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>> Zac Gordon: Stepping back from this a moment. In 2015, in December, Matt Mullenweg who is kind of a co-founder of WordPress, he was one of the two people along with Mike Little who fought it back in its early days. He gave his first homework assignment ever, and every year he gives a talk on the state of WordPress and what's latest and greatest, what's coming, what's new, all of these.
[00:01:44] But there's also more stuff going on since then, so that customizer I showed you, it's getting better and better, there are experiments on how to do more and more with it. As well as widgets and hooks in WordPress are huge, huge part of it but you've had to build all of them in PHP.
[00:02:02] So there are some projects now. The way new features in Core and WordPress work is they launch it as a plugin first, get all th traction, get all the testing done. Then it becomes a featured plugin, and then eventually [COUGH] rolled into Core. So these are the projects that I'm mentioning here, have a lot of work behind them [COUGH] and people going into them.
[00:02:22] But they're not in core yet, so this is just kind of what's up and coming. And then the biggest one is Gutenberg, and Gutenberg is a rebuild of the entire editor page. So when you go to add a post or add a page, it's going to be rebuilding that as a single page web app design with the ability to kind of drag some things around, have blocks of content instead of just one content field.
[00:03:01] And we have all these developers being paid to work on a WordPress project that's already in React. But then you have so many of the average developers out there, who've really fallen in love with Vue. And, they're like, no Vue's easier and we should use Vue instead. And so there's a lot of discussion going into this right now.
[00:03:18] And they even have open chats every week, and you could join them if you wanted to and take part of the discussion. So, this is kind of some of the stuff that's coming up in Core. And the point being, a year from now, these thing will be even further along.
[00:04:12] So lets say JS driven, and then one of the most exciting is completely decoupled environments. So, you could build your React, or Angular, or Vue app, and then just tie into the APN on the back-end, and never have to touch WordPress. And with authentication, you don't actually have to log in.
[00:05:14] They're not coming in going, how do I set up my web pack build, and how do I build a decoupled project and tie into an API, because these skills are not standard, but in a lot of education now with web development, this is stuff being taught kind of as the go-to way.
[00:05:30] So, there is discussion on what's going to come next. I have some opinions. It hasn't really been announced, so I'll hold them off. But possibly even by the time this airs or definitely within the next year or so. We'll probably see just like backbone was added and jQuery was added at a certain time.
[00:05:46] We'll probably see Vue or React added to Word Press Core itself and the core components being built with that, which is going to allow a lot of other things to happen easier.