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    Posted on July 20th, 2005 Alan No comments

    The Cocoa environment
    provides an advanced, object-oriented API for Mac OS X that makes it
    easy to create complex applications using very little code. The secret
    is in the power of the Cocoa frameworks themselves: they provide
    enormous amounts of useful functionality out of the box so that
    developers can focus on writing the code that’s specific to the domain
    of their application.


    The Carbon environment
    provides fine-grained procedural APIs in C and C++ that are intended
    for developers who are migrating applications from classic Mac OS to
    Mac OS X. Carbon applications can run on Mac OS 9 as well as Mac OS X,
    making Carbon a logical choice for those developers whose applications
    need to run on both systems.

    Cross Platform
    For cross-platform desktop application development, Apple supports two environments:

    principle cross-platform API on Mac OS X is Java 2, Standard Edition.
    Mac OS X version 10.4 "Tiger" provides both Java 1.3 and Java 1.4.2
    integrated into the system. (Java 1.5 is also available as a developer
    download; see the ADC Java
    page for more information.) In addition, Apple provides the full JDK
    for both Java 1.3 and 1.4.2, as well as implementations of Java 3D and
    Java Advanced Imaging for JDK 1.4. Most existing Java applications run
    well on Mac OS X without any modification, but some developers like to
    take advantage of the unique integration that Apple provides with Java
    in Mac OS X to make the user experience close to that of a native Mac
    OS X application.

    If you need for your application to run
    on Linux or a UNIX platform other than Mac OS X, you may wish to take
    advantage of Apple’s highly-optimized X11 implementation. Apple
    provides a full X11 SDK as an optional install with the Xcode Tools.

    Apple even provides the advanced Xcode Tools software development
    environment free of charge with every copy of Mac OS X so that you can
    start building great applications as soon as you get your Mac.

    Xcode 2.1 is Apple’s tool suite
    and integrated development environment (IDE) for creating
    Mac OS X Universal Binaries that run natively on PowerPC and Intel-based Macintosh computers.
    The IDE provides a powerful user interface to many industry-standard
    and open-source tools, including GCC, javac, jikes, and GDB. Xcode is
    designed to fully support the Carbon and Cocoa frameworks and Java.
    It contains templates for creating applications, frameworks,
    libraries, plug-ins, Java applications and applets, and command-line
    tools. Developers can use Xcode to construct a user interface, test
    code performance, and perform many other common development tasks.
    For the latest Xcode release information and other details, see the
    Xcode Updates page.

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