WordPress 2.8 Beta 1

WordPress 2.8 Beta 1 has been released. For all the new features, refer to the WordPress 2.8 in Codex. I am going to upgrade this site now.

This site is running the development versions of all my plugins, so it should work with WordPress 2.8. Please let me know if you encounter any bug.

Download: WordPress 2.8 Beta 1

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New WP_Widget Class In WordPress 2.8

In WordPress 2.8, there is a new WP_Widget class, which personally I like it very much as now the multi-instances of widgets is handled by WordPress, all you need to do is just to extends the WP_Widget class and overwrite 3 of the functions namely widgets(), update() and form();

Below is a sample code taken from my WP-Polls that displays Polls Widget. It is tested and it works perfectly. Hope it is useful for plugin authors.

 __('Put a poll that you have added in WP-Polls on your sidebar', 'wp-polls'));
		$this->WP_Widget('polls', __('Polls'), $widget_ops);

	// Display Widget
	function widget($args, $instance) {
		$title = esc_attr($instance['title']);
		$poll_id = intval($instance['poll_id']);
		$display_pollarchive = intval($instance['display_pollarchive']);
		echo $before_widget.$before_title.$title.$after_title;
		if($display_pollarchive) {
		echo $after_widget;

	// When Widget Control Form Is Posted
	function update($new_instance, $old_instance) {
		if (!isset($new_instance['submit'])) {
			return false;
		$instance = $old_instance;
		$instance['title'] = strip_tags($new_instance['title']);
		$instance['poll_id'] = intval($new_instance['poll_id']);
		$instance['display_pollarchive'] = intval($new_instance['display_pollarchive']);
		return $instance;

	// DIsplay Widget Control Form
	function form($instance) {
		global $wpdb;
		$instance = wp_parse_args((array) $instance, array('title' => __('Polls', 'wp-polls'), 'poll_id' => 0, 'display_pollarchive' => 1));
		$title = esc_attr($instance['title']);
		$poll_id = intval($instance['poll_id']);
		$display_pollarchive = intval($instance['display_pollarchive']);




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