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[epf-dev] EPF Installation and User Manual

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Please find included a document with an EPF Installation, Tutorial and Manual, which I have written.  The starting point was the help files and for the rest I relied on trying out the product.  I am a novice user of the application and thought it was the most appropriate moment documenting it.  Since there is a risk that some statements may not be correct, I would be most grateful for input.  Gerhard has already helped with the installation part.
 
One point bothered me in the EPF Composer.  I would have found it more natural to have the Plug-ins split into two different types: Method Plug-ins and a Process Plug-ins.  It does not seem natural, once the subject area has been neatly decomposed into an hierarchical model, with sub-areas having their own plug-ins and content packages, to have to have processes in one of these plug-ins access the method content in the other plug-ins.  The need for the processes to use the services of an outside service, i.e. a default configuration, to be able to access the content in the other plug-ins, makes it even more convoluted.  It would be more logical to separate out the processes code from the method content plug-in into a process plug-in type and move/copy the code from the configurationâs "Plug-in and Package" selection over to this new plug-in type so that the process by its very nature can access other method content plug-ins/packages.  The Configuration would then no longer have the hybrid functions of both providing access assistance to processes and configuration for publishing.  It would seem to be a cleaner separation: the method content plug-in provides static method content, the process plug-in provides processes and configuration provides configurations for publishing.
 
It seems that the authors of EPF Practices have made the same observation, since they have created a method plug-in with the name of "Process", accessing content packages in the "Practice" method content plug-in.
 
Regards,
 
Bjorn

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