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Subject: Re: Version 2.3
From: Björn Stenberg (bjorn_at_haxx.se)
Date: 2003-04-20


TP Diffenbach wrote:
> The Roadmap for Version 2.3 is "Plugin loader, opening the door for a
> bucketful of new applications"
>
> Does this mean dynamic loading, breaking the 200Kb barrier?

Yes. The idea is to move all "GUI exclusive" functions (things that takes over the screen and/or keyboard) into small code files, jokingly called "rocks", that are loaded and executed when requested.

Examples are: Games, demos, text viewer and future things like id3 editor, texte editor, search function etc. Possibly the recording feature could also be a plugin.

The plugins will have a size limitation, something like 20-32 kb, and only one plugin will be loaded at any one time.

The API will be in the form of a struct with function pointers that Rockbox sends to the plugin after loading. The plugin will then use this function pointer struct to call Rockbox internal functions, like this:

  rockbox.lcd_clearscreen();

-- 
Björn



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