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Dynamic Plugin Development Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019274D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Sep-09
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Sep-09

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a Dynamic Plug-in Development environment. In this environment, anIDE has the capability to dynamically load plug-ins on the fly (in addition to statically loading them on IDE initialization). In this fashion, the IDE functionality is not fixed at startup. Instead, functionality can be incrementally added, or removed, by either dynamically loading new plug-ins, or removing plug-ins that have already been dynamically loaded. This becomes an ideal environment for plug-in development because a plug-in that is being developed in the workspace of a given IDE, can also be dynamically loaded in the same IDE instance. Hence, only one instance of the IDE is needed for both development and testing