One of the things I’ve been going to do for a long time is make a WordPress plugin, you know just to prove I could. But for the longest time I didn’t have an idea. Then I made a whole bunch of web mashups with PHP and I decided after all that a WordPress plugin would be easy.
Rather than take on all the overhead of my mashup codebase, I decided to just make a super simple plugin that pulls a random quotation from a .csv file and displays it on screen. The plugin is widget enabled, you just drag it to a dynamic sidebar and provide a file path and voila random quotation.
It isn’t necessarily the most clever or the optimal solution, but it wasn’t that hard to create, even though I found a lot of the WordPress plugin tutorials lacking. It is based a little on Hello Dolly but also on one or two tutorials I found in Google. Here are two token screen shots of how it looks in my sidebar and what the little admin screen looks like.
I wish I would have looked in my bookmarks instead of Google as this seems like a better way to do things, certainly more object oriented.