What can a plugin do?
A JAXB RI plugin participates in the code generation from a schema. It can define its own customizations that users can use to control it, it can access the code that the JAXB RI generates, and it can generate additional classes/methods/fields/annotations/comments.
A plugin can also choose to take over the XJC's code generation process completely. Only one plugin can do this at any given time, but this allows a plugin to generate radically different code from a schema.
Interested in writing a plugin?
If you are thinking about writing a plugin, first join the users list and drop us a note so that we can help you.
- (blog) Writing a plug-in for the JAXB RI is really easy
- Technical introduction of a JAXB RI plugin. What it can do, how to write one, how can you use it.
- (blog) How to write a jaxb2 plugin?
- Process introduction of a JAXB RI plugin. How do you start it and host it on java.net?
- (mail thread) Setting up a productive development/debugging environment for plugins
- How do you run a plugin under a debugger?
- JAXB2 commons project
- Learn from the source code of the other plugins: (java.net)
- Plugins bundled in the JAXB RI
- More plugin source code for you to look at: (java.net)