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Just had a confusion with some of the concepts in Magento 2. What is static file materialization means in Magento 2 and wanted to know its different with static views ?

It will be great if someone can explain both concepts and the difference as I didn't find enough resources to explain what exactly "static file materialization" means.

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Static file materialization is the action of writing static view files to the Magento file system.

Static means cached, understand the file is not dynamically generated.

View means the view/presentation layer from MVC.

You can find the static view files under /pub/static folder and some of them are cached under the /var/view_preprocessed folder.

You can get more details in the official documentation: http://devdocs.magento.com/guides/v2.0/config-guide/cli/config-cli-subcommands-static-view.html

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