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Plugins have become an indispensable tool for extending the functionality of various applications and platforms. As a result, existing systems can be enhanced without modifying their core code, making them flexible, scalable, and easy to maintain.

Understanding Minimal Dynamic Plugins

A minimal dynamic plugin provides additional functionality by dynamically loading lightweight modules into an application or system. Compact plugins deliver specific features or services without burdening the host application with unnecessary overhead.

Unlike traditional plugins, which may consist of large libraries or extensive codebases, minimal dynamic plugins adopt a lean and effective approach. They aim to accomplish their objectives using the least amount of resources possible, thereby reducing memory consumption, startup time, and potential conflicts with other components.

Benefits of Minimal Dynamic Plugins

Modularity: Using minimal dynamic plugins, developers can break down complex functionalities into smaller, manageable units. This modular approach simplifies development and enhances code reusability, as these plugins can be easily repurposed across different projects.

Performance: Due to their lightweight nature, minimal dynamic plugins have less impact on system resources. They are optimized to execute specific tasks efficiently, resulting in improved overall performance of the host application.

With the ability to dynamically load and unload plugins, systems can adapt to changing requirements as needed. It allows for easy expansion and customization, allowing developers to add or remove functionality without disrupting the whole system.

Maintenance and Updates: The modular structure of minimal dynamic plugins simplifies maintenance tasks. Individual plugins can be developed without the risk of affecting other parts of the application. Updates and bug fixes can also be applied to specific plugins, reducing the complexity and potential risks associated with making changes to the entire system.

UX Design Guidelines

This blog provides design guidelines and useful information on adding a minimal dynamic plugin to the OpenShift console.

The CronTab CRD is also used in official k8s docs for various examples.

The design work includes:

  • Navigation: The Workloads Nav section is extended to include the CronTab nav item.
  • CronTabs list page 
  • Details page per each CronTab
  • 3 Modals are opened based on the kebab menu actions include Edit labels, Edit annotations, and Delete CronTab.


CronTabs list page

Details page per each CronTab

The kebab menu actions open3 modals

Edit labels

Edit annotations

Delete CronTab

Edit CronTab

The Edit CronTab action is enabled via the YAML page. It redirects to the YAML edit page of the selected CronTab CR.


Minimal dynamic plugins offer a powerful approach to extending the functionality of applications while keeping resource usage to a minimum. Their modular nature, combined with efficient performance and scalability, makes them a valuable tool for developers. Developers can achieve greater flexibility, maintainability, and overall system performance by adopting a minimalistic and focused approach to plugin development.

As software systems continue to evolve, embracing the concept of minimal dynamic plugins can unlock new possibilities and pave the way for more efficient and adaptable applications.

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