I'm not a web developer. I'm a designer. I put down PHP fast & easy development after 3 chapters because i couldn't get the examples right. I've gotten better since then, but i'm still no expert. It still feels odd to be releasing a plugin.
WordPress widgets are a fantastic plugin. and a fantastic platform. the links widget, however, was rather an afterthought it seems. I'm not the first one to replace it. it's a shame. The wordpress link administratration panel offers massive customization options, but most of the wordpress template tags completely disregard them. The standard widget is much the same, completely disregarding the widget API.
Links block is interesting, and it follows the API, but it requires more effort from the user. King Links does everything the original links admin page does, but it's a replacement for the entire panel. and it requires modifying core files.
So, this is a simple replacement for the links widget. I originally released it as part of the Disconnected theme. It gives back all the functionality of the admin panel, and conforms to the widget API. This isn't some great achievement, all of this code comes straight out of the codex. Which is why the Tarski Links Widget is nearly identical. I'm still working on adding the option to use something other than a list. Since it's pretty rare that anyone changes the before and after link values, I'm going to release this now. So I can waste my brain power on other things.