WMF engineering reports

  1. Wikimedia engineering report, August 2014


    Major news in August includes: the Wikimania 2014 conference in London, and the associated hackathon; a statement on Wikipedia Zero and net neutrality; progress on the new content translation tool and its passing the milestone of 100 translated articles.... Read more

  2. Wikimedia engineering report, July 2014


    Major news in July include: a recap of how the Operations team collaborated with the RIPE NCC to measure the delivery of Wikimedia sites to users in Asia and elsewhere; an analysis of the impact of the San Francisco data center on the speed of Wikimedia sites; the launch of the new native Wikipedia app for iOS; a first look at the content translation tool. Note: We’re also providing a shorte... Read more

  3. Wikimedia engineering report, June 2014

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    Major news in June include: the release of the new Wikipedia for Android app, preceded by its beta version; the decision to move away from Bugzilla in favor of Phabricator; A new tablet view for Wikimedia sites. Note: We’re also providing a shorter, simpler and translatable version of this report that does not assume specialized technical knowledge.... Read more

  4. Wikimedia engineering report, May 2014

    Major news in May include: changes to the mobile site to better show the editors behind the curtain; the announcement of CyrusOne in Dallas as the location of the new Wikimedia data center; the Zürich hackathon and Lila Tretikov’s perspective on it; experiments by the Growth team to encourage more contributors to register; the one-year anniversary of the launch of Tech News; the launch of W... Read more

  5. Wikimedia engineering report, April 2014

    Major news in April include: the change of format of MediaWiki localization files from PHP to JSON, and the associated modernization of the LocalisationUpdate extension; the move of Wikimedia Labs to a new data center; the “Heartbleed” security vulnerability and how the Wikimedia Foundation’s team responded to it; an explanation of how the Mobile team uses Trello to plan their developmen... Read more

  6. Wikimedia engineering report, March 2014

    Major news in March include: an overview of webfonts, and the advantages and challenges of using them on Wikimedia sites; a series of essays written by Google Code-in students who shared their impressions, frustrations and surprises as they discovered the Wikimedia and MediaWiki technical community; Hovercards now available as a Beta feature on all Wikimedia wikis, allowing readers to see a short ... Read more

  7. Wikimedia engineering report, February 2014

    Major news in February include: a call for volunteers to test the upcoming multimedia viewer; improvements to VisualEditor’s media and template editors; the launch of the Flow discussion system on two pilot talk pages on the English Wikipedia; the launch of guided tours to 31 more language versions of Wikipedia, including all of the top 10 projects by number of page views; improvements to th... Read more

  8. Wikimedia engineering report, January 2014

    Major news in January include: the transition of our search engines on Wikimedia sites to ElasticSearch; a presentation of how the Tech newsletter works, including a historical perspective; an invitation to comment on the 2-year vision of the multimedia engineering team; a request for comments on whether the MP4 video format should be supported on Wikimedia sites. Note: We’re also providing ... Read more

  9. Wikimedia engineering report, December 2013

    Major news in December include: a retrospective on Language Engineering events, including the language summit in Pune, India; the launch of a draft feature on the English Wikipedia, to provide a gentler start for Wikipedia articles. Note: We’re also providing a shorter, simpler and translatable version of this report that does not assume specialized technical knowledge.... Read more

  10. Wikimedia engineering report, November 2013

    Major news in November include: Beta Features, a new way for users to try out new features on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia sites before they are released for everyone; The launch of our search for a VP of Engineering; A retrospective by the Mobile engineering team on best practices for collaboration while working distributedly; The activation of OAuth on Wikimedia wikis, which allows users to aut... Read more