[LAD] State of Plugin API's
pshirkey at boosthardware.com
Sun Nov 1 21:48:55 UTC 2009
On 11/02/2009 08:27 AM, David Robillard wrote:
> On Sun, 2009-11-01 at 21:36 +0100, hollunder at gmx.at wrote:
>> here are some observations I and probably many others made:
>> 1) hosts are slow at picking up extensions<for some reason>
> Takes time, effort.
>> 2) hosts mostly use just slv2<for some reason>
> Takes less time, less effort.
>> 3) plugin authors are reluctant to write extensions<for some reason>
> Takes time, effort.
>> 4) a number of plugin authors wrote their own hosts<for some reason>
> There weren't many at the time, had to be done (chicken& egg), having
> multiple implementations (not all slv2) was considered a good thing.
> You can't claim 2 and 4 both as bad things :P
>> So what is your variant?
> Time, effort. Clearly. :)
> The rest is just excuses, really. What is the point in sitting here and
> hypothesizing about what hypothetical problems might be deterring
> hypothetical unnamed developers? This kind of braindead dead-end
> mailing list babble is exactly why LV2 has to be extensible in this way
> - the people who are actually about to do anything useful don't get
> bogged down by all the noise.
Isn't that the only reason for being a member of this list?
I can see that the above details could be made more obvious to the
casual developer. I will work on incorporating the details into the new
I'm starting to get the impression that what is really missing is not
just documentation but a complete documentation system. The average
developer will be coming from a proprietary world where companies have
invested a lot of effort to make the documentation accessible and in
addition there are several external web projects offering to fill in the
gaps as it can be a good little revenue earner with advertising and
google ads, etc..
I don't have much experience with the specific plugin architectures and
the developer documentation that is provided but perhaps others can make
suggestions of the most useful documentation features they have found
while developing for alternate plugin systems?
However I have been working with borland, visual studio and xcode and
found several common documentation themes in those environments that we
are missing round here in general.
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