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Getting Started with Eclipse Juno by Vinicius H. S. Durelli, Rafael Medeiros Teixeira, Rodrigo Fraxino Araujo

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Extension points

Extension points are the mechanism that Eclipse uses to allow the plugins to extend and modify other plugins' behavior. The main goal of the extension point concept is to provide a loosely-coupled architecture, exposing a few interfaces that can be implemented by other plugins. Both the extension points and its implementations are declared in the plugin.xml file.

The Eclipse platform provides a number of these extension points to allow plugins to contribute to various elements of the IDE. We will take a look at some of these extension points throughout this chapter, but a complete list of them can be found in the eclipse documentation, which can be found at http://help.eclipse.org/indigo/topic/org.eclipse.platform.doc.isv/reference/extension-points/index.html ...

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