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Subject: Re: [boost] Any interest in static plugins?
From: Christian Schladetsch (christian.schladetsch_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-11-27 05:55:26

Hi Dave,

You may get more response if you posted or linked to some motivational


On Fri, Nov 27, 2009 at 11:45 AM, Dave van Soest <dsoest_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I created a template-based header-only library for creating static plugin
> systems. I'm wondering whether there would be any interest to include such
> a library in Boost.
> About static plugins:
> Static plugins are not as common as dynamic plugins, but they have some
> useful applications. Static plugins are a way to extend the functionality
> of a program or library without having to change the existing source
> files, just by adding a source file or object file, which is then linked
> statically against the already existing object files. Some reasons you
> might be doing this:
> - You don't have permission to change the existing source files.
> - You don't have the source files, only the object and header files. - You
> don't want to have to change existing sources every time you extend
> functionality.
> - Simply including or excluding the object file from the linking process
> adds or removes functionality from the program or library, leaving no
> traces inside.
> - Different configurations can be build easily this way.
> - Testing only the required functionality without having to build the
> full application.
> - And some other advantages it shares with dynamic plugins.
> If there appears to be any interest I will post more information and some
> code and code examples.
> Best regards,
> Dave van Soest
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