Spoon plugins provide developers the ability to add new or modify existing functionality of the Spoon UI. A Spoon plugin can modify any area that's been written in Pentaho XUL Xul Developer's Guide (http://wiki.pentaho.com/display/ServerDoc2x/The+Pentaho+XUL+Framework+Developer's+Guide). They can also provide whole new areas of funtionality to Spoon through the concept of a Spoon Perspective, which is not limited to XUL.
Attached to this wiki is a zip file containing an example Spoon Plugin, some of which you'll see below. In addition to a simple Hello World example, it also contains a more complex document-based Spoon Perspective.
Below is a current list of areas written in XUL that can be modified:
- Menu system
- Agile BI
- Database Explorer Dialog
Plugins can also provide whole new areas of funtionality to Spoon through the concept of a Spoon Perspective.
Common Use Cases
The most common use case is to add new functionality to Spoon. However, user interface elements can be hidden, rearranged or have their behaviors changed by Spoon Plugins.