The OpenZim offline wiki project has sponsored several of its developers, allowing them to meet with Wikimedia representatives in Haifa.
With Wikimania 2011 set to begin on 4 August, a number of developers are getting ready to make the trip to Haifa in Israel. Indeed, even before the annual Wikimedia conference begins, two events are likely to catch the eye of the technically aware traveller (for those not making the trips, The Signpost will present a round-up of events in forthcoming issues). The first is a special "Developer Days" event, held on 2 and 3 August, to which 39 Wikimedians are already subscribed. Its schedule includes a workshop period for those interested in getting involved in MediaWiki development as well as a series of "lightning talks" about MediaWiki development. The second preliminary event is a meeting for "everyone interested in technical details around Wikipedia Offline... and get[ting] involved with openZIM"; the OpenZIM Project has sponsored several developers' attendance at the meetup.
The Toolserver experienced difficulties for 90 minutes on 31 July following a hardware failure affecting its Cassia server (toolserver-l mailing list).
On 25 July an update was made to the Code Review extension, which enables developers to check all revisions made to the MediaWiki software that power Wikimedia wikis (more software deployments).
Resetting your email address now requires confirmation of your password, preventing session hijacking attempts that look to get a password recovery email sent to the hijacker's email account (bug #20185).
There was renewed discussion about various outstanding proposals to modify the standard diff colours for MediaWiki (some wikis, including the French Wikipedia, have already chosen to move away from the green and yellow that ships by default). An additional proposal was to offer a high contrast version as an optional preference (wikitech-l mailing list).
Two wide-ranging threads on the wikitech-l mailing list focussed on updating the current advice for contributors to the MediaWiki codebase. "On refactorings and huge changes" focussed on an appeal by Chad Horohoe to developers to work on their own branches, whilst a separate appeal made by Lead Software Architect Brion Vibber was entitled "Please don't commit broken code".
With the resolution of bug #29402, fundraising banners are unlikely to be displayed on mobile devices this year in their now standard image-heavy form.