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Shared Library

A DLL is a computer program file consisting of a collection of resources or routines that are available to other programs, as opposed to a static library where the contents are copied into one program when it’s compiled. A program that wants to use these routines is linked with the DLL at the time it is actually started, or later. The term DLL relates mostly to Windows products. On the UNIX platform (including Mac OS X), the term “Shared Library” is more commonly used.

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