Oh yeah! It’s finally here! Much thanks and congrats to the team and all of the contributors for WordPress 3.5 – your hard work and dedication continues to power millions of people’s work. We appreciate you guys! Now you may have already downloaded some of the release candidates and are running them on your blog right now but I’d love to see what people’s first impressions (were) are of 3.5? What catches your attention, what are you really digging in this latest release?
One of the best things about the open source community is that you’re constantly working with a team of people to build something that’s larger than what a single person or small team could do well in such a short amount of time. This is applicable to plugins, themes, and even WordPress itself. The challenge, though, is that you may be working with a group of people who you don’t really know beyond the bug tickets they submit, or the issues they resolve.
One of the new features of WordPress 3.5 that probably has developers most excited about is the addition of Backbone.js and Underscore.js to WordPress core. I am especially excited to learn how it will be utilized and hopefully extended and built on top of. Adding a MVC (Model, View Controller) framework like this to WordPress is helping the cause to consider it as a true web framework and able to build web applications on top of it. I’m sure that will make Tom very happy and I’m sure he’s prepping some blog posts to help explain more (perhaps):
Nice. It seems everything is updating in preparation for WordPress 3.5. One less ticket than the BuddyPress 1.6.2 update, it also includes a few points of compatibility. Now bbPress is something that I’ve used a lot before and something I’ve considered using even for this community – not sure how it would be implemented but I think there will be a lot more discussion that has (and will) go on beyond every blog post. Thoughts on using some forum software or bbPress? I’d love to keep it in the Automattic-family if possible but no biggie if not.