[wp-hackers] Summer of Code: Plugin Installation from Web Interface [Mid-term update]

Matt speedboxer at gmail.com
Wed Jul 9 08:26:10 GMT 2008

It's looking good so far. But, how about a more "seamless" install? So
that when you hit "Install Plugin" is just shows a progress bar and a
little "Show Details" expandable link to show the details. It would
make it a little nicer (perhaps even less terrifying) for the average
end user.

On Wed, Jul 9, 2008 at 1:07 AM, DD32 <wordpress at dd32.id.au> wrote:
> Evening Folks,
> As some of you are aware, I've partaken in Googles summer of code again
> this year, Writing up a plugin installer to allow you to install a plugin
> directly from the Web Admin of WordPress.
> Initially, It was hoped it could be put in 2.6, But as deadlines drew
> close, It's been decided to push it back to 2.7 (2.6 Is out in a week, So
> i hope i can get it in early in the trunk cycle).
> So far, 90% of functionality *appears* to be working, Until its working
> off a Live API Service (Its currently using a local database - which
> search indexes of appear to be dodgy) I'll not know for sure how its
> search results are like.
> Working:
>  * Search by Term/Tag/Author: Wording is still yet to be decided upon, I
> like those 3 options, But some peopel find "Term" confusing.
>  * View more info about a plugin
>  * Installing plugins from the more info dialogue
>  *
> Not working:
>  * Live API (currently running on localhost) - But the code is mostly
> there, Just needs to be uploaded to api.wordpress.org, This is the main
> reason i've not released much code yet, Its impossible to test the code
> when theres no API for it to use available.
> Needs work:
>  * Styling
>  * Wording & Grammer/Spelling(most likely)
>  * Error conditions where the installation should abort, Or where the
> plugin doesnt support the wordpress version
> Theres a progress video available here:
> http://dd32.id.au/2008/07/06/progress-video/ The Flash streaming video is
> kinda shoddy quality ( Couldnt find any hosts that take high res data),
> but the attached 3.7MB file is of good quality - Note that some styling
> has changed since that video.
> Progress can be followed via http://dd32.id.au/2008/?tag=gsoc
> Cheers
> DD32 / Dion
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Matt (http://mattsblog.ca/)

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