yes, forcing, I'm such an abused little critter, it's so bad, I'll need counseling. :(
Over the last few weeks I have been putting the finishing touches on the plasma KPart plugin… It looks pretty good now, but still lacks a bit of the bits to really make it shine, including an API to allow applications to interact with the Plasma APIs on a more intimate level, rather than just "load widget foo, and I'll get out of the way".
The current state of our Plasma dashboard is looking pretty good. And, what's that? A special dates plugin! Thanks to the really awesome Akonadi and Calendar plugins (I owe fregl massive amounts of cookies/hugs for the calendar dataengine improvements!) it was mostly simple for me to write that widget. As you can tell, it still needs some layout lovin', and the code is kinda nasty in some places, but it's a great start.