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Subject: Re: [boost] Checking interest in DynamicLoad/DLL/DSO/Plugin library
From: Rob Stewart (robertstewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2014-08-17 09:12:15

On August 17, 2014 8:05:32 AM EDT, Bjorn Reese <breese_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>On 08/15/2014 11:34 PM, Rob Stewart wrote:
>> What that term implies is based upon one's experience. "Plugin", to
>me is any dynamically loaded component. The ABI you mention depends
>entirely upon the ubiquity of the plugin. If it must be usable by many
>applications and customers, it must have a documented, even
>standardized, API. Just as easily, however, one can create plugins
>based solely upon dlopen() (or LoadLibrary()) and friends of the
>plugins are used only for one application.
>My interpretation of a "plugin" is a bit different. Normally a
>decides its own interface and the application has to adjust to it. In
>the opposite case, when an application dictates the interface and the
>component has to adjust, then it is called a plugin. Dynamically
>loading is orthogonal to this.

I was a little loose in my description. I didn't mean to suggest that just calling dlopen() means you have a plugin. Your plugin description is reasonable.


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