EclipseCon 2007 March 5-8, Santa Clara California





Implementing and Deploying Extension Points for Existing Plug-ins with the Aspects Incubator

Matthew Webster (IBM)

· Demo

Thursday, 14:30, 50 minutes | Room 206

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Eclipse is a rich and highly extensible platform. However sometimes the extension point you really need doesn't exist or doesn't do quite what you need. As most plug-ins are open source you are free to make the changes yourself but deployment and maintenance can be tricky. This session will show you how the Aspects Equinox Incubator can be used to implement or modify extension points in existing bundles. The necessary changes are developed and deployed separately from the affected plug-in while extensions are implemented as normal.

Matthew Webster joined IBM in 1989 with a degree in Physics with Computer Science from Southampton University and since then has worked on a number of software projects at the Hursley lab. He moved to the IBM Java Technology Centre in 1997 initially as a technology evangelist then working on the restructure of the IBM JVM and leading the development of advanced Garbage Collection and Class Loading features. Matthew is a senior software engineer developing AOP technology for use in IBM software products since 2002 and is co-author of a book on AspectJ and Eclipse published last year. He is a committer on the AspectJ project and leads the Aspects Equinox Incubator.

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