[MonoDevelop] ANNOUNCE: Mono.Addins 0.1
charlie at pooleconsulting.com
Tue Mar 27 12:27:16 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
> 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:
Great, you're just in time for me to use it!
FYI, NUnit 2.4 has a somewhat adhoc approach to addins that I planned to
replace with a complete add-in-based design in 3.0. I was going to look at
the SD/MD addin structure and work from that, but it makes more sense to
have a separate addin framework that will have wider use and contribution...
> 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).
This is especially good for me. I can see some people writing adhoc add-ins
that are right in their test assemblies, while others will want to create
truly separate add-ins.
> * 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
> add-ins, or installing add-ins from on-line repositories.
Is this MIT-licensed?
Is it intended to work on .Net as well as Mono?
> 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:
> You can download a tarball from:
> Latest from SVN at:
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