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[equinox-dev] Service or Export-Package

Hi All,


           This is more a generic OSGi question. I understand the difference between Require-Bundle and Import-Package. But what i`m not able to understand is when should I register my class as a service?, and when I should simply export the package, so that other packages can import and use them?


What is the advantage of registering as a service? I`ve gone through the OSGi best practices doc, by BJ Hargrave and Peter Kriens, and read about dynamism of using service. But let me say that i have some core bundles which I am going to always have loaded, then should I expose my classes as a service or use Export-Package alone.. Which is the better practice.?


Thanks,

Srijith.