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We have, at this moment, 223 "patches to review" issues, 1698 "patch
queue" issues, and 357 "critical issues" for D7, according to the
Contributor Links block on drupal.org. It's hard to figure out what to
focus on, given so many choices. So I'm thinking about priorities for
the upcoming code freeze (Sept 1, right?).

My understanding is that all new features for Drupal would need to be
patched, reviewed, and committed before the code freeze, or they would
be pushed back to Drupal 8. Those are easy to find, using the Category
field of the issue queue.

But my understanding is that also any API changes would need to be
patched, reviewed, and committed before the code freeze, and there
wasn't any obvious way I knew of to find them. So, I've introduced a
new issue tag, "API change", which will help identify those issues, if
people start marking their issues accordingly. Thoughts?

So am I way off base, or shouldn't we be focusing our patching and
review efforts on these areas between now and Sept 1, and leaving the
bug fixes (even "critical" bug fixes) for after the freeze? Is there
anything else that also cannot wait until after the code freeze?

--Jennifer

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  • Brian Vuyk at Aug 20, 2009 at 4:29 pm
    I think your understanding is bang on.

    Post Sept. 1, bugfixes are all we do until the release, with some
    noteable exceptions which are listed elsewhere. I think this would be a
    good time to knuckle down and try to get as many patches reviewed and
    committed in the next 11 days.

    What are people's high-priority patches for D7? Which stuff do you
    really want to see included? It would be helpful if we had a list of
    'important' patches to focus on.

    Jennifer Hodgdon wrote:
    We have, at this moment, 223 "patches to review" issues, 1698 "patch
    queue" issues, and 357 "critical issues" for D7, according to the
    Contributor Links block on drupal.org. It's hard to figure out what to
    focus on, given so many choices. So I'm thinking about priorities for
    the upcoming code freeze (Sept 1, right?).

    My understanding is that all new features for Drupal would need to be
    patched, reviewed, and committed before the code freeze, or they would
    be pushed back to Drupal 8. Those are easy to find, using the Category
    field of the issue queue.

    But my understanding is that also any API changes would need to be
    patched, reviewed, and committed before the code freeze, and there
    wasn't any obvious way I knew of to find them. So, I've introduced a
    new issue tag, "API change", which will help identify those issues, if
    people start marking their issues accordingly. Thoughts?

    So am I way off base, or shouldn't we be focusing our patching and
    review efforts on these areas between now and Sept 1, and leaving the
    bug fixes (even "critical" bug fixes) for after the freeze? Is there
    anything else that also cannot wait until after the code freeze?

    --Jennifer
  • Robert Douglass at Aug 20, 2009 at 4:36 pm
    And everyone keep in mind - Dries and Webchick are doing a code sprint
    on Saturday during European business hours (N. Americans wake up early
    Saturday!)

    Hang out in IRC and help crank out the patches and reviews. The whole
    process will be brokered from the FrOSCon conference in Germany.

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Brian Vuyk <brian at brianvuyk.com>
    Reply-to: development at drupal.org
    To: development at drupal.org
    Subject: Re: [development] Prioritizing for code freeze
    Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 12:29:19 -0400

    I think your understanding is bang on.

    Post Sept. 1, bugfixes are all we do until the release, with some
    noteable exceptions which are listed elsewhere. I think this would be a
    good time to knuckle down and try to get as many patches reviewed and
    committed in the next 11 days.

    What are people's high-priority patches for D7? Which stuff do you
    really want to see included? It would be helpful if we had a list of
    'important' patches to focus on.

    Jennifer Hodgdon wrote:
    We have, at this moment, 223 "patches to review" issues, 1698 "patch
    queue" issues, and 357 "critical issues" for D7, according to the
    Contributor Links block on drupal.org. It's hard to figure out what to
    focus on, given so many choices. So I'm thinking about priorities for
    the upcoming code freeze (Sept 1, right?).

    My understanding is that all new features for Drupal would need to be
    patched, reviewed, and committed before the code freeze, or they would
    be pushed back to Drupal 8. Those are easy to find, using the Category
    field of the issue queue.

    But my understanding is that also any API changes would need to be
    patched, reviewed, and committed before the code freeze, and there
    wasn't any obvious way I knew of to find them. So, I've introduced a
    new issue tag, "API change", which will help identify those issues, if
    people start marking their issues accordingly. Thoughts?

    So am I way off base, or shouldn't we be focusing our patching and
    review efforts on these areas between now and Sept 1, and leaving the
    bug fixes (even "critical" bug fixes) for after the freeze? Is there
    anything else that also cannot wait until after the code freeze?

    --Jennifer
  • Derek Wright at Aug 20, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    On Aug 20, 2009, at 9:29 AM, Brian Vuyk wrote:

    It would be helpful if we had a list of 'important' patches to focus
    on.
    http://drupal.org/community-initiatives/drupal-core

    Lists of important issues broken down by area of core. For example,
    initiatives for making Update status better:

    http://drupal.org/node/479086

    Enjoy,
    -Derek (dww)
  • Greg Knaddison at Aug 20, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    On Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 10:29 AM, Brian Vuykwrote:
    Post Sept. 1, bugfixes are all we do until the release, with some noteable
    exceptions which are listed elsewhere.
    Listed elsewhere? Where is this list - inquiring minds want to know.

    My knowledge of history is that patches to improve performance,
    usability and a few items hand-picked by Dries+maintainer are also
    allowed in post-code-freeze. If there's an API or regression that is
    horribly broken (usually discovered when contribs start upgrading)
    then that can also result in a patch that changes the API or adds new
    features. I'm not sure if all of those will be the same this time as
    well. I'm kind of assuming that it is.

    Regards,
    Greg


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  • Brian Vuyk at Aug 20, 2009 at 7:49 pm
    Webchick posted in an issue somewhere a few patches that they were
    interested in getting in, even after the code freeze if necessary. I
    don't recall the link, though.

    Greg Knaddison wrote:
    On Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 10:29 AM, Brian Vuykwrote:
    Post Sept. 1, bugfixes are all we do until the release, with some noteable
    exceptions which are listed elsewhere.
    Listed elsewhere? Where is this list - inquiring minds want to know.

    My knowledge of history is that patches to improve performance,
    usability and a few items hand-picked by Dries+maintainer are also
    allowed in post-code-freeze. If there's an API or regression that is
    horribly broken (usually discovered when contribs start upgrading)
    then that can also result in a patch that changes the API or adds new
    features. I'm not sure if all of those will be the same this time as
    well. I'm kind of assuming that it is.

    Regards,
    Greg

  • Angela Byron at Aug 21, 2009 at 2:27 am

    On 20-Aug-09, at 3:49 PM, Brian Vuyk wrote:

    Webchick posted in an issue somewhere a few patches that they were
    interested in getting in, even after the code freeze if necessary. I
    don't recall the link, though.
    I definitely did no such thing. Code freeze is 9/1. There are lots of
    patches I want in, but only the ones ready before then are accepted.

    It's true that there are usually a small handful of patches that, if
    far enough along, are exempt. But this shouldn't be the operating
    assumption.

    -Angie
  • Brian Vuyk at Aug 21, 2009 at 3:44 am

    Angela Byron wrote:
    I definitely did no such thing. Code freeze is 9/1. There are lots of
    patches I want in, but only the ones ready before then are accepted.

    It's true that there are usually a small handful of patches that, if
    far enough along, are exempt. But this shouldn't be the operating
    assumption.

    -Angie
    Strange. I could have sworn you had done so. It must of been one of the
    other community 'notables'.

    Anyways, definitely not the operating assumption.
  • Angela Byron at Aug 21, 2009 at 2:23 am

    On 20-Aug-09, at 11:11 AM, Jennifer Hodgdon wrote:

    We have, at this moment, 223 "patches to review" issues, 1698 "patch
    queue" issues, and 357 "critical issues" for D7, according to the
    Contributor Links block on drupal.org. It's hard to figure out what
    to focus on, given so many choices. So I'm thinking about priorities
    for the upcoming code freeze (Sept 1, right?).

    My understanding is that all new features for Drupal would need to
    be patched, reviewed, and committed before the code freeze, or they
    would be pushed back to Drupal 8. Those are easy to find, using the
    Category field of the issue queue.

    But my understanding is that also any API changes would need to be
    patched, reviewed, and committed before the code freeze, and there
    wasn't any obvious way I knew of to find them. So, I've introduced a
    new issue tag, "API change", which will help identify those issues,
    if people start marking their issues accordingly. Thoughts?

    So am I way off base, or shouldn't we be focusing our patching and
    review efforts on these areas between now and Sept 1, and leaving
    the bug fixes (even "critical" bug fixes) for after the freeze? Is
    there anything else that also cannot wait until after the code freeze?
    The one other thing I'd add here is markup changes (as in theme
    functions and .tpl.php files). Themers can't start porting their
    themes until Drupal's XHTML output is locked down. Most of those are
    in the 'theme system' component, although there are probably other
    ones here and there attached to their respective "parent" components
    like node system or whatever.

    Everything else sounds bang-on. Thanks for making that tag!

    -Angie
  • Jennifer Hodgdon at Aug 21, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Angela Byron wrote:
    The one other thing I'd add here is markup changes (as in theme
    functions and .tpl.php files). Themers can't start porting their themes
    until Drupal's XHTML output is locked down. Most of those are in the
    'theme system' component, although there are probably other ones here
    and there attached to their respective "parent" components like node
    system or whatever.
    So we have
    Tag: API change
    to look for now.

    And we also want to make sure any feature changes get done before
    freeze. Find those via:
    Category: feature request

    I would propose adding
    Tag: Markup change
    as well, to indicate markup changes as priorities for before the code
    freeze, if there is not already another tag for that. This would be
    used for changes in HTML tags and attributes (classes and IDs), not
    for text changes.

    Text changes are already being marked with one of these:
    Tag: ui-text
    Tag: Help text
    which will be relevant for the String Freeze, whenever that comes
    (string freeze is important for translators).

    --Jennifer

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    www.poplarware.com
    Drupal, WordPress, and custom Web programming
  • Angela Byron at Aug 21, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    On 21-Aug-09, at 10:29 AM, Jennifer Hodgdon wrote:

    I would propose adding
    Tag: Markup change
    as well, to indicate markup changes as priorities for before the
    code freeze, if there is not already another tag for that. This
    would be used for changes in HTML tags and attributes (classes and
    IDs), not for text changes.
    Sounds good. AFAIK nothing like that exists. There's 'd4d' and similar
    but some of those affect the theme system and some of them affect
    markup. They're also totally obtuse to new contributors. ;)
    Text changes are already being marked with one of these:
    Tag: ui-text
    Tag: Help text
    which will be relevant for the String Freeze, whenever that comes
    (string freeze is important for translators).
    Actually, we have a "user interface text" component for this purpose,
    but it might indeed make more sense to turn this into a tag. There
    could be a bug fix against node.module that also changes strings.

    "Help text" though seems like it's just the "documentation" component,
    no?

    -Angie
  • Jennifer Hodgdon at Aug 21, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    [jhodgdon] Text changes are already being marked with one of these:
    Tag: ui-text
    Tag: Help text
    [webchick] Actually, we have a "user interface text" component for this purpose,
    but it might indeed make more sense to turn this into a tag. There could
    be a bug fix against node.module that also changes strings.
    Exactly. Any issue that is not against the UI component, but changes
    UI text, can be tagged with "ui-text". This is fairly common with
    issues against other core modules.
    [webchick] "Help text" though seems like it's just the "documentation" component, no?
    Again, this would be most useful for issues/patches that incidentally
    change some help text, but are primarily for other purposes.

    Just to note: these are both tags that are currently in use. They are
    useful so that people who want to review doc and help with doc in
    core, but aren't coders particularly, can find issues to review/patch.
    We're searching for them during "Doc in Core" sprints...

    --Jennifer


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    www.poplarware.com
    Drupal, WordPress, and custom Web programming

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