With tired eyes, and fueled by ridiculously large amounts of coffee, Wikimedia developers and engineers are now starting their third and last day of collaborative coding at the Berlin “hackathon”.
Yesterday, more coding happened, and even more bugs were smashed: about 65 since we started on Friday. There remains plenty to work on during this hackathon, though, if you’d like to help.
Saturday afternoon was also devoted to the discussions about the possible evolutions of the MediaWiki parser (see notes), a step towards a visual editor for Wikipedia and other MediaWiki-powered sites. (“Visual editor” seems to have reached consensus as a more social class-neutral replacement for “rich text editor”.)
Yesterday, the hackathon also hosted a usability testing session on the Kiwix offline app, led by Ryan Kaldari. The ops team is continuing its ongoing work on HTTPS & IPv6, and Victor Vasiliev partially implemented a long-awaited feature for Wikimedia wikis: a global watchlist.
The day ended with a party (with free beer and food) organized by our friends from Wikia.
Some talks that were originally scheduled for Saturday are happening today, including Brandon Harris’ short presentation on “identity”, Mark Bergsma’s on IPv6, and the discussions on performance and HipHop, with Domas Mituzas and Tim Starling.
This year’s motto is “talk less, code more”. Happy coding!