TechCom weekly digest 2020-09-02

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TechCom weekly digest 2020-09-02

Daniel Kinzler-3
Hi all,

Here are the minutes from this week's TechCom meeting:

=== New RFC: Challenges of developing with npm dependencies ===
* The “frontend build step” RFC is overly broad, and has drifted over time, see
  https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T199004
* Dan will draft a new RFC focused on some of the issues we encounter in the
  Analytics team when developing Node.js services. Specifically around code
  review, CI/deploy, and dependency auditing.

=== Parsoid extension API ===
* https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T260714
* TT: this is a major milestone RFC, the new parser will replace the old one.
  Hooks and methods not mentioned here will likely be deprecated/removed. I
  believe that’s well-understood and the
* Parsoid team did great outreach over the past year. This should be detailed
  and summarised on the RFC, or linked to.

=== Session expiry ===
* Pywikibot users have been experiencing CSRF tokens, see
  https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T261050
* This may be due to the fact that we have become more strict about expiring web
  sessions after a given time since we moved session storage to the Kask
  service.
* It is currently unclear from the documentation for how long a CSRF token is
  valid for. This should be made more clear.

=== Removal of unused code without deprecation ===
* Daniel proposed a change to the stable interface policy on wikitech-l, in a
  thread titled “Making breaking changes without deprecation?”
* Reactions are mixed, more feedback welcome.
* The input from the mailing list will be used to update the current policy


You can also find our meeting minutes at
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Technical_Committee/Minutes>

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Daniel Kinzler
Principal Software Engineer, Core Platform
Wikimedia Foundation

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