I have a project/desktop app that I believe qualifies for serious refactoring and possibly OSGi transition.
The idea is to have several modules and plugins that 3rd parties can write by themselves and load it with our app.
This is the most interesting feature of OSGi for us at the moment.
Although we find it really interesting to have a hot-deployable modules it's not essential for us.
So the question really is:
Is it worth to move to OSGi and have many issues with it on the start (learning, native loaders, dependency hell)
Or would it be better to find a simple Java Plugin Framework that could satisfy our needs?
As a side effect of moving towards OSGi we would get a modularized application (not initially I guess).
That's a big plus. But amount of work that it requires is terrifying.
I’ve looked at a lot of different solutions, and in my humble opinion Aspose is the way to go. Here’s the link: http://aspose.com