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August 1st: Dev chat #8 — July 24, 2017

August 1st: Dev chat #8

The next chat will be on August 1st at 16:00 UTC in the #core channel of the WooCommerce Community Slack. If you don’t already have access to the group, you can request an invite at the bottom of the WooCommerce developers page.

Here is the agenda:

If you have anything to propose for the agenda or related to the above, please leave a comment below.

See you there!

p.s. if you missed something in the last dev chat, you can recap our summary here.

Dev Chat Summary – July 11th — July 12, 2017

Dev Chat Summary – July 11th

This post summarizes the dev chat meeting from June 20th (agenda, Slack archive).

Where to post dev chat questions for the agenda

Agenda posts (comments), or #core room on slack.

ETAs on release dates

We’re literally timing release dates to quarters at present.

3.2 is due for release october 4th

Roadmaps

Discussion about how WC can open up the roadmap and priorities. Highlights:

Could a page something like this be created https://make.wordpress.org/cli/handbook/roadmap/ that provides general philosophy/plans for releases
Then at the bottom, if you want to be really helpful, pull in the GitHub Issues via the API with milestones so there is a single source of truth on both:
1. general overview of release plans
2. specific features/issues etc. planned for near term releases
(Really the first part is the most important IMO, even if that’s changing, we’d still have a place to refer to)

On releases:

no one ever knows what’s being done or what’s going to happen. The shorter release cycles were a surprise once 3.1 beta dropped, we had no idea we should be planning for that kind of release cycle ahead of that announcement (and we almost missed a critical issue with 3.1 because of that).

On announcements:

If the roadmap said in 8 months that core will be *entirely* rewritten and *everything* would break, then it says it, but at least it says it, and isn’t in rooms, githubs, and discussions that almost the entire WC community doesn’t know exists.

On target audience:

I’m not asking for me, I’m asking for the people I go into a room with talking about big businesses on a platform that when the business asks “I heard that they update and break a lot” I can’t answer “yeah but thats not going to happen anymore” and they take my word for it. We have 3.3 planned, sure, but 3.4, 3.5, is there going to be a 3.9? whats in 3.9? what’s 4.0 look like? when is 4.0? 1 year, 5 years?

Result:

we’ll start the roadmap page idea over the coming weeks.

3.1 feedback

Well done on backward compatibility and thank you! That is all my feedback.

WooCommerce 3.1.1 fix release notes — July 11, 2017

WooCommerce 3.1.1 fix release notes

The WooCommerce 3.1.1 fix release is now available. You can download it from WordPress.org or as an automatic update in your administration panel.

~50 commits made it into this fix release. The full changelog is below.

* Fix - Product importer: fixed handling of non UTF8 characters in descriptions.
* Fix - Product importer: Allow times in date fields.
* Fix - Product exporter: fixed meta data checkbox option.
* Fix - Helper: Styling and connect button in non-english languages.
* Fix - Tweak terms and conditions template to check for disallowed shortcodes.
* Fix - Fixed order helper queries when before_date and after_date args are both, corrected use of "paged", and corrected use of filters.
* Fix - Gallery; Trigger resize after main image loads to ensure correct gallery size.
* Fix - Prevent extra slashes being added to meta values when using the CRUD.
* Fix - Appends "where" clauses in the comment feed to prevent a notice.
* Fix - Fixed structured data output for variable product prices.
* Fix - 3.x issue: Changed state validation logic to work for MX states.
* Fix - 3.x issue: 7day reports should start from midnight, not the current time.
* Fix - 3.x issue: Status changes made by admin should be marked as a manual in the order notes.
* Fix - 3.x issue: Allow unsetting product shipping class in REST API.
* Fix - 3.x issue: Corrected error handling in zones shippingMethodView.
* Tweak - Avoid CloudFlare email obfuscation in admin.
* Tweak - Improved detection of DOING_AUTOSAVE in admin meta box code.
* Tweak - Improved my-account redirects and fallbacks.
* Tweak - Add cart_subtotal to the shipping package so prices are recalculated when needed.
* Dev - Add search_customers() filter in customer data store.
* Dev - Product exporter: woocommerce_product_export_skip_meta_keys filter to control what gets exported.
* Dev - Pass correct value to woocommerce_shipping_classes_save_class when inserting a new term

If you spot any further issues, please report them to us in detail on GitHub so the development team can review – comments on this post are closed.

July 11th: Dev chat #7 — July 4, 2017

July 11th: Dev chat #7

The next chat will be on July 11th at 16:00 UTC in the #core channel of the WooCommerce Community Slack. If you don’t already have access to the group, you can request an invite at the bottom of the WooCommerce developers page.

Here is the agenda:

If you have anything to propose for the agenda or related to the above, please leave a comment below.

See you there!

p.s. if you missed something in the last dev chat, you can recap our summary here.

WooCommerce 3.1 has landed — June 28, 2017

WooCommerce 3.1 has landed

Today we’re excited to release WooCommerce 3.1 into the wild! 3.1 has been in development since April, and has had over 1600 commits from 84 contributors.

Read on to find out what’s new!

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3.1 is a minor update. All changes should be backwards compatible with 3.0.x sites, but we do still recommend ensure extensions and themes are compatible before upgrading, and testing on a staging site or making backups for peace of mind.

CSV Import/Export

Import/export

In the past, moving product data in and out of WooCommerce has required either premium importer plugins, or messing with WordPress XML files. We’ve tried to address this in 3.1 with our new CSV import/export solution which we hope will improve the experience for new users coming to our platform.

Our new importer supports CSV files and all built-in core props, as well as custom meta data if dealing with strings. Extensions can add columns and props of their own or to support more advanced data. Fields can be mapped by the user after uploading the CSV file.

Unlike our old Product CSV Import Suite extension, all product types, including variations, are dealt with in the same CSV file. The importer can also update existing products by ID and SKU (merge), or it can create new products instead.

Importer

The exporter let’s you choose which pieces of information you’d like to export (also includes meta data), and limit the export to certain product types.

Exporter

Both tools use AJAX to prevent timeouts by exporting and importing in batches, and both can be started from the main Products screen.

We have usage and developer documentation on our wiki.

Manage your WooCommerce.com extension licenses in WooCommerce core

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In an effort to improve the user experience for updating extensions purchased from WooCommerce.com, the “helper” (the code responsible for validating licenses and checking for updates) has been merged into WooCommerce core.

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It’s lightweight and will be added to the already existing “extensions” screen in admin, and should really help our customers ensure that their premium plugins are kept up to date with new functionality.

Search helpers: WC_Order_Query class

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For developers, we’ve added some new search helpers for orders to allow you to query orders by multiple props. Usage is explained here.

As an example, you could query all orders from a specific date range for users named John with the following code:

$orders = wc_get_orders( array(
    'billing_first_name' => 'John',
    'date_paid' => '2016-01-01...2016-12-31`,
) );

Magic!

Everything else

Everything else

  • We’ve made the “terms and conditions” checkbox on the checkout slide out the terms page contents inline, rather than just linking to it.
  • In 3.0.x, when going to pay for an order assigned to a customer you’re presented with a pretty unfriendly “invalid order” message. We’ve improved this in 3.1. Now, you’ll either see a useful message if the order is not yours, or you’ll see a login form if not yet logged in.
  • oEmbeds (e.g. to show videos) were previously non-functional when used in the product short description. With 3.1 they are supported!
  • You can now set stock statuses for variations in bulk from the edit product screen.
  • A small improvement when updating users manually in admin; you can now use the “Copy from billing address” button to populate the shipping address from the billing address in one click.
  • Setup wizard improvements:
    • A domestic shipping zone will be automatically created for your defined base country to make setting up shipping a little more streamlined.
    • If using a non-WooCommerce theme, you’ll have the option to one-click install the Storefront theme if you want it.
      -If you’re in the US you’ll get the option to install the WooCommerce Services extension which provides, amogst other things, USPS rates and shipping labels.

Upgrading to 3.1

3.1 is a minor update and should be compatible with 3.0.x sites. We still recommend testing + backing up prior to upgrading.

Template file changes in 3.1

When editing core template files we bump the version so themes know they need to update custom versions. The following files were updated in 3.1:

  • cart/cart-empty.php – Added a wc_empty_cart_message function to handle the message displayed in a hookable manner.
  • cart/cart-shipping.php – Added a variable so shipping calculator is only shown on the first row when showing multiple packages.
  • cart/cart.php – Use get_max_purchase_quantity and fixed some logic.
  • cart/mini-cart.php – CRUD support.
  • checkout/terms.php – Support added for inline term display.
  • single-product/product-attributes.php – Added make_clickable.
  • single-product/product-image.php – Added data-caption support.
  • single-product/product-thumbnails.php – Added data-caption support.
  • single-product/rating.php – Using new wc_get_rating_html function.
  • single-product/review-rating.php – Using new wc_get_rating_html function.

Deprecated functions and methods in 3.1

The following functions are deprecated (not removed) in 3.1:

  • WC_Order_Data_Store_CPT::get_orders – Use wc_get_orders and the new search helpers.
  • WC_Order_Item_Meta – This class was actually deprecated in 3.0.0 but a notice was not added. wc_display_item_meta should be used instead.

How we tested 3.1

3.1 beta was released May 31st (~4 weeks ago) as was in beta for 2 weeks before we pushed out 2 release candidates. During this time we tried to iron out as many bugs as possible, whilst still maintaining updates for 3.0.x.

Additionally, for the first time, our team did some managed updates for actual customers on staging sites to pick up on any conflicts or bugs before the public release.

Thanks to everyone who helped test 3.1.

A huge thanks for our contributors!

A massive thanks to everyone in the community who have contributed, be that via issue reports, fixes, translation, testing, supporting other users or simply spreading the word!

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