[omaha] Plugin Framework/Architecture

Jeff Hinrichs - DM&T jeffh at dundeemt.com
Wed Jan 23 06:00:51 CET 2008

On 1/22/08, Jeff Rush <jeff at taupro.com> wrote:
> Jeff Hinrichs - DM&T wrote:
> > There is an interesting write up on plugin architecture -- "g :: A
> > Simple Plugin Framework",
> > http://gulopine.gamemusic.org/2008/jan/10/simple-plugin-framework/
> Thanks for the reading material!
> > A project that I'm working on is going to require a plugin framework
> > for a number of things: Logic, Data Storage, Reporting and I've been
> > keeping my eyes open for papers/articles on plugin frameworks.  Do you
> > know of any resources/articles?
> Two options you should consider:
> 1) The Twisted framework has a very nice plugin-architecture you
>    can use, whether you use the rest of Twisted or not.  Google
>    for "twisted IPlugin".
>    For an example, you can take a peek at the Dallas-Ft. Worth
>    Pythoneers' subversion repository - we played with it a bit,
>    in relation to providing plugins to the D-BUS architecture.
>    https://www.dfwpython.org/repo/Projects/DBUS/
> 2) Python eggs, using the Setuptools software, have a concept of
>    entrypoints, which are named and categorized.  They are an
>    upcoming standard way of doing plugins for Python.  There is
>    a standard API for querying for entrypoints.
>    You can read all about it at:
> http://peak.telecommunity.com/DevCenter/setuptools#extensible-applications-and-frameworks
>    It is also the method used by zc.buildout, a great
>    tool for managing development/deployment for repeatability.

Hmmm.. now I've got some reading to do.  Thanks!

> And then the third way, of leveraging the interfaces database of the Zope
> component system, as described in the article you provided.

Are you going to be speaking about zc.buildout quite a bit at the
Tutorial?  If so, I might need to update my registration<g>

Look forward to seeing you @ PyCon.


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