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May 13, 2005, 05:30 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Many developers are attracted to the Eclipse platform because its core capability can be extended by additional features. Eclipse provides a well-defined mechanism for this extension ability. Every aspect of Eclipse is contained in a plug-in, and plug-ins can dynamically extend other plug-ins, as well as define extension points that allow other plug-ins to extend them. The plug-in itself defines the type of function that can be provided via these extensions, and not the basic Eclipse infrastructure. For example, the extension can be as simple as a new entry in a pop-up menu, or as comprehensive as a completely new type of project, or a series of editors and views..."

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