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Contributing to Eclipse: Principles, Patterns, and Plug-Ins by Kent Beck, Erich Gamma

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Chapter 29. Publishing a Plug-In for Other Programmers

We've talked a lot about how to communicate your intent to your computer through the wonders of Eclipse. Now it's time to talk about how you communicate with your fellow programmers. At this point we haven't made it explicit which classes of our plug-in we consider published and which ones we consider internal. Similarly, we haven't published our extension point. In this chapter we will look into publishing our plug-in and we'll see how to

  • Publish the plug-in API

  • Publish an extension point

Defining the API

Before diving into the details, let's first decide about what the API to our contributed JUnit plug-in should include:

  • Clients contributing a test run listener extension need to have access to ...

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