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Future ideas

This page collects random ideas for the future development of ZNC. Everyone is welcome to add their ideas on the list. Please tag each idea with your username.

Disclaimer: Some of the ideas are not going to be taken seriously, some are shot down right away, and some might even cause fuss and anger. Yet, please put emotions aside and try to be constructive with your comments.

Project structure (jpnurmi)

Modularity and extensibility is admittely one of the key ingredients in ZNC's recipe for success. These days there is a ZNC module for pretty much any imaginable IRC task. Therefore modules deserve to be treated as first class citizens, with good care. ;)

Related to versioning and compatibility as discussed below; since ZNC offers no stable module API and only does major feature releases, modules have somewhat high tendency to break on every ZNC version upgrade. This in turn makes such stakeholders as Linux distributions and ZNC hosting providers resistant to upgrade to the latest version. A stable module API would not only help module developers, but also anyone hosting a ZNC service.

In order to achieve a stable module API, the ZNC core could be refactored so that the core types would be gradually moved to a separate library. It would be nice to make it a separate build unit to avoid undesired backwards dependencies to the ZNC application code.

  ___________         ___________
 /  ZNC app  \       /  ZNC lib  \        ___________
|             |     |             |      /           \
| - main()    | --> | - CModule   | <-- | ZNC modules |
| - CModules  |     | - CString   |      \___________/
| - ...       |     | - ...       |
 \___________/       \___________/

Notice that the library should be absolutely minimal. Most importantly, the public API should not contain anything ZNC application specific. That library would then eventually act as an interface for modules. This restructuring would greatly help maintaining a stable module API in the future, and thus make modules much less prone to break. ZNC would have full control over what modules have access to ie. modules would no longer be able to mess with ZNC internals that have no promise of API compatibility.

J-P Nurmi (talk) 13:50, 7 March 2014 (CET)