[MonoDevelop] Thoughts about AddIns

Brice Carpentier brice@dlfp.org
Thu, 08 Apr 2004 14:06:17 +0200

Mike Krueger wrote:
> Hi
>> The problem that I see arising is enabling/disabling various addins with
>> various dependencies (which may not even be written in C#) and
>> installing them easily.  Most plugin-enabled apps I have used have a UI
>> for managing these things, which could include the possibility of adding
>> an addin automatically via a url.  Also, I think shipping most of the
>> possible addins with monodevelop may become a burden and even be
>> undesirable for people with simple needs.
> This might be ... but for SharpDevelop we have so few developers that it 
> currently doesn't make sense.
> We can integrate all addins and 'hide' them in the right place. From 
> time to time we need to change the
> menu structure a bit (like the view menu lately). But for now all is 
> consistent and looks 'thin' ... what is
> needed for #D is the ability to have different 'views' (gui layouts) for 
> different 'modes' (for example
> debugging).
> But for some add-ins that might pop up it is surely better to download 
> and install them additional. But
> the main goal for #D was to integrate ALL avaiable tools. (Thats why 
> these things are called Integrated
> Development Environment and not VI).
>> I think the solution will be to offer a mechanism similar to the
>> following.  Enable/Disable existing addins without requiring removal of
>> the dll/addin files.  Functionality to download a zip of an independent
>> addin and have it automatically installed to the right place (it may
>> require a xml file that self-describes the functionality and
>> dependencies of the addin).  Installing an addin manually or via a rpm
>> should also still work.
> This is something that would be really good ... a other good feature 
> would be 'auto-update' of addins.
> (which basically is equal to auto update the IDE).
> But currently #D doesn't go in that direction ... maybe after 1.0.
> Regards
> Mike
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I know this a little off topic, but speaking of SharpDevelop, I'm 
working here with a friends, I'm using MonoDevelop and he's using #Develop.
I can open his combines, but once I've done that, he can't open them 
I think this is somehow related to file paths.
Is this a known problem ?

Brice Carpentier aka Br|ce