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Currently each component needs to depend on the camel-core. So it sucks in a lot more than it really needs.
The idea is to define a minimal API that contains everything a typical component needs. This API should be as independent of the camel implementation as possible.
The main issue currently is the CamelContext. It references to everthing else and so makes it necessary to suck in all camel-core. So what we need to do is create a subset that I call RuntimeCamelContext. This should only contain the things needed at runtime. It should also only refrence to interfaces so we do not suck in implementations.
It may also be a good idea to define specialized interfaces for parts of the CamelContext. For example we could have an exchange Factory. Most endpoints need the CamelContext only to create exchanges so this may be everything they need.
So what should the API contain:
What should the API not contain: