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Stack Overflow WordPress Widget

If you haven’t already, you should really check out Stack Overflow; it’s a community driven programming questions/answers site where people earn reputation and badges for contributing.

I wanted to put an XBox Live style "gamertag" on my blog with a link to my Stack Overflow profile and my current "reputation". I couldn’t find anything out there so I thought I’d dig up some Widget sample code and steal adapt it to display what I wanted.

There doesn’t seem to be any API for getting the information I wanted, so it uses a basic screen scrape, which may well stop working if they tweak the pages and may well not work for everyone’s profile page, but it works for mine and that’s all I care about ;-) Seriously though, if anyone else wants to use it and has problems, feel free to drop me a line and I’ll take a look at it. I’m no PHP expert either, so if anyone wants to tell me if my code sucks horribly, feel free :-D

You should be able to see the widget over on the right, and you can grab the widget itself below. Once it’s installed you need to configure it to give it your user number (26507 in my case) and your email address (so it can pull out your Gravatar). The email address isn’t used for anything other than hashing for the Gravatar, but you can read the source if you don’t believe me :-)

Update: I’ve made a few changes in response to a few comments, and also removed the little place holder and badges in there.  It takes into account badges that have been awarded multiple times, so it *should* be the same as your SO page :-)

Update2: Thanks to Ólafur Waage for providing an update to add a clear div after the widget and to run the name through htmlentities to handle names with “funky characters” :-)

Update3: Version 2.0.0 is now available on the WordPress plugin page. It has a simple cachine system and also now pulls its data from the Stack Overflow JSON feed, rather than using screen scraping. More info in the new post: Updated: Stack Overflow WordPress Widget.

New screenshot and download below:

Stack Overflow Widget

sowidget.zip

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