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February engineering report published

In March:
  • 110 unique committers contributed patchsets of code to MediaWiki (down 2 on January)
  • The total number of unresolved commits stood at 830 (up 650)
  • About 69 shell requests were processed (up 24)
  • Wikimedia Labs now hosts 150 projects (down 5) and has 1002 registered users (up 71).

—Adapted from Engineering metrics, Wikimedia blog

The WMF's engineering report for February was published this week on the Wikimedia blog and on the MediaWiki wiki ("friendly" summary version), giving an overview of all Foundation-sponsored technical operations in that month (as well as brief coverage of progress on Wikimedia Deutschland's Wikidata project and the now Wikimedia CH-led Kiwix offline reader project). Of the seven headlines picked out for the report, five had already received some sort of Signpost coverage. The other two highlight the achievement of the Wikipedia mobile site in now serving some 3 billion page views a month, as well as improvements to jQuery.IME, a JavaScript internationalisation plugin intended not only to be of use to Wikimedia wikis but also to the web more broadly.

Progress on the Foundation's larger projects was steady during February, the report noted, with the VisualEditor "on schedule" for a July rollout. It was a similar story for Parsoid, the new parser that underpins the VisualEditor, which received various performance improvements and version 5 of the Article Feedback tool (the debate over its future notwithstanding). The Echo (notifications) project also continued apace with incremental extensions throughout February. The mobile team worked on mobile image uploads (now available on all wikis) as well as a dedicated Wikimedia Commons app, currently in beta mode (Google Play; iOS version), while the continuing boom in page traffic was made clear by the installation of 120 new application servers, intended to give the WMF enough capacity for another year, the report said.

The monthly engineering reports also provide a useful roundup of personnel changes at the Foundation. As has been the general trend over many years, the number of new staff outnumbered the number leaving: joining in February were Ed Sanders (Software Engineer, Visual Editor); Christian Aistleitner (contractor, Gerrit); Marc-Andre Pelletier (contractor, Wikimedia Labs and tool migration; better know by his pseudonym User:Coren); Kirsten Menger-Anderson (part-time Technical Writer, focussing on thus-far internal documentation relating to Editor Engagement Experiments) and Greg Grossmeier (Release Manager). Leaving was senior developer Patrick Reilly, just one month after his promotion to the position of Site Performance Engineer and Senior Technical Advisor and two years after first joining the WMF. At least 14 positions were still unfilled at time of writing.

In brief

Not all fixes may have gone live to WMF sites at the time of writing; some may not be scheduled to go live for several weeks.

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I may be missing it somewhere (entirely possible), but was the recent conversion to Lua discussed in an issue? I've been seeing various templates being converted over the last week or two. ···日本穣? · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe · Join WP Japan! 07:03, 22 March 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Yes, last week for the global implementation, and 18 Feb for the first 20 wikis. Much more implementation info at mw:Luabillinghurst sDrewth 10:16, 22 March 2013 (UTC)[reply]
We also published two blog posts about the Lua deployment on the Wikimedia Blog: post 1, more technical; post 2, more general audience. You can also read some good coverage of Lua on Wired here, on Venture Beat here, and on The H Open here. We keep press clippings up-to-date on the Meta Press Clippings page here. Matthew (WMF) 17:20, 22 March 2013 (UTC)[reply]


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