Dance to Calypso

An insightful piece by Matt Mullenweg on the balance between maintaining a popular piece of software and adapting to advancements in technology.

Oh, and there’s this, too:

So we asked ourselves a big question. What would we build if we were starting from scratch today, knowing all we’ve learned over the past 13 years of building WordPress? At the beginning of last year, we decided to start experimenting and see.

Today we’re announcing something brand new, a new approach to WordPress, and open sourcing the code behind it. The project, codenamed Calypso, is the culmination of more than 20 months of work by dozens of the most talented engineers and designers I’ve had the pleasure of working with (127 contributors with over 26,000 commits!).

This is precisely the direction I had hoped WordPress would take: a JavaScript frontend (or frontends), communicating with the solid WP core over well-defined APIs.