I am an intermidant PHP programer and this is the first widget/plugin I have created for WordPress. I realize the plugin doesn't do anything yet, I am just trying to get the wrapper working so I can write the core code.
The problem I am having is pretty generic. I am able to install and activate the plugin, however, when I drag the widget into a side bar, the form appears for me to enter the settings. I enter the settings and hit save, and they remain in the fields.
When I refresh the page though, the plugin disapears from the side bar list and has lost its configuration. Based on the code below, does anyone see the mistake I am making?