Fixing WeatherIcon plugin for WordPress 2.9-rare (alpha nightlies)

Couple of changes to WordPress 2.9 coming along – including deprecating streams.php and gettext.php in the includes.

There’s a ticket on it here – http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/10890

The easy fix is to comment out the lines where the modules are loaded:

WeatherIcon.php
55 # Fixes a bug in l10n.php where some guy decided there was no reason
56 # to load files which are required for their l10n functions if no
57 # language is defined in WordPress.
58 #require_once(ABSPATH . 'wp-includes/streams.php');
59 #require_once(ABSPATH . 'wp-includes/gettext.php');

WordPress 2.8.5 – beta and drop

There’s an annoying DOS for WordPress doing the rounds – it’s blockable at the edge, using .htaccess, using a plugin, hand patching or by upgrading to 2.8.5

Kudos to the team for getting on top of this.

Here’s the scoop off wp-hackers:

http://wordpress.org/wordpress-2.8.5-beta1.zip
2.8.5 will probably release sometime in the next 24 hours.  Changes since 2.8.4:
http://core.trac.wordpress.org/log/branches/2.8?action=stop_on_copy&mode=stop_on_copy&rev=12075&stop_rev=11811&limit=999
Summary:
* Fix for trackback DOS
* Removal of permalink_structure eval
* Remove some create_function() calls
* Disallow unfiltered uploads by default, even for admins. Enable it
again with define(‘ALLOW_UNFILTERED_UPLOADS’, true); in wp-config.php
* Add extra escapes here and there for some backside coverage
* Retire two old importers
* A few small bug fixes
This is mostly a security hardening release.  There’s nothing exciting
unless you are concerned about the trackback DOS bug. Anyone who wants
to DOS your blog can do it regardless, but the trackback DOS bug makes
it easier for people to be annoying.

Future updates – watching, waiting – and thinking about change

Gallery is undergoing a major revision.

Gallery v3 is in beta right now – I expect it will be RC then released by the end of the year.

Couple of things to look at here on the migration from Gallery 2:

  • migration of hundreds of thousands of photos from G2 to G3
  • permissions
  • post-migration clean-up
  • storage and CPU churn
  • big one – there is no plugin for WordPress right now – and the WPG2 plugin is no longer maintained with no plans for upgrade.
  • The other set of updates is around WordPress itself.

    Three interesting updates – first WordPress 2.9 is going to go beta soon; release in maybe December. That’s going to need some poking and investigating. I’ve already found a couple of changes in alpha that break some plugins.

    The other WordPress change that I’m going to look at is the merge of WordPress MU into WordPress core; also the new features of BuddyPress on top of WordPress (MU or core).

    The BuddyPress/WPMU will let me offer multiple blogs to Rachael’s cubs and other leaders.