beaTunes has a fairly modular architecture. Most of it is actually implemented as a plugin. This makes it relatively easy to add custom components.
Starting with beaTunes 3 you have two options to write a plugin:
- A Java plugin
- A script beaTlet in Groovy, Jython or JRuby
In either case, you will need access to the beaTunes Java documentation. It's highly recommended you download and install it on your local system.
Java plugins let you write complicated logic, typically consisting of more than just a simple class. You can also bundle JARs, declare a plugin descriptor along with icons etc. Additionally, Java plugins can be distributed through the central plugin repository, if approved by tagtraum industries.
In other words: If you want to start a bigger project, Java is the route to go.
To learn about Java plugins, check out Getting Started with Plugins.
beaTlets have been introduced in beaTunes 3. They are Java plugin's little brothers. Whatever you can script together in a simple class, is a good candidate for a beaTlet.
To learn about beaTlets, check out Getting Started with beaTlets.