On behalf of the entire WordPress team, I’m proud and excited to announce the immediate availability of version 2.2 “Getz” for download. This version includes a number of new features, most notably Widgets integration, and over two hundred bug fixes. It’s named in honor of tenor saxophonist Stan Getz. –Matt, from WordPress

Here’s my “short list” of observations:

  • Widgets (ie, AJAX-y sidebar thingies)
  • Full Atom support (plus new XML-RPC APIs)
  • Blogger.com integration
  • jQuery used for internal functions on admin page
  • Optionally set “home” and “siteurl” options in wp-config.php instead of the database (useful when supporting a dev/prod setup)
  • Tenor players (eg, Getz) rule

if you followed my previous post regarding subversion access to WP code, I can attest that the upgrade is now as easy as:

svn switch http://svn.automattic.com/wordpress/trunk/

…and hitting the database upgrade link. I needed to svn switch since, as you may have noticed, I had checked out the 2.1.3 tag, not the trunk. Switching to trunk should mean that all future upgrades are as easy as svn upgrade. Whee, etc!