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re: What is the importance of understanding libraries and frameworks? VIEW POST


For me,

  • a library can be simplified to a function. Something in, something out.
  • a framework is more like your development SDK and IDE, that's where you build your app.

I don't agree - an IDE is completely different to either a library or a framework; it provides you with an environment in which you can write/debug/test your implementation of either.

A SDK might be a bit of both worlds here - "here's a collection of libraries for you to use while working on $project, and you should use our Framework/API to structure how you do it" - but it's not imnsho a framework per se.

I keep coming back to:

  • an API or Framework is a (more or less) abstract definition of exposed surfaces between components.
  • a Library is a concrete implementation of an API.
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