Developer plugin 1.2 released: UI Improvements and New Plugins

Version 1.2 of the Developer plugin is hot off the press!

1.2 includes a host of UI improvements as well as two new plugins, Log Viewer by Markus Fischbacher, and Jetpack by Automattic, plus a new Jetpack constant,  JETPACK_DEV_DEBUG. This release aims to improve the usability of Developer by adding:

  • Detailed messages in case of an error while installing or activating a plugin
  • Plugin descriptions on installation steps, so it’s more clear what you’re installing actually does
  • A link to the plugin details page on installation steps
  • A more obvious button to close the post-install modal window

Also included are some behind the scenes improvements to make recommended plugins and constants more flexible down the road as we continue to add to the plugin.

If you’d like to stay up to date with the latest on Developer, please join us on Github where all feedback, plugin suggestions, bug reports, and pull requests are always welcome!

Developer plugin v1.1: Themers are developers too!

UPDATE: we regularly push updates to the developer plugin, make sure you grab the latest version here: https://github.com/Automattic/developer.

We’ve pushed out v1.1 of the Developer plugin, which is packed full of goodies for WordPress theme developers.

You can now indicate that you’re working on a theme for a self-hosted WordPress install to get recommendations on a number of must-have plugins as suggested by the WordPress.com Theme Team.

We also cleaned up a few things, fixed some bugs, added some new plugins (User Switching by John Blackbourn and Pig Latin by Nikolay Bachiyski) and some other useful resources (like the _s starter theme).

(Note: we also pushed out v1.1.1 shortly after to fix an issue with the plugin slug for the Pig Latin plugin. Thanks bobbingwide for the fix.)

As always, if you’d like to check out the code and contribute, join us on Github; pull requests, bug reports, and plugin recommendations are more than welcome.