Discovering the plugin types

Ansible's code has always been designed to be modular—indeed, this is one of its core strengths. Whether that is through the use of modules to perform tasks or through plugins (as we will see shortly), Ansible's modular design allows it to be as versatile and powerful as it has demonstrated itself to be so far in this book. As with modules, Ansible plugins are all written in Python and are expected to ingest and return data in a certain well-defined format (more on this later). Ansible's plugins are often invisible in their function in that you rarely call them by name in your commands or playbooks, yet they are responsible for some of the most important features Ansible has to offer, including SSH connectivity, ...

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