Latest YouTube Videos

Dec 16 2009

I think this warrants a blog post: Two days ago, I released a WordPress plugin. It’s called Latest YouTube Videos, and it displays the most recent 1 to 10 videos from a given YouTube account in the sidebar of a WordPress blog. Requires no extra plugins or frameworks; just install and use (it uses HTML and a bit of JavaScript).

I wrote it for the classic reason: I needed that functionality, and no existing YouTube plugin would provide it. While there were a bunch of YouTube plugins, they weren’t for the sidebar, required some framework or other plugin that I couldn’t get working on my version of WordPress, or just plain wouldn’t load the videos properly.

So, my plugin. Simple and effective. Learned quite a bit about the WordPress API, too, which like most APIs at first seems bizarre and inscrutable, then feels surprisingly elegant after some use.

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