Plug-In Data Sources as Add-ins

09-01-2016 09:06 AM
Status: Open
New Contributor III

Plug-in data sources (described here: ArcObjects 10 .NET SDK Help )  are a useful feature that allow ArcMap users to read data from custom file formats without importing them. However, the current development process of Plug-in data sources still involves a relatively complex deployment step that requires an installer project to be created. Installers create a barrier in some organizations if system administrators are the only ones allowed to run installers.

Add-ins allows developers to extend functionality of ArcGIS without the use of the registery (as far as I can tell) and without the need to create installer projects. I can implement interfaces like Buttons and Extensions, why not plug-in workspace factorys? Could Plug-in Data Sources be implemented as Add-Ins?

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Plug in data sources do not receive a lot of attention, but we find them very useful.  Updates/enhancements to plug-in datasource capabilities should be included in ESRI development.