LifterLMS Working Group

Working Group Session 4: REST API Proposal and Specification

The LifterLMS Working Group will be meeting on July 17, 9-10am PT for our 4th session. The focus of this month’s meeting will be to review and discuss the proposal and specification for the forthcoming LifterLMS REST API.

In mid June we announced our product roadmap and release schedule for the rest of 2019. The first of these major releases is a REST API which will be made available as an addition to the free LifterLMS core plugin.

We’ve been quietly (but publicly) designing the specification for the REST API, and we’re now ready to present it to the working group.

Please review the specification and take a few minutes to submit your feedback and thoughts before attending the session.

The full (working) specification is documented at gocodebox.github.io/lifterlms-rest/.

You can submit your thoughts and feedback here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQTBN-TOG9kPyccWJ_agZWmxuUwdaz7PGforoXRwW3IYscbA/viewform

Join us live or leave comments below.

Check the events calendar for information on the event.

Working Group Session 3: Merge Codes

The LifterLMS Working Group will be meeting on April 17, 2019, 9-10am PT for our 3rd session. The focus of this month’s meeting will merge codes.

LifterLMS currently utilizes merge codes for engagements and notifications. In the future we plan for merge codes can be utilized in all areas of LifterLMS (including LMS and non-LMS posts and pages).

As the maintainers we’re in the very early phases of clarifying our thinking around how to make merge codes most useful to course creators and before we solidify any plans we look to the working group for feedback and guidance.

Join us live or leave comments below.

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A (late) Introduction to the LifterLMS Working Group

Saurabh had an idea

He approached the team sometime in the fall. He wanted us to start a LifterLMS Working Group.

In software development working groups are common. The W3C has several dozen groups which regularly gather to discuss and work on various internet specifications. Without these groups and specifications, we would not have many of the tools and utilities we use daily to power our websites.

WordPress itself doesn’t call them working groups, but if you point your browser to make.wordpress.org you can see another dozen or so teams working on various areas of the WordPress project.

A free and open-source project with a growing community should have it’s own working group, but we don’t.

We’ve always planned features with the interest of the user in the forefront of our minds. We gather feedback and diligently record issues and feature requests. We pivot our focus and goals based on these comments and questions we hear in support conversations and social media posts.

But the issue Saurabh’s idea attempts to resolve is that we did not have an official forum or platform to facilitate the co-creation of LifterLMS. We, the core team, have always remained solely responsible for the actions taken following or as a result of these conversations.

Saurabh’s idea was to gather a new group of stakeholders and meet to organize our collective thoughts about the successes and shortcomings of the project. His idea was to create the platform the project has been lacking.

The First Meeting

In January we organized the first meeting of this working group. We hand-selected a small group of users and contributors. We decided to start with quizzes as our first discussion topic. We checked our issue and request trackers and found when organized by category, quizzes, by far, had the highest number of feature requests.

I had intentions to distill the learnings of this first working group into some ground-breaking document and publish it here on the blog.

I had intentions that something so powerful would be said that it would result somehow instantly in a reconstructed and superior quiz system.

We discussed these things, and we (the core team) recorded more notes and more feedback. A lot of what we talked about has been written down and recorded by us multiple times over. New points were brought to our attention, and some of the issues we’re aware of were given new context.

There’s more work for our team to do on quizzes, and as we approach the second meeting of the working group we have new things to consider.

Improving the Working Group

As we look forward to the next session of the group, we hope to work together to find ways to encourage greater participation from members of the group.

Talk and discussion is not unimportant, but it’s only a small part of what we’ve learned we need from this group. We not only need members with great ideas and strong opinions, we need members who are willing to do work.

The most obvious work is code, but we don’t need to write more code*, we need to draft and create documentation, architectural models, feature concepts, roadmaps, and design specifications.

In simple terms: we need to determine, concretely, the things that LifterLMS needs to do. We need to write these things down and commit to them.

After these concepts and ideas are solidified, then I will work with our core team and contributors to turn these into deployable and useable features.

If we look to the work of the working groups of the W3C, we’ll see that these groups do not write code. They write specifications. These groups may have developers in them but the primary purpose of these groups is to create and design these specifications. The browser vendors and developers working on Chromium or Blink or Mozilla will then interpret these specifications and create the browsers we use.

Moving forward, the LifterLMS Working Group will be creating these specifications, and you’re invited to participate.

* If you’re a developer, we do need to write more code, please join us, please contribute.

Session 2, March 2019: Certificates

On March, 20, 2019 at 9:00am PST we’ll gather for the second session of the LifterLMS Working Group, and we’ll be discussing certificates.

Our choice for this session comes after realizing that our first topic, quizzes, was perhaps too broad a topic. Certificates, while arguably as important as quizzes, we’re hoping will prove to be a topic that’s more digestible in a short period of time.

Bring your ideas, and be prepared to start creating LifterLMS with us.

See the events calendar for meeting details.