It’s been a very long challenging year for all of us. Now is a good time to un-judgingly look back at what happened in the Perch world.
There were only a couple of Perch core releases to fix some compatibility issues for PHP 7.x and MySQL 8. The latest Perch release is v3.1.7 which is compatible with PHP 7.4.
Given the lack of releases is worrying some developers in the community, it is worth noting that PHP 7.4 will continue to receive security support until 28 November 2022. So if your worst fear comes true, you have until then to migrate existing Perch sites to other solutions. You can always refer to the official PHP page for supported versions.
There is still no official release date for Perch v4. Official announcements during 2020 did not reveal a lot. So unfortunately we will have to wait a little longer to find out what comes next for Perch.
While there were not many software releases, the documentation received a decent amount of updates including:
- Email API method
- html tag attribute
- encode tag attribute
- else tag attribute
- no-index tag attribute
- searchable tag attribute
- filter options now lists aliases
- perch_template() has been expanded with detailed examples
- field-type tag attribute on the
I published 16 blog posts, which is 4 more than 2019. I don’t keep count during the year, and somehow at the end of this year I felt I wrote less in general. So I’m pleased with this!
Besides updates to various existing add-ons, I released 2 new ones. This year I focused on making it easier for Perch developers to build CRUD applications with the new Pipit Members app and the Members field type.
Besides publishing new blog posts, I have no concrete plans for Pipits in 2021. It is unlike me to not be optimistic for what’s to come in a new year, but we’ve gone through a lot in 2020.
This time last year I started redesigning grabapipit.com. I didn’t like what I came up with so I hired a designer. Unfortunately I chose to press pause. 2020 has not been kind on us and it was not the best time. Hopefully if we see Perch v4 during 2021, I may start investing in the redesign again. I have also pressed pause on a number of Perch add-ons I was working on. It is a shame because I was extremely excited to make these available for Perch developers.