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Chapter 28. Customizing and Extending Dr... > How Dreamweaver is Configured

How Dreamweaver is Configured

Dreamweaver is unlike other commercial software. Most programs are created in a programming language like C++ and then are compiled into executable programs, meaning that you cannot delve into their structure to see how they were built or to adjust their functionality. It’s become increasingly popular, over the last several years, for programs to offer plugin architecture, which allows third-party developers to create independent program modules—called plugins, or Xtras, or Xtensions, or even filters, depending on the software involved. But these modules generally must also be constructed as compiled programs built in C++ or comparable languages.

See Chapter 29, “Creating Your Own Extensions,” for a discussion of how to create your own extensions.



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