Definition - What does Static Library mean?
A static library provides an effective mechanism for reusing code.
Techopedia explains Static Library
Most library concepts are derivatives of the static library, which evolved from a concept in which the same programming codes or routines are not reimplemented for different applications or components. Rather, a library with required routines is defined.
Key static library benefits are as follows:
- Ensures library version and compatibility with the developed application code, facilitating version maintenance.
- Enables the creation of single executable files. Only required library parts of an executable file must be linked, versus a dynamic library, which requires loading of the entire library. However, executable file size is higher when a static library is used.