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From Sylvain Wallez <>
Subject Re: [RT] Micro kernel based Cocoon
Date Mon, 23 May 2005 14:05:02 GMT
Daniel Fagerstrom wrote:

> Sylvain Wallez wrote:
> <snip/>
>> We should also consider if blocks should be _similar_ to Eclipse 
>> plugins, of if they should _be_ such plugins, which would remove us a 
>> log of work, both for code, docs and support.
> I have read some Eclipse docu, but it is not obvious to me what 
> Eclipse plugins will help us more specifically with. Care to flesh out 
> some more details?

The extension point system can be of great value: a plugin declares an 
extension point (e.g. the core can declare a "source-factory" extension 
point), and plugins can provide contributions to this extension point 
(e.g. the JCR block will contribute a jcr: source factory). The source 
resolver can then know all protocols that are provided by plugins 
somewhere in the system.

AFAIU the plugin management stuff (download, update, etc) is specific, 
even if built on top of OSGi. Version management also.


Sylvain Wallez                        Anyware Technologies  
Apache Software Foundation Member     Research & Technology Director

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