ProcessWire Weekly #325

In the 325th issue of ProcessWire Weekly we're going to cover a new master version of ProcessWire, introduce the Textformatter Audio Embed module, and more. Read on!

Welcome to the latest issue of ProcessWire Weekly! This week we're happy to introduce the latest master version of ProcessWire, which — as of this writing — is still considered a soft launch, and will be made "official" (tagged version) likely sometime next week.

In other news we're also going to check out the Audio Embed Textformatter module, and of course a really awesome new site of the week called Beyond Banglatown. More about both of these in just a bit, so keep on reading.

Thanks to all of our readers for being here with us again, and as always, any feedback is most welcome – please don't hesitate to drop us a line if there's anything in your mind you'd like to share with us. Enjoy our latest issue and have a great weekend!

Soft launch of a new master version, 3.0.164

This week in his latest weekly update at the support forum Ryan announced something we've all been eagerly waiting for: the soft launch of a new master version, 3.0.164. While there were no new feature updates to the core this week — that would've been a pretty risky move so close to a new master release — a bunch of open issues were resolved.

As Ryan explains in the post, this version should once again be at least as stable (and quite possibly even more stable) than the previous master, but we're still taking it slow and letting it sink in before making it "official" by tagging a new release and all that. Ryan also mentioned an upcoming post that will cover all the new stuff in this release — though if you've been using the dev branch, you'll already know what's in there!

I feel pretty confident that the current dev branch is significantly more solid than the 3.0.148 master version. It adds and improves a whole lot, and also fixes a lot. [...] By this time next week, I should have a blog post ready that covers all that’s new in this version, which is 226 commits ahead of the previous master (3.0.148), so there’s a lot to cover.

— Ryan

So, if you have a chance to do so, please give the new master version a go and let us know (via the GitHub processwire-issues repository) if you run into any problems. Of course it shouldn't happen, but this is a big release, and a lot has changed since our last master version, 3.0.148.

Thanks, and be sure to check the weekly update from Ryan for more details!

New module: Textformatter Audio Embed

Textformatter Audio Embed is a brand new third party module for embedding audio files into content generated with an RTE field (primarily CKEditor). The module draws inspiration from the Textformatter Video Embed module — though behind the scenes it's much, much simpler.

After enabling Textformatter Audio Embed for your field, you just need to insert an URL of a supported audio file — MP3, OGG, or WAV — into a paragraph, and once the page gets rendered, this URL will be replaced by HTML5 <audio> element:


Which then becomes:

While this module doesn't provide a fallback for browsers that don't support the <audio> element, nowadays that shouldn't be much of an issue. The supported audio types are limited, and even then it's probably best to stick with either MP3 or OGG.

Site of the week: Beyond Banglatown

Our latest site of the week is called Beyond Banglatown, and it's an educational and research site built by millipedia and Periscope Design.

The goal of this site is to present the findings of a report conducted by the London School of Economics and the University of Manchester about the changing face of the neighbourhood around Brick Lane in East London — also known as Banglatown.

The site contains plenty of information, including numerous articles, interviews, video material, and a collection of graphs that are both visually stunning and informative. All in all this site is a real treasure trove of information!

Brick Lane is an iconic space in the history and contemporary present of the Bangladeshi community in Britain. The street was once home to the largest concentration of curry restaurants in the UK. [...]

It is a Brick Lane story, a London story and a story of Britain.

From the Beyond Banglatown case story posted to the support forum we know that this was in fact the first ProcessWire based project started by Millipedia, there's a lot going on in terms of AJAX features and imports and whatnot, and when it comes to modules there's one that got a special mention: TracyDebugger.

Big thanks to the folks at Millipedia for sharing this project with us, and congratulations to the client for their new and amazing website. This project is really quite something — be sure to visit it for a deep dive into the rich culture and history of Banglatown!

Stay tuned for our next issue

That's all for the 325th issue of ProcessWire Weekly. We'll be back with more news, updates, and content Saturday, 8th of August. As always, ProcessWire newsletter subscribers will get our updates a few days later.

Thanks for staying with us, once again. Hope you've had a great and productive week, and don't forget to check out the ProcessWire forums for more interesting topics. Until next week, happy hacking with ProcessWire!

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