Accessing WordPress plugins remotely

With a plethora of wordpress plugins available for every conceivable purpose, there is a huge amount of data that is stored on a typical wordpress installation. We could easily use that data across domains or display them using widgets on the desktop. Take for example the WP-UserOnline plugin that displays how many users are currently online on your blog. We could easily write a proxy to grab that information from the plugin and use it in a Yahoo Widget or in a AIR application on the desktop, so you can see the number of users online without having to visit your site. Or you could use the information on some other site.
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Software Peter Principle

Having to scrap a project after working on it for more than a year is not really an interesting way to up your morale. But it is one the most common things to occur in software development.

To take a real world example; A development company I know has been developing a shopping cart for the last 14 months ( beats me why anyone has to develop a shopping cart when so many free and excellent are already available ). But it is still nowhere near production ready. There is always something left to be added or cleaned. During the development period more than half a dozen programmers have worked on the project and left, producing a convoluted piece of software, which every new member dreads to touch in fear of breaking something somewhere. Salvaging the project is getting harder by the day.
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Codediesel Firefox toolbar

A couple of days back I created a Firefox toolbar for my blog as an experiment in learning XUL. The toolbar is shown below. You can install the same from here.

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Now you can create a toolbar for your own blog or site. The source for the toolbar can be downloaded from below after which you can edit the code to suit your site; to help you there is a nice reference for XUL elements here. The idea for the post was inspired by david.

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Downloads : 1219 / File size : 23.2 kB

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