[Owncloud] Re: plugins vs. apps

Frank Karlitschek karlitschek at kde.org
Fri Apr 22 17:58:36 UTC 2011

On 22.04.2011, at 16:00, kunal ghosh wrote:

> In short apps add a new aspect to owncloud and plugins add small new features
> to existing aspects.
> What does this mean? An address book would be a new app. The ownCloud core
> only handles files and an address book would be a new aspect. Same with a
> gallery. In the core of ownCloud you can easily upload your photos, but we do
> not have the ambition to create pretty albums you can share with your family
> and friends. An "gallery" app however could do this, using the existing files.
> A plugin could add a function to the addressbook, like asking the contact to
> fill out its vcard. A plugin for the gallery could add aditional transitions or
> a possibility to add background music to the slideshow or whatever.
> Both apps and plugins integrate nicely into ownCloud, using the existing
> possibilities and the typical ownCloud layout.
> I hope you get the point.
> Cheers,
> Hi Jacob, Nice explanation :)  i understand the difference now.
> But just to reiterate, if an author is writing a plugin which adds in a lot of features that ownCloud base
> doesn't provide (or inherently doesn't provide) then the plugin should be designed to be an app.
> Is that correct ?

Just to be clear.
I still think that it is useful to have Apps and Plugins. But I think the backend admin interface for installation and deinstallation should be merged


Frank Karlitschek
karlitschek at kde.org

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