Wikimedia engineering July 2013 report

Major news in July include: Giving more editors an easy-to-use editing interface (the VisualEditor) on several Wikipedias Improving language support on our sites via summer interns’ projects and easier configuration options, and asking for help translating the VisualEditor interface Enabling users to edit our sites from mobile devices, like phones…

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Volunteers and staffers teach, learn, create at Amsterdam hackathon

149 participants from 31 countries came to Amsterdam in late May to teach each other and improve Wikimedia technology. Technologists taught and attended sessions on how to write and run a bot, use the new Lua templating language, how to move from Toolserver to the new Wikimedia Labs, design, Wikidata,…

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What Lua scripting means for Wikimedia and open source

Yesterday we flipped a switch: editors can now use Lua, an innovative programming language, to generate sections of wiki pages on all our sites. We’d like to talk about what this means for the open source community at large, for Wikimedians, and for our future.

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New Lua templates bring faster, more flexible pages to your wiki

Starting Wednesday, March 13th, you’ll be able to make wiki pages even more useful, no matter what language you speak: we’re adding Lua as a templating language. This will make it easier for you to create and change infoboxes, tables, and other useful MediaWiki templates. We’ve already started to deploy…

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How the Technical Operations team stops problems in their tracks

Last week, you read about how Wikimedia Foundation’s Technical Operations team (“Ops”) spent hundreds or thousands of staff hours to refactor and automate all the services it provides, to prepare for the January data center migration. One reward from that work: our sites were not down as often, and when…

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From duct tape to puppets: How a new data center became an opportunity to do things right

Last week, the Wikimedia Foundation flipped a historic switch: we transitioned our main technical services to a shiny new data center in Ashburn, Virginia. For the first time since 2004, Wikimedia sites are no longer primarily hosted in Tampa, Florida. To help understand this grueling journey (and why it’s crucial),…

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Lead our development process as a product adviser or manager

Would you like to decide how Wikimedia sites work? You can be a product adviser or a product manager, as a volunteer, and guide the work of Wikimedia Foundation developers. What is a product manager? As Howie Fung, the head of WMF’s product team, recently explained, when we create things…

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Google Summer of Code students reach project milestones

This year, the MediaWiki community again participated in Google Summer of Code, in which we selected nine students to work on new features or specific improvements to the software. They were sponsored by Google and mentored by experienced developers, who helped them become part of the development community and guided…

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Wikimedia engineering June 2012 report

Major news in June include: the Berlin hackathon, the largest gathering of Wikimedia technologists to-date, co-organized with Wikimedia Deutschland; the June milestone release of the Visual Editor and Parsoid to mediawiki.org; the mobile team kicking off app development for Wiki Loves Monuments the launch of IPv6 support for all Wikimedia…

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Wikimedia Foundation selects nine students for summer software projects

We received 63 proposals for this year’s Google Summer of Code, and several mentors put many hours into evaluating project ideas, discussing them with applicants and making the tough decisions. We’re happy to announce our final choices, the Google Summer of Code students for 2012: Ankur Anand, working on integrating…

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