, we encourage you to apply. If you’re a professor or a teacher of graduating high school seniors, encourage your students! If you just want to help us spread the word, download the WordPress GSoC flyer and post it on campus bulletin boards in your town. Remember, April 8 is the deadline to apply!

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Rails 3.1 beta 1 released

Ruby On Rails have the first release step towards the final version of Rails 3.1 today with the unveiling of beta 1. This is a release mostly for people who’ve already been following along with the development of Rails 3.1 and want to try a version that’s close to feature complete.

We do not yet have all the documentation ready, so it’s still a bit of a detective job to figure out how it all fits together. Thus, this is not a general release and I wont hold it against you if you’re holding out for a release candidate (coming in the next few weeks).

The tag is 3.1.0.beta1 and you can install using gem install rails --pre. Enjoy!


Monday, May 2, 2011

WordPress 3.1.2

WordPress 3.1.2 is now available and is a security release for all previous WordPress versions.

This release addresses a vulnerability that allowed Contributor-level users to improperly publish posts.

The issue was discovered by a member of our security team, WordPress developer Andrew Nacin, with Benjamin Balter.

We suggest you update to 3.1.2 promptly, especially if you allow users to register as contributors or if you have untrusted users. This release also fixes a few bugs that missed the boat for version 3.1.1.

Download 3.1.2 or update automatically from the Dashboard → Updates menu in your site’s admin area

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