Extensible 0.3.0

Install-Package Extensible -Version 0.3.0
dotnet add package Extensible --version 0.3.0
<PackageReference Include="Extensible" Version="0.3.0" />
For projects that support PackageReference, copy this XML node into the project file to reference the package.
paket add Extensible --version 0.3.0
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#r "nuget: Extensible, 0.3.0"
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// Install Extensible as a Cake Addin
#addin nuget:?package=Extensible&version=0.3.0

// Install Extensible as a Cake Tool
#tool nuget:?package=Extensible&version=0.3.0
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This package is heavily inpired by the extensibility patterns outlined in Miguel Castro's excellent Pluralsight Course AND the Extensibility work done on csharpfritz' CoreWiki project and aims to slightly reduce the boilerplate code required project to project... yes, i'm incredibly lazy!

Extensible is compatible with .NET Framework versions 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 while currently there is only support for .NET Standard 2.0 (Happilly accept help to get 1.0 running)


PM> Install-Package Extensible

Example usage

With simple Events class

public class ExampleEvents
    public Action<OnMessageReceivedEventArgs> OnMessageReceived { get; set; }

public class OnMessageReceivedEventArgs : CancelEventArgs
    public string Message { get; set; }

    public OnMessageReceivedEventArgs(string message)
        Message = message;

And a simple Host class where we extend the ModuleHost<T> base class

public class ExampleEventsHost : ModuleHost<ExampleEvents>
    public ExampleEventsHost(string path, ExampleEvents events) : base(new DirectoryLoader<ExampleEvents>(path), events)

    public void InvokeOnMessageReceived(OnMessageReceivedEventArgs args)
            if(Events.OnMessageReceived != null)
                InvokeCancelableModuleEvent(Events.OnMessageReceived, args);
        catch (Exception ex)
            Console.WriteLine($"InvokeOnMessageReceived({args.Message}) threw an exception with message: {ex.Message}");

We can easily create an instance of this Host an Invoke events. Any modules loaded by the DirectoryLoader will be invoked.

var path = Path.Combine(Directory.GetParent(Directory.GetCurrentDirectory()).Parent.Parent.Parent.FullName, "Modules");
var events = new ExampleEvents();
var host = new ExampleEventsHost(path, events);

var onReceivedEventArgs = new OnMessageReceivedEventArgs("Some text...");


Loaders allow Extensible to discover 'Modules' that can hook into extensibility events.


The Director loader will scan a directory for Modules implementing the IModule<T> interface. This can be used to create a plugin style architecture where the types to be loader are not known ahead of time.


The Reference loader will scan the current assemly and any referenced assemblies for Modules implmenting the IModule<T> interface.


The Type loader will load and initialize an array of specific types that implement the IModule<T> interface. I use this to specify modules in config to use with DI.


Here is a very basic example of a Module

public class ArchiveModule : IModule<ExampleEvents>
    public void Initialize(ExampleEvents events)
        events.OnMessageCreated += (e) => Console.WriteLine($" => [ArchiveModule] Message created: Id={e.Message.Id}, MessageText={e.Message.MessageText}");

A full working example can be seen in the examples directory.


Happy to accept ideas, suggestions and pull requests 😃

  • .NETFramework 3.5

    • No dependencies.
  • .NETFramework 4.0

    • No dependencies.
  • .NETFramework 4.5

    • No dependencies.
  • .NETStandard 2.0

    • No dependencies.

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0.3.0 365 6/24/2019