[RCD] Core Plugins

Balazs Horvath balazs.horvath at weboor.net
Wed Mar 4 12:23:51 CET 2009


Great idea!

Ziba Scott, 09.03.03 23:39:
> Hi Roundcube Plugin API Devs,
>
> I wanted to float a concept out there for feedback: Core plugins. 
> Hopefully I haven't missed a discussion about it elsewhere.
>
> A core plugin would be a plugin which is required for roundcube to
> function or must at least be replaced by a non-core plugin which serves
> the same function.  This is something Drupal has implemented with (in my
> opinion) great success.
>
> I believe there would be several benefits to implementing some core,
> required elements of roundcube using the plugin api:
>
> * The plugin api is assured to become potent and robust as it's heavily
> depended on
> * There almost no learning gap between developing/maintaining a plugin
> and a core feature.
> * This would eliminate the need for code which reads:
>     "check for a plugin to do this, otherwise do it the regular way"
> * The non-plugin code base becomes smaller and more focused
>
> I'm not proposing there be a concerted effort to re-factor everything as
> plugins but making some core plugins could open doors.
>
> In a test branch we plugin-ized a few core things and liked what we saw:
>
> IMAP Caching: 
> We replaced all the imap caching calls with plugin hook calls.  Then it
> was easy to implement memcache caching instead of sql caching.
>
> Temporary File Handling:
> We replaced all the read/write attachments to disk calls with plugin
> calls and wrote two plugins: Filesystem, to handle attachments just as
> before and Database to handle attachments in a multi-server friendly
> way.  Memcache would be another option.
>
> Contacts:
> We added a few hooks, re-factored rcube_contacts.php  and rcube_ldap.php
> into plugins, and then made a horde contacts plugin.
>
>
> What do you all think?
>
> Thanks,
> Ziba
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