Visual Editor "on schedule" for July rollout
February engineering report published
- 110 unique committers contributed patchsets of code to MediaWiki (down 2 on January)
- The total number of unresolved commits stood at 830 (up 650)
- About 69 shell requests were processed (up 24)
- Wikimedia Labs now hosts 150 projects (down 5) and has 1002 registered users (up 71).
—Adapted from Engineering metrics, Wikimedia blog
Progress on the Foundation's larger projects was steady during February, the report noted, with the VisualEditor "on schedule" for a July rollout. It was a similar story for Parsoid, the new parser that underpins the VisualEditor, which received various performance improvements and version 5 of the Article Feedback tool (the debate over its future notwithstanding). The Echo (notifications) project also continued apace with incremental extensions throughout February. The mobile team worked on mobile image uploads (now available on all wikis) as well as a dedicated Wikimedia Commons app, currently in beta mode (Google Play; iOS version), while the continuing boom in page traffic was made clear by the installation of 120 new application servers, intended to give the WMF enough capacity for another year, the report said.
The monthly engineering reports also provide a useful roundup of personnel changes at the Foundation. As has been the general trend over many years, the number of new staff outnumbered the number leaving: joining in February were Ed Sanders (Software Engineer, Visual Editor); Christian Aistleitner (contractor, Gerrit); Marc-Andre Pelletier (contractor, Wikimedia Labs and tool migration; better know by his pseudonym User:Coren); Kirsten Menger-Anderson (part-time Technical Writer, focussing on thus-far internal documentation relating to Editor Engagement Experiments) and Greg Grossmeier (Release Manager). Leaving was senior developer Patrick Reilly, just one month after his promotion to the position of Site Performance Engineer and Senior Technical Advisor and two years after first joining the WMF. At least 14 positions were still unfilled at time of writing.
Not all fixes may have gone live to WMF sites at the time of writing; some may not be scheduled to go live for several weeks.
- Pick of the blogs: Valerie Juarez, currently interning with the WMF as part of the broader Outreach Program for Women (OPW), picks up on some of the critiques of the Wikimedia and MediaWiki bug tracking processes in a series of blog posts published this week ("How to create a good first bug report"; detailed traffic flow diagram). Wikipedia Zero was also in the news as it won an SXSW Activism award (Wikipedia blog) and signed up a new partner, Axiata, expanding Wikipedia provision in Southeast Asia.
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