What Are Sparkplugs?

Sparkplugs dynamically extend the features of the Spark instant messaging client. Use Sparkplugs to customize Spark for your business or organization or to add an innovative twist to instant messaging. The extensive plugin API allows for complete client flexibility but is still simple and (we hope!) fun to use.

Before compiling the Plugin

In order to compile the ExamplePlugin you will need to checkout the Spark-Trunk and compile Spark.
  1. checkout spark (svn checkout [DIRECTORY])
  2. compile spark (ant -f [DIRECTORY]/trunk/build/build.xml release)

How to build a SparkPlug

You will find an example plugin located in the trunk of the Spark-Repository.
> [DIRECTORY]/build/builder/

It already has the basic steps implemented to get the Plugin loaded and have an own menu entry within the Spark Preferences
to compile it open a terminal (or your JAVA IDE) and execute the build.xml with target <jar>

Windows Command Line
Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
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C:\>cd [DIRECTORY]/build/builder/build
C:[DIRECTORY]/build/builder/build>ant jar

Buildfile: [DIRECTORY]\build\builder\build\build.xml
   [delete] Deleting: [DIRECTORY]\build\builder\target\lib\plugin-classes.jar
   [delete] Deleting directory [DIRECTORY]\build\builder\build\classes
   [delete] Deleting directory [DIRECTORY]\build\builder\target
     [echo] [DIRECTORY]\build\builder/./../../target/build/lib
    [mkdir] Created dir: [DIRECTORY]\build\builder\build\classes
    [javac] Compiling 2 source files to [DIRECTORY]\build\builder\build\classes
    [mkdir] Created dir: [DIRECTORY]\build\builder\target
    [mkdir] Created dir: [DIRECTORY]\build\builder\target\lib
     [copy] Copying 1 file to [DIRECTORY]\build\builder\target
      [jar] Building jar: [DIRECTORY]\build\builder\target\lib\plugin-classes.jar
      [zip] Building zip: [DIRECTORY]\build\builder\myplugin.jar
Total time: 702 milliseconds

[Directory] refers to the Path on your hard drive where your spark-trunk directory is located
e.g.: C:/spark/