[MonoDevelop] ANNOUNCE: Mono.Addins 0.1

Lluis Sanchez lluis at ximian.com
Mon Mar 26 11:46:34 EDT 2007


I'm pleased to announce the release of Mono.Addins.

Mono.Addins is a generic framework for creating extensible applications,
and for creating libraries which extend those applications.

Mono.Addins has been designed to be easy to use and useful for a wide
range of applications: from simple applications with small extensibility
needs, to complex applications which need support for large add-in

This new framework intends to set an standard for building extensible
applications and add-ins in Mono. I've created a mailing list I
encourage you to subscribe if you have suggestions or questions about
the library:

The main features of Mono.Addins are:

      * Supports descriptions of add-ins using custom attributes (for
        simple and common extensions) or using an xml manifest (for more
        complex extensibility needs). 
      * Support for add-in hierarchies, where add-ins may depend on
        other add-ins. 
      * Lazy loading of add-ins. 
      * Provides an API for accessing to add-in descriptions, which will
        allow building development and documentation tools for handling
      * Dynamic activation / deactivation of add-ins at run time. 
      * Allows sharing add-in registries between applications, and
        defining arbitrary add-in locations. 
      * Allows implementing extensible libraries. 
      * In addition to the basic add-in engine, it provides a Setup
        library to be used by applications which want to offer basic
        add-in management features to users, such as enabling/disabling
        add-ins, or installing add-ins from on-line repositories.

If you are interested in knowing more about Mono.Addins, this document
explains the library basics and some examples:

If you are *really* interested and want to know in detail everything
about Mono.Addins, see: http://www.mono-project.com/Mono.Addins.

You can download a tarball from:

Latest from SVN at:


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