|Re: Agents and plugins semantic [message #76178 is a reply to message #76131]
||Tue, 04 July 2006 07:23
Originally posted by: RGuschin.computel.ru|
Randy D. Smith wrote:
> Rodion Guschin wrote:
>> Agent Controller has agents and has plugins. What are their difference
>> and purpose of such architecture?
> The "plugins" are really a misnomer. It's a hold-out from the RAC days
> where they perpetuated the NAME plugins from Eclipse for a slightly
> different idea. The AC from the start wanted to deal with "agents", and
> thus the agents directory has entries for all the agents it should know
> about, and each agent has an agent.xml file configuring it.
> When 4.2 was coming along and it became clear that we couldn't just
> "switch" from the RAC to the AC, but instead had to provide backward
> compatibility (BC) in the AC so as to run legacy agents, we had to keep
> this nomenclature.
> So, in general, agents that are new and wish to deal with the "new tech
> AC" and its API only should probably go the agent route. Existing agents
> will (hopefully) migrate from the plugins area to the agents directory.
> Sorry for the confusion... it confused all of us as well as we got into
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