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developerWorks: Leave Eclipse Plug-In Headaches Behind with OSGi

Apr 19, 2006, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Balfe, Chuck Imperato)

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"This article shows an example of one plug-in taking in XML to register extensions for a defined extension point. We accomplish this complete decoupling of components by having the plug-ins Extension Registry aware and providing an OSGi service.

"As you know, Eclipse's component architecture is plug-in-based--meaning that a bunch of code is componentized into a single component, then registered with the Eclipse framework as one of its components others can then bind to or call into. Extension points are ways for plug-ins to allow for others to contribute additional functionality to the plug-in exposing the extension point. Now take all of that and wrap it up into a controlled runtime where plug-ins can come and go dynamically, and you get OSGi (basically)..."

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