Why no more plugins?

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rbrown3
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Why no more plugins?

Post by rbrown3 » Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:41 am

Greetings:

I was hoping to use an old plugin with UMS and attempted to do so, only to find that it didn't work in v8.2.0.

After making inquiries in this forum, I have learned that since 7.x UMS no longer supports plugins.

I am curious as to why this support was removed. Is there some technical reason for removing it? Is there some other mechanism for extending UMS functionality?

Or was it just decided that the application simply "shouldn't" provide extensibility?

Could someone please explain why this was done?

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SubJunk
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Re: Why no more plugins?

Post by SubJunk » Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:37 am

Hi rbrown3,

All of the plugins had been abandoned and it didn't seem like anyone would fix them or make new ones in the future, and I think only 2 of them even worked anymore. We would bring them back if someone wanted to make a plugin.

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Re: Why no more plugins?

Post by rbrown3 » Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:17 pm

I am working on a project to update and improve the movieinfo plugin. In the process, I will be looking at ways to make it easier to develop plugins for UMS, and I will likely be developing other plugins as well.

I would like to have the ability to add plugins to UMS. To do that I will need a codebase (preferably an up- to- date one) that has plugins enabled (or, alternatively, some instruction on how to re- enable them).

Is this possible?

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Re: Why no more plugins?

Post by GeorgeFerrara12 » Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:35 am

I also do not understand why the plugin was removed. Without the plugins it would be a bit difficult to work here. I would request that the plugin be added again.

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atamariya
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Re: Why no more plugins?

Post by atamariya » Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:10 pm

rbrown3 wrote:
Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:17 pm
I am working on a project to update and improve the movieinfo plugin. In the process, I will be looking at ways to make it easier to develop plugins for UMS, and I will likely be developing other plugins as well.

I would like to have the ability to add plugins to UMS. To do that I will need a codebase (preferably an up- to- date one) that has plugins enabled (or, alternatively, some instruction on how to re- enable them).

Is this possible?
A lot has changed in UMS especially around DB tables and data structure. It would be much easier to re-develop the logic within UMS codebase than outside. This way it'll always be in sync. e.g. UMS code directly uses musicbrainz for music and coverartarchive for album art. Also, if you want to use TMDB code, you can find a reference implementation here https://github.com/atamariya/UniversalM ... r/tree/dev .

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