ross at rossp.org
Mon Oct 10 04:03:56 CEST 2005
I believe this is a great idea. When we used to use squirrelmail I loved the way I could just pick up a new plugin and have it 'just work'.
I much prefer (for obvious reasons) using RoundCube now, but not being able to easily expand the core product is definately a shortcoming.
I'm unable to code this myself (mostly due to time constraints) but would be more than happy to assist with testing.
Great work on Round Cube so far guys - it's an excellent product.
On Sun, 9 Oct 2005 21:20:14 -0400, Praneet Kandula <pkmlist at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> Glad to see a nice community is evolving around Roundcube. I wanted to
> point out something to keep in mind before development got too far
> ahead. By nature, any good piece of software will try to find a
> middle-ground between feature-bloat, and bare-bones mode.
> Since most developers have decided that they cannot figure out exactly
> what will make all of their users satisfied, they develop a plugin
> architecture into their product, which enables third party developers
> to add features to the program. Almost all of the successful programs,
> whether desktop based (Firefox, thunderbird, etc.), or web based
> (wordpress, squirrelmail), etc. have done this.
> Roundcube allows for a certain degree of customization though
> skinning, which is great, but I believe as we move forward, we should
> expose a plugin API so that third party developers can develop great
> plugins. Squirrelmail has been quite successful in this regard:
> http://squirrelmail.org/plugins.php , fostering an active development
> community of plugin authors, who might eventually move into core
> development after they get comfortable with the code.
> So basically to summarize, I'll outline what I think the advantages
> that a plugin API gives us are:
> 1) Features that are controversial, such as a WYSIWYG editor, can be
> implemented without "bloating" the core code, yet fit into the program
> nicely for people that want them.
> 2) The core developers have some pressure off them because if someone
> really wants a feature, they can easily implement it as a plugin. If
> the plugin gains popularity, it can later be rolled into the main
> 3) Builds an active community around roundcube. Both squirrelmail and
> wordpress have been very successful at attracting third party
> developers because of how easy they make it to develop extensions.
> I'm sure there are many more advantages to a plugin api, but these are
> the main ones i could think of.
> Also, as far as implmentation goes, I believe wordpress has an
> excellent plugin API, simple to develop on, as well as simple to
> Take a read here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API
> Sorry for the super-long mail guys, but I thought this was an
> important issue to be addressed (IMHO) :-)
> Praneet Kandula
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