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A lot of work has already been done in the area of desktop widgets by people like https://weblogs.sdn.sap.com/pub/u/251690412 and Tarun Telang just to name a few. Although desktop widgets didn’t worked out for me yet, a SDN Points on Your Desktop inspired me while I was working on my new blog. Wouldn’t it be nice to have your SDN points in a dedicated space in your blog?

With this idea in my head I grabed a basic plugin source here and a feed import plugin there, took a tip from PHP expert Nigel James to look into curl for fetching websites and the result is the SDN Contributor WordPress widget.

SDN Contributor Sidebar Widget

A picture can say more that a thousand words but for software it is better to see it running live. If you want to take a look I’m using the widget in a test instance of my blog at the moment.

It is designed to work as a sidebar widget in your wordpress blog and displays your name on SDN, your contribution points and your latest blog posts. There are also a couple of minor things to configure like the widget title, the number of blog posts to display and if you want to have the publishing date and a short desciption for each blog post.

SDN Contributor Configuration

For the widget to work, it is necessary that you provide it with your Business Card id and your blogger id. If you don’t provide any of them (maybe you haven’t written a blog on SDN yet) its related information simple won’t be displayed.

I have set up a Wiki page on my own server where you will find a lot of additional information, installation instructions and a download link for the widget.

As far as I know it isn’t possible to add new plugins to a blog hosted by WordPress.com (that’s why I moved my new blog to my own server) so you have to host your blog on your own to make this work.

It always good to get some feedback so let me know what you think, if and where you use it for your blog and if you would like to see more or other information displayed. Maybe you have your own blog but it’s not running on WordPress. The basic functionality should be fairly easy to port to other platforms as well so don’t hasitate and give it a try.

Oh and I have to admit, the new blog editor here is so much better. Thanks SDN!

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    1. Oliver Kohl Post author
      Thanks that you like it. I wasn’t even sure possible users for this but it’s good to see that it works for you as well as for me;)

      Let me know if you have any suggestions or problems.

      Cheers,
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  1. Mark Finnern
    Hi Oliver,

    Have to finally get my external blog going again. Thanks for the additional motivation, Mark. 

    P.S. Looks great on Matthias’ blog.

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    1. Oliver Kohl Post author
      Hi Frank,

      well that’s a surprise;) I didn’t expect you to hang around here. Thanks for your nice RSSImport plugin. I had do modify it a bit to better fit it with SDN and renamed and repackaged it. But you got the full credits on the Wiki page and your original acknowledgments are also preserved in the source.

      Thanks again. Your plugin made it so much easier.

      Best regards,
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    1. Oliver Kohl Post author
      I’m glad that you like it. If you find the time please take a look at the code and let me know where to improve it. It’s still a first shoot.

      Cheers,
        ok

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  2. Abesh Bhattacharjee
    Hi Oliver,

    I guess I was fortunate to be one of the first ones to actually see it in action and IT IS GREAT !!!
    I want more and more of these wordpress platform widgets  🙂

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    1. Oliver Kohl Post author
      Abesh,

      thanks for your feedback and your motivation. I think there is still some space left to improve on;) Let’s see what the future will bring.

      Cheers,
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  3. Marilyn Pratt
    Wow Oliver, this is very nice.  Hope this motivates others to create a version for blogger.com as well.  I enjoyed seeing how Matthias put it to work and it really is cool to see aggregated SDN blogs on your personal blog.  Thanks.
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    1. Oliver Kohl Post author
      Hi Marylin,

      I haven’t looked into how widgets/gadgets for blogger.com are build but it’s definitely on my todo list (if nobody else takes over this task).

      Regards,
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