One of the great innovations of FarCry Core 4.0 (the Gonzales release) was the introduction of plugins. The FarCry concept of Plugins can be just about anything from simple changes in UI controls to complete applications. At the tail end of an eSeminar, I gave a sneak peak to a couple of my favourite plugins. Well worth a look if you have 10 minutes to spare.
Quick demo of two cool plugins (about 10mins):
The first plugin, Picnik Integration, has been kicking around in the open source version repo since November last year, but essentially unannounced. I've been very bad hoarding it to myself as its such a cool feature. Picnik is an external web service for editing images. It has a simple little API that makes it quite straightforward to hook up your application. I love the FarCry implementation; the plugin is seamless, and attaches unobtrusively to the image upload UI control.
The second plugin is one of Daemon's commercial libraries (talk to us if you like what you see!). It's a very elegant solution for assigning metadata keywords from a fixed dictionary of terms. On the surface, its an assistive UI for adding, removing and discovering keywords. Under the hood it can be used for building folksonomies, with options for moderated and categorised keyword sets.
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