Webkrauts advent calendar: YQL image gallery as WordPress plugin

Based on yesterday’s article “SELECT Bilder FROM Flickr OR PicasaWebAlbums WITH YQL FOR Bildergalerie”, I describe in today’s article on the Webkrauts advent calendar how to build a simple WordPress plugin that provides a shortcode to easily integrate a gallery with images from Flickr or Picasa Web Albums into your posts or pages.

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Moving up to 2

As my WordPress dashboard tells me, it’s been 63 days since the release of WordPress 2.0 and 31 days since 2.0.1. So I decided I should take some action. Plagued with insomnia tonight, I got going. And…? It went smooth as a baby’s bottom. Thanks to the great work of Ryan Boren, Matt Mullenweg and all the other people involved in pushing WP forward. The update was basically a matter of deleting the old files and uploading the new ones. WordPress 2 really looks nice, especially the admin interface has evolved quite a bit.
Of course I went for a clean install of all the plugins I’m using, which meant some self-inflicted extra work. Even that was no big deal. At the moment I’ve installed the following plugins without a problem:

as well as the awesome theme K2 by Michael Heilemann & Chris J Davis.

At first glance I was impressed by the new WYSIWYG editor for posts but writing this text, I started to dislike it. The biggest Problem I see is that if you copy and paste anything form a website, it keeps the formatting and other tags, which some people might like, but I’m not one of them. Oh well, maybe it’ll just take some time to get used to it.