WordPress 5.2.3 is slated for a September 4th release, according to a recent developer chat.

WordPress 5.3 will follow WordCamp US with an anticipated release date of November 10th. It “will polish current interactions and make the UIs more user-friendly.” ๐ŸŒŸ

WP-CLI 2.3.0 was recently released. Alain Schlesser describes it as an “unspectacular” version because the “previous release was very taxing.” Nevertheless, I'm enjoying new features like the media fix-orientation command. Also new and useful: the ability to skip through groups of tables using wildcards (e.g., 'wp_post*') with the --skip-tables flag for search-replace.

The stable release of the WordPress AMP plugin is out, according to Pascal Birchler. ๐Ÿ”Œ

In an informative Twitter thread, Jonathan Sampson breaks down precisely what gets downloaded and what else happens when you launch Google Chrome for the first time โ€” on Windows. There's nothing earth-shattering, but it's good to know what browsers are doing these days.

Jonathan did the same analysis for Firefox, Opera, Brave, and other browsers.

The New York Times did a brief interview with Matt Mullenweg that's focused on his plans for Tumblr. Matt said bringing RSS feeds back to Tumblr is “high on [his] list” of priorities.

Matt Shaw summarizes for Delicious Brains why most WordPress email plugins suck: “they simply donโ€™t do enough to alert you of potential issues and donโ€™t give you a way to rectify them.” ๐Ÿ“ง

Video and Podcast Picks of the Week

๐Ÿ“น Here is my latest pick for video watching:

  • If you are a freelancer, then I suggest you check out this talk from Nathan Ingram about the things he wishes he had known about freelancing when he started. The video is from WordCamp Atlanta, but Nathan delivered the same presentation this past weekend in Orlando too. It was highly recommended and well-attended at both conferences.

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Here are some recent podcasts worth listening to:

  • Kirill Zubovsky‘s Smash Notes podcast has an interview with Jason Schuller. Jason talks about about his career path from Boeing to starting his theme shop, Press75, through to its sale. There's some fascinating historical perspective on the early days of WordPress and how-to advice about gaining community support for a business even if you don't know anyone.
  • Olivia Bisset is a 14-year-old working in the WordPress space. She will be speaking at WordCamp US this year about the ways we can best “embrace the next generation.” Cal Evans recently interviewed Olivia on the Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, which is devoted to interviews with people in the PHP community.