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 * Created Dec 19, 2008 
 * @author aphillips
package org.pentaho.platform.api.engine;
A plugin provider is responsible for serving up IPlatformPlugins to whoever is asking, typically IPluginManager. The plugin provider is not responsible for integrating the plugins into the platform. It's only role is to render plugin definitions, IPlatformPlugins. A plugin provider might load plugin definitions from an xml file, or a properties file. You might also create a plugin provider that creates plugins programmatically. It won't matter what mechanism you use to define your plugins so long as you implement IPluginProvider.

public interface IPluginProvider {

Returns a list of IPlatformPlugins defined by this plugin provider. These plugins have not been initialized or registered within the platform at this point.

session the current session
a list of platform plugins
PlatformPluginRegistrationException if there is a problem looking for plugins
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