I spoke today at WordCamp Chicago, talking about building widgets. In my session we learned how to build your first WordPress widget and went step-by-step through the best practices for building a simple widget. We discussed when a widget should be built into a theme or plugin, and when a widget should be its own plugin. You can check out the slides if you’d like to.
The plugin that I used as an example is a simple plugin that allows you to add your name to a sidebar.
The example code is up on Github for themes and plugins.
Hopefully everyone who attended is ready to avenge their fathers, or unleash their own widgets out into the world!
Update: Here is a video of my talk from WordCamp Chicago 2014: