System Administration

Plugins Overview

The Stewardship Tier provides various ways of extending its capabilities with custom business logic. This section describes how to develop plugins written using Microsoft’s .NET framework and how to configure Stewardship Tier to use them. The plugin extension model is used to provide capabilities that may be difficult or impossible to express using a stored procedure, for example, to send a file over FTP or to read encrypted column data.

This section outlines the steps to create a plugin using C# and Visual Basic .Net. A basic level of development skills is assumed.

This section contains the following subtopics:

NOTE: Plugin development can be disruptive because it often requires restarting IIS. If the Stewardship Tier development instance is heavily used, it is recommended to create a new Stewardship Tier instance specifically for plugin development.


One key aspect of working with the plugin application program interface (API) is the proper use and understanding of development terminology:

  • Plugin – C# or Visual Basic .Net code that is executed via a Stewardship Tier event. Stewardship Tier plugins must be created using Microsoft’s .NET Framework.
  • Plugin Assembly – The deployment container of one or many plugins. In the case of the Stewardship Tier plugins, a plugin assembly is a DLL created using a Microsoft .Net compiler (commonly Visual Studio). It is the plugin assembly that is registered in Stewardship Tier.

Getting Started

Every plugin requires the following prerequisites:

  • A reference to the CranBerry.Framework DLL
  • A public class that inherits the CranBerry.Framework.Plugins class
  • A method called OnExecute that overrides the OnExecute method of the CranBerry.Framework.Plugin class
  • PluginInstaller attributes