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Hour 22. Movable Type Plug-Ins > Movable Type Plug-In Basics

Movable Type Plug-In Basics

Many software designers build their programs to accept plug-ins to extend the programs' capabilities. These plug-ins may be offered by the same company that created the program, to provide an optional feature that only some users may want to install, for example. In this respect, plug-ins allow the program to be tailored specifically to the needs of its users without wasting disk space and processor power on features that they don't want.

Plug-ins for a program may also come from a third party—perhaps another company or even just a single developer who had an idea for a feature that wasn't included in the original program. In fact, entire communities of developers can form around the task of creating plug-ins for a popular tool, adding value to the tool well beyond what its creator could generate alone.


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