Creating Custom Plug-Ins

Applies to AQTime 8.81, last modified on January 18, 2022

One of AQTime’s most important benefits is its open COM-based architecture, which lies behind its entire functionality. In fact, everything that is visible in AQTime (panels, profilers, and so on) is implemented as plug-ins. For instance, all profilers are implemented in several dynamic link libraries. AQTime loads these DLLs when starting, so profiling looks like a built-in feature. All of these plug-ins are located in the <AQTime>\Bin\Extensions folder.

Of course, you can create your own plug-ins that fit your needs. Usually, these will encapsulate new functionality in one or several objects, and expose these objects for the application.

SmartBear provides an AQTime SDK that includes a number of samples that demonstrates how to create custom panels, profilers or how to collect profiling results as well as documentation for these samples. AQTime SDK is supplied with AQTime 8. On Windows Vista and later, AQTime SDK files are located in the <Users>\Public\Documents\AQTime 8 SDK folder. On other operating systems, the files reside in the <Documents and Settings>\All Users\Documents\AQTime 8 SDK folder. The documentation for the kit is located in the <AQTime>\Help\AQTime8SDK.chm file.

See Also

Extending AQTime
Installing Extensions

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