A software framework is a reusable design for a software system (or subsystem). This is expressed as a set of abstract classes and the way their instances collaborate for a specific type of software. Software frameworks can be object-oriented designs. Although designs don't have to be implemented in an object-oriented language, they usually are. A software framework may include support programs, code libraries, a scripting language, or other software to help develop and glue together the different components of a software project. Various parts of the framework may be exposed through an application programming interface (API).
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|The Joomla! Framework is a Three Tiered System|
Packages and Classes
The classes in the Joomla! Framework are loosely grouped into several different packages, listed below. The links will take you to further information about each class including, where possible, examples of use. You can also browse the Joomla Framework and included libraries on api.joomla.org which is automatically generated by the phpDocumentor package from an analysis of the Joomla! source code, making use of specially formatted comments embedded in the source code itself. These two resources, one manually maintained, the other automatic, are intended to complement one another.
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|The Joomla! Framework was an important part of the Joomla! CMS architecture in the versions 1.5 and 1.6. It was based on modern object-oriented design patterns that make the Joomla core highly maintainable and easily extendable. Between April and July 2011, the Framework was rebranded as the Joomla! Platform and is now being developed separately from the Joomla! CMS. The first version of the CMS to ship with the Platform was version 1.7.
Third party developers benefit from the rich, and easily accessible functionality that the Joomla Framework provides.
The following Framework classes are present in version 1.5. For other versions see Framework