A new wordpress release is out and you’d like to know what’s changed? Sure, you can read the changelog, but is that REALLY enough?
Point your interweb box to: http://core.svn.wordpress.org/tags/ and then use svn to show you exactly what’s changed. Pick the URLs to the tags that represent the two releases you’d like to compare, and then:
svn diff http://core.svn.wordpress.org/tags/3.0.4/ \ http://core.svn.wordpress.org/tags/3.0.5/ > ~/tmp/wp-3.0.4_to_3.0.5.txt
Then inspect “~/tmp/wp-3.0.4_to_3.0.5.txt” to see what’s changed.
I prefer to use the WordPress core trac for that because it provides a nice colour coded visual diff.
For example: http://core.trac.wordpress.org/changeset?old_path=%2Ftags%2F3.0.4&new_path=%2Ftags%2F3.0.5
1. Go to http://core.trac.wordpress.org/browser/tags/
2. Click on “View changes” down the bottom of the page
3. Enter tags/3.0.4 in the From field, and tags/3.0.5 in the to box
4. Click the view changes button
Nice. I spend a ton of time in the shell, and I’m one with svn – but highlighting the *parts* of lines that’ve changed is sweet.
Yeh I’m a shell guy myself too, but staring at black and white plain text diffs makes my head spin!