[forge-dev] [JBoss JIRA] Created: (SEAMFORGE-85) Forge should support dynamic loading of plugin library dependencies

Lincoln Baxter III (JIRA) jira-events at lists.jboss.org
Tue Mar 22 17:59:57 EDT 2011

Forge should support dynamic loading of plugin library dependencies

                 Key: SEAMFORGE-85
                 URL: https://issues.jboss.org/browse/SEAMFORGE-85
             Project: Seam Forge
          Issue Type: Feature Request
          Components: Plugin API
    Affects Versions: 1.0.0.Alpha2
            Reporter: Lincoln Baxter III

Right now, Forge extensions must use the maven shade-plugin to package referenced dependencies of plugins. It would greatly enhance developer experience if referenced plugins or libraries could be dynamically loaded from the local maven repository, even if built with Git.

A META-INF/dependencies file could be used to list runtime dependencies of the plugin. Or the POM files of each plugin (META-INF/pom...) could be scanned and parsed to determine required libs.

A third option, programmatic declaration of runtime dependencies might also be an option if it can be worked into Java from Groovy: http://groovy.codehaus.org/Grape

Benefits of these approaches are:
* Reduced size deliverable ZIPfile
* ...

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