Getting Started

Plugin Oriented programming is implemented in Python via a project called pop. Getting started with pop is easy and the rest of this book will be using pop to illustrate aspects of Plugin Oriented Programming.

The pop project makes using Plugin Oriented Programming easy by providing the implementation, but also the tools that make getting started and maintaining projects easy.

Getting started is a cinch. Just install pop and make a project.

Install and Run

The pop project is available on pypi and can be easily installed via Python’s package manager, pip:

pip install pop

Once pop is installed, make a new directory and run pop-create to make a new project, in this case, called poppy:

mkdir poppy
pop-create -n poppy

This will generate all of the Python boiler plate code that you need to make a standard Python project, as well as the style enforcement code to make your project clean.

Once this has run you will see a directory called poppy that contains the, and, as well as another poppy directory.

As we go through how pop works the results of this command will become apparent.

The pop-create command also left a file called This allows you to easily run your pop project from the root of the source code tree. Give it a shot:


You should see the output poppy works!. This is being run from poppy/poppy/

Moving Forward

Getting started with pop is covered in the pop quickstart guide but it makes sense to cover the basics here. pop-create will be referenced in a number of places moving forward, as well as files like the This brief respite was provided here to ensure that there is a little context.