New versions of the Java Plugin Framework
are now available for download. Version 1.0.2 is for Java 2 runtimes, while version 1.5.1 is for Java 5.
JPF is an open source, LGPL licensed library that is intended to provide standard plug-in infrastructure to existing or new Java projects. It helps greatly improve modularity and extensibility of Java systems and decrease their support and maintenance cost.
The Framework implements the runtime engine that dynamically discovers and runs plug-ins. A plug-in is a structured component that describes itself to the Framework using a manifest file. The Framework maintains a registry of available plug-ins and the function they provide (via extension points and extensions). To simplify deployment and distribution, plug-in may be packaged as "single ZIP file" that will be unpacked transparently in runtime when needed.
The JPF package includes core runtime library, application boot utility and set of Ant tasks to automate common development routines (plug-ins versioning, packaging, documenting, integrity checks etc.)
The major changes since previous release are:
+ Maven POM files are now part of the JPF distribution package.
+ Changed plug-in DTD to allow arrange of and tags in mixed order.
+ Added jpf-sort Ant task to JPF-Tools. It helps to sort plug-ins in correct order to automate build process using tasks like .
+ Added German translation of resources.
+ Significant improvements in classloader performance.
+ JPF version number is now available as system property.
Visit project home page at http://jpf.sourceforge.net
for further details, documentation and tutorial.