In the last couple of days I had some time to work on a widget for a new instance of this blog I’m builing up at the moment. The idea was to have a sidebar widget with some information from my SDN profile like total points and the latest blog posts.
My blog is running on Wordpress. Because I didn’t had any experience with PHP I found the del.icio.us widget by Automattic, Inc. very useful as a basic example for a plugin including how to build the widget configuration view. Frank Bueldges work on WP-RSSImport fitted well for reading the blog feed. Nigel James pointed me to curl which did a great job fetching a SDN Business Card related website to parse it for the name and total number of points.
The widget is called SDN Contributor and now available as version 1.0 and you can see it running on my new blog. I’ve set up a wiki page with all further information like installation instructions and download location. If you’re a SDN member and have a Wordpress blog under your own control, give it a try.