WordPress 3.3 will flip the (Java)script on you


Developers, assemble! There’s some great news for you coming from the WordPress 3.3 front. There have been some Javascript updates and additions. These blessings come in the form of:

  • jQuery 1.6.4 and jQuery UI 1.8.16,
  • the WordPress Editor API,
  • refactoring of Quicktags,
  • a new multi-file uploader, and
  • some native WordPress function updates.

The addition of jQuery 1.6.4 and jQuery UI 1.8.16 includes the full UI, widgets, effects and everything! This makes it easier for plugins to use UI components that aren’t included in core.

The updated Editor API is for TinyMCE and Quicktags. It outputs all parts of both of the editors in the same way as the Add/Edit Post screens. Plugins can use the WordPress editor anywhere.

The new multi-file uploader includes Plupload, the lovechild of the Google Summer of Code project. It adds stability and a plethora of features. It will also choose the best interface (HTML 5, Silverlight or Flash) for the browser you’re using.

There’s more info available on the official WordPress development blog. From the looks of it, there are some pretty good threads forming in the comments section as well.

Who already has plans for when this rolls out? Tell us what you think in the comments.

Oh yeah. Developers, you are dismissed.

7 thoughts on “WordPress 3.3 will flip the (Java)script on you

  1. The whole media upload/management area of WordPress is possibly the weakest part for me. It is the source of endless hours of frustration from I can see. Glad to see some steps in the direction of making that whole experience better.

      • Hey Ryan!

        I think it could handle multiple uploads better. I think management into folders via the admin area would be useful, and a better image manipulation tool for clients on upload. I also find (and clients very much so) that the various buttons (select this, insert into image, save this, etc etc) are confusing and inconsistent. I think it would be a great thing to look at – even some of it – for 3.4 or 3.5. Is this generally something you see others interested in seeing improved?

        Many thanks…love the site! Ab

  2. Hi.
    Nice post and good blog. I’m a fan of this website and thanks for giving fresh updates and tutorials. 🙂

    I just had a doubt: Will these features be applicable to free blogs hosted on wordpress.com?

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