|Dynamic Plug-in Details|
This work is being done in conjunction with the Equinox project.
Plug-in Deactivation - (bug 36956) In Eclipse plug-ins are activated once referenced and they remain in that state for the duration of the user's Eclipse session. In an effort to reduce memory footprint (amung other reasons) we are investigating allowing plug-ins to become deactivated when they are not being used, and thus that amount of memory could be reclaimed for use by the system.
Incremental Registry Resolution - When a user installs new plug-ins in Eclipse, they are currently forced to restart their system in order for their changes to take effect. This is because currently the plug-in registry is parsed when the system starts up and from that point forward it remains static. We would like to change the plug-in registry resolution to be dynamic, that is to allow the user to add new plug-ins to the system and remove plug-ins from the system at any given point in time and have the system react and behave appropriately.
October 7, 2003 - New API for dynamically installing plug-ins is available. API changes: