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[Texmacs-dev] Re: Compiling TexMacs on OSX

From: Abdelrazak Younes
Subject: [Texmacs-dev] Re: Compiling TexMacs on OSX
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2008 01:20:54 +0200
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Henri Lesourd wrote:
Abdelrazak Younes wrote:

In the case of Qt plugins the only thing to take care of is that the plugin are develop with a version lower or equal than the one with which TeXmacs was compiled, that's all.

That's the job of the plugin implementor, not ours.

Well, please let me say that sorry but, even if TeXmacs is very good, I don't think you'll get a lot of external plugin implementors if any. For this to happen you'll have to gain a lot of market share (which I don't see happening in the foresable future). So, if someone really is interested in adding a feature to TeXmacs, I'll bet it's just easier to try to put in there directly.

So, if this is the only reason for the glue library, I don't see a very big added value.

The added value is that people can develop new widgets
independently, and load these widgets inside TeXmacs
*without the need of recompiling TeXmacs*.

You can do that with C++, I am 100% sure of this.

Thus the mechanism is 100% dynamic, and without a glue
library which exports only a C API, it would not be
possible to do things this way (otherwise, recompiling
TeXmacs from source would be required each time you
modify your plugins).

I still don't buy this argument, the C++ ABI has been stable for a number of years already and many C++ applications support old plugins without problem. Provided that you don't change the API the plugins should continue to run just fine if TeXmacs is upgraded.


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