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Trevor and Roan are busy implementing this feature, with hopeful completion sometime in the next month or so.
An initial version of the Resource Loader was checked-in last month. The major extensions are in the process of being migrated to work with the Resource Loader. Both developers, Trevor Parscal and Roan Kattouw have been debugging and bug-fixing as extensions are ported to work with the new framework.
The feature is largely complete and checked into trunk. The team has been working on unit testing the framework and performance testing (and tuning). We are also ensuring compatibility with existing extensions and modifying extensions to use the new messaging system. We hope to have this work wrapped up some time in December, with a deployment sometime after that.
Integration and testing in progress. We hope to have this ready for deployment in January, so that it can be part of a MediaWiki release sometime after that.
Integration and testing are in progress. We hope to have this ready for deployment in January as part of the MediaWiki 1.17 release, so that it can be part of a MediaWiki release sometime after that.
ResourceLoader 1.0 is now in maintenance mode. There are currently no engineering resources available to work on ResourceLoader 2.0.
ResourceLoader 1.0 is now in maintenance mode. Roan Kattouw and Timo Tijhof discussed requirements and design specifications during the Berlin Hackathon, but there are currently no engineering resources available to work on ResourceLoader 2.0. A development sprint is planned for July.
This project was mostly on hold in June due to the lack of engineering resources. Work is planned to resume in July.
Roan Kattouw and Timo Tijhof started to work on global gadgets and a gadget manager. The back-end for loading gadgets remotely from another wiki now works, although it is limited to database loading within the same server farm; an API back-end is in the works. A Gadgets inventory is now also available, with plans to add actions like creation, modification, deletion of gadgets.
Roan Kattouw and Timo Tijhof got together in late August to do back-end work on Global gadgets. They improved the format for defining gadgets, which will eventually be done via a user interface. Gadget internationalization is now also fully supported and happening in a MediaWiki: page for each message, as opposed to being a large blob in the gadget source.
Roan Kattouw completed the back-end for .js/.css page search suggestions, overhauled the Gadgets API, reviewed code, and greatly improved caching. Timo Tijhof continued to work on the gadget manager and the AJAX gadget editor, which is nearing completion: displaying, modifying, saving of gadgets and autocompletion in all form fields is now implemented. Roan and Timo also prepared a plan for a prototype setup to test shared gadgets in a wiki farm environment.
Besides the Git migration and organizing some time to work on ResourceLoader 2 (RL2), Roan Kattouw and Timo Tijhof have started planning and merging master into the RL2 branch. The next target is to deploy RL2 on Labs for testing.
The team is working on deploying ResourceLoader2's gadget manager on Wikimedia Labs. They also completed a number of tasks, and are preparing for a ResourceLoader tutorial at the June Berlin hackathon.
Work was mostly delayed until the June Berlin hackathon, as engineering resources have been devoted to Platform engineering (automated testing) and Visual Editor this month.
The demo with the latest version is deployed on WMF Labs where there's a cluster of 4 wikis connected with a shared Gadget repository.
- Finished back-end validation of gadget definitions when saving. Users now get a descriptive error and the edit will not be saved.
- Roan implemented a view for Gadget definitions where the JSON syntax is prettified with indention etc.
- Timo is currently going through a review backlog in the RL2 branch, and working on front-end implementation of the new "skins" and "position" properties in the (visual) gadget defininition editor.
- Assorted other progress on the implementation of the specification, and task list of small bug fixes and improvements.
After the sprint in July, there was no notable progress as the team were busy with other urgent projects. There was the start of a community discussion about where global gadgets will be hosted for access across the Wikimedia cluster, and about their licensing (as they have generally been caught by the content license, which is less suitable for code).
Various minor bugs have been fixed and deployed to the test cluster at Wikimedia Labs.
No significant changes.
No update this month.