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Pluggable Components

Pradeep Kadambar
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Joined: Oct 18, 2004
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Hi I am thinking about converting my existing code into pluggable component model. So whenever the user installs a new addon component the program should detect it and use it in the code.

Eclipse does this. Please suggest how can I approach this.
Chetan Parekh
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Please give more discription about your product and technologies.


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Ilja Preuss
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Google for Dependency Injection.


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Stan James
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I'll add Dependency *Inversion* to Ilja's suggestion. HERE is something I did for my team because it is important to "plug in" new products and user groups for our system without changing the core. See if you spot Dependency *Injection* in the testing section. I didn't call it out by name because I hadn't heard of it yet when I made this.

If this kind of research & conversation grabs your interest, scroll on down to the OO, UML, etc. forum. We love this stuff down there.
[ June 07, 2005: Message edited by: Stan James ]

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