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MagicBeans: a platform for deploying plugin components

Robert Chatley, Susan Eisenbach, Jeff Magee

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2nd international working conference on component deployment, e-Science Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2004

Plugins are optional components which can be used to enable the dynamic construction of flexible and complex systems, passing as much of the configuration management effort as possible to the system rather than the user, allowing graceful upgrading of systems over time without stopping and restarting. Using plugins as a mechanism for evolving applications is appealing, but current implementations have limited functionality. In this paper we present a framework that supports the construction and evolution of applications with a plugin architecture.

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