Since I first started using WordPress I’ve been idly thinking about writing a plugin. I didn’t have any great ideas that hadn’t been done before, nor anything I really needed; I just wanted to learn. The other day I decided I wanted to alter the plugin that runs my orgasm chart (Pasi Matilainen’s Simple Graph plugin) and add a few more functions. I hadn’t realized there was more than just coding in PHP when it came to creating them. Now I know better, and while I haven’t modified Pasi’s plugin (okay, I did, and I screwed it up: I had a backup, though), I started writing a brand new baby plugin of my own. Right now it doesn’t do anything except write to the database and generate random text for testing. But that’s all good, I didn’t expect to write one in ten minutes. Besides the WP Codex, I was able to pick it up rather quickly from blog.forret.com’s new online WordPress Plugin Generator. It’s the first beta version, but there are additional plans in the works for more functionality. I’ll probably have figured it out by then, but I wanted to get it out here in case anyone else is thinking about writing a WP plugin. The generator’s been a great help learning the basics for authoring WP plugins to someone like me: an amateur code hacker.