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what is the difference between implements Gdn_IPlugin and Gdn_Plugin

peregrineperegrine MVP
edited May 2012 in Vanilla 2.0 - 2.8

and when would you use one over the other?

I may not provide the completed solution you might desire, but I do try to provide honest suggestions to help you solve your issue.

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    ToddTodd Chief Product Officer Vanilla Staff
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    Short answer

    You want to extend Gdn_Plugin 99% of the time.

    Longer answer

    This is a classical design pattern for interfaces. Basically, implements Gdn_IPlugin is the the interface you have to implement if you want to make a plugin. It has a few methods and properties that plugins need.

    You can implement that interface and make the methods yourself or you can extend Gdn_Plugin which has some default implementations.

    Usually, you extend Gdn_Plugin if you aren't already extending another class and you implement Gdn_IPlugin if you are extending another class, but you still want a plugin.

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    ToddTodd Chief Product Officer Vanilla Staff
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    Short answer

    You want to extend Gdn_Plugin 99% of the time.

    Longer answer

    This is a classical design pattern for interfaces. Basically, implements Gdn_IPlugin is the the interface you have to implement if you want to make a plugin. It has a few methods and properties that plugins need.

    You can implement that interface and make the methods yourself or you can extend Gdn_Plugin which has some default implementations.

    Usually, you extend Gdn_Plugin if you aren't already extending another class and you implement Gdn_IPlugin if you are extending another class, but you still want a plugin.

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    Thanks ...

    I may not provide the completed solution you might desire, but I do try to provide honest suggestions to help you solve your issue.

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