Plug-ins provide the core logic capability for the application, but they must be grouped into features in order to be installed using the Update Manager.
If you choose to use a Feature project, or an Update Site project within your workspace, you will need to provide the plug-ins within the workspace as well. These plug-ins can either be in source form - if you are responsible for developing the plug-ins - or they can be in binary form - if another person will be providing these artifacts to you. If another person is providing the artifacts, then you can import these artifacts as binary plug-ins so that you can use the Feature and Update Site project capabilities. Select File > Import > External Plug-ins and Fragments
to launch the Import Wizard
. Once plug-ins exist in projects within the workspace, you can use the Feature Manifest Editor to add plug-ins to the Feature, and the Site Manifest Editor to add features to the Update Site.
For more information on plug-ins, refer to the Getting Started > Basic Plug-in Tutorial
section of the PDE Guide
Parent topic: Understanding the types of install artifacts