[MonoDevelop] [Mono-list] ANNOUNCE: Mono.Addins 0.1

Antonello Provenzano antonello at deveel.com
Mon Mar 26 19:44:49 EDT 2007


I'm not directly interested in contributing to the project (I'm still
figuring me out how to implement LINQ support), but a friend of mine
(Matthijs) has been working on a similar project called NApf since
before MS published AddIn support in the 3.5.

You should think about it.


On 3/26/07, Lluis Sanchez <lluis at ximian.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> 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
> structures.
> 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:
> http://groups.google.com/group/mono-addins
> 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
>         add-ins.
>       * 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:
> http://www.mono-project.com/Introduction_to_Mono.Addins.
> 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:
> http://www.go-mono.com/sources/mono-addins/mono-addins-0.1.tar.gz
> Latest from SVN at:
> svn://svn.myrealbox.com/source/trunk/mono-addins
> Enjoy!
> Lluis.
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