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=PlugMan: A simple but powerful Ruby plugin framework. Author: Aaron P (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) Copyright: Copyright (c)2008 Aaron P License: Distributed under the same terms as Ruby. PlugMan is a simple and effective plugin framework for building dynamic and extensible Ruby applications. If you need plugins/addons/extensions in your application, PlugMan is for you. PlugMan also includes demos to make learning PlugMan very easy. == Requirements Ruby! That's all. All the files that comprise PlugMan are in the ./src dir (yes, just those two .rb files.) In ./src/demos are a couple of demo programmes to show PlugMan in action. They aren't necessary for PlugMan actual (so you can safely delete them if you don't need a leg-up!) To run them, from the ./src dir, execute 'ruby ./demos/GtkDemo.rb' or 'ruby ./demos/Texter.rb' Alternatively, the rake targets "gtk_demo" and "text_demo" can be used. The GtkDemo makes use of a few *nix type utilities such as df and fortune. It also requires the libgtk2-ruby libraries to be available. The Texter demo is a console application that does not have any external dependencies; it still demonstrates the plugin dependency and extension point processing of PlugMan. == TODO: - Gem - More tests - More doco - File headers - Namespace - Hardening for real-world use cases (it works find for my needs, perhaps other developers will use it differently, causing breakages.) Future? Handling cyclic plugin dependencies. Perhaps a plugin query language to make finding plugins more powerful. == Version History 0.0.1, 29-Feb-2008 - First release, a functional and easy to use plugin architecture that supports plugin dependencies and extension points. 0.0.2, 04-Mar-2008 - Removed PluginMeta.rb and incorporated it into Plugin.rb. Fixed some doco. Added a Rakefile.