I've been reading Professional WordPress Plugin Development the last few weeks and I finally got around to putting some of what I've read (a tiny bit) to use.
I've written my first WordPress plugin. It's part of a larger project of mine to replace my [[http://orgmode.org]] powered static site with WordPress and learn about WordPress plugin development along the way.
Right now, it only shows the 5 latest posts, much like the widgets in the side-bar and admin area do (except with less options I'm sure). My plans are simple, just a number of posts and possibly a tag or category.
For now I don't have any place for you to see it in action, but
hopefully soon. To use it just add
[[recent]] anywhere in your post
or page. It is meant to be used in pages, but there is no technical
reason why it couldn't also be used in posts.