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The Eclipse Plug-in Model

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by , 02-11-2012 at 03:31 PM (1114 Views)
Plug-in is a component that supports a particular service or functionality in the Eclipse workbench. This component can be integrated into system at deployment time. Eclipse supports a wide variety of these plug-ins that can work together to support an environment for development. A plug-in in Eclipse is embodied in plug-in runtime class instance. This class provides some configuration functionality for the plug-in instance. A plug-in class must extend org.eclipse.core.runtime.Plugin which is an abstact class and it supports functions for managing plug-ins.

Each Eclipse installation contains a folder, where these plug-ins are deployed. Each plug-in is installed in its own separate folder. An XML manifest file is used to describe plug-in. This file is called “calledplugin.xml” and it resides in the plug-in folder. This file contains useful information for Eclipse to activate this plug-in.

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