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 platform for writing web and command line applications in PHP. It is free and open source software, distributed under the GNU General Public License version 2 or later.
The Framework comprises code originally developed for the Joomla Content Management System and is a continuation of the Platform project. The Joomla Framework and the Joomla CMS are separate projects with separate development teams. Unlike the Platform, the Framework is not primarily intended as a platform for the Joomla CMS, and the Joomla CMS is not currently built on the Framework. More information about the differences between the Platform and the Framework can be found in the March 2013 edition of the Joomla Community Magazine.
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