Open source in a nutshell

For us, there’s so much more value to be gained from building on each other’s work and knowledge than trying to hold on to a short-term technological advantage. ustwo: An Open Source Example of a React-Powered WordPress Site

Git changelog generator

When I’m preparing a new release of one of my plugins, its Git commit history is a great starting point to use when writing the changelog.

Rather than dealing with a bunch of parameters in git log, I use a simple Git alias which generates a plain list of the commit messages between the previous tag and the current HEAD. I can then copy and paste this into my changelog, and go from there.

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My Sublime Text 3 Packages

Update August 2018: I use Code now.

Blog posts like these (the latest of which is Dominik Schilling’s) have helped me find packages in the past, so I thought it was time I published my own.

I use Sublime Text 3 for the same reason as Dominik. It’s exceptionally fast. One day I will inevitably switch to the free and open source Atom editor, but it’s got a long way to go until it can match ST3’s performance.

Here are the packages I use:

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WordPress Contributors on a World Map

As a fun data visualisation experiment – and as a way to practice my new found interest in Node.js – I decided to plot on a map of the world all the people who contributed to the recent release of WordPress 3.6. The map can be seen further down, but first a brief description of how I went about it.

I decided to generate a GeoJSON file of the contributor’s locations so it can be displayed wherever and however the open GeoJSON format is supported, not least on GitHub which recently added support for automatic rendering of GeoJSON files.

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A History of WordPress Contributors

I thought I’d run some stats on WordPress contributors over the years. The only contributor stats I have are the ones published in each release announcement on wordpress.org, so I’ve put these stats together myself from those lists.

Unfortunately the release announcements have only listed the contributors since version 2.9 (June 2009). If anyone wants to get me the list of contributors for earlier versions I’ll happily update this post. It’d be interesting to see the numbers over the years.

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Saving Post Meta Field Revisions in WordPress

If your plugin or theme uses custom post meta fields then you may want to store revisions to these fields when a post revision is saved. It’s easy to do.

For each of our meta fields, we’ll need to do three things:

  1. Store a revision of the meta field when a post is saved
  2. Revert to the correct revision of the meta field when a post is reverted
  3. Optionally, display the meta field on the revisions screen

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