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what is the difference between shared and static libraries

hi all,

can anybody explain me the difference between the shared and static
libraries.. both are going to be included before executoion..
but even static libraries are also shared among rprograms know then why
specifically two names are given.. i am not clear in this hting..

also if i am writing a fucntion for converting a long value to  a string
how to make is as a library... i heard that we can use
ar archive.. but we have to compile it before or what.. if compiling means
it should contain main().. then how can other program cna use that
can anybody explain me from scratch.. i am very much interested in having
my own libraries.. help me..


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