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REAL Studio Does Cocoa

It's Beta Good

Issue: 8.6 (September/October 2010)
Author: Marc Zeedar editor-at-rbdeveloper.com
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Unless you've been living sans Internet for the past few months, you've heard that the latest release of REAL Studio (2010r3) includes beta support for Cocoa. But what does that mean to you? Is it useful or useless? Should you try it or should the "beta" tag frighten you away?

Cocoa Versus Carbon

To begin, let's clarify what "Cocoa" actually means. In this context, it's not the key ingredient in chocolate or that hot drink that tastes so good on a snowy day, but Apple's name for their programming environment for Mac OS X. Carbon is a similar environment. Both are APIs (Application Programming Interfaces): collections of pre-built routines that programmers can call to have the operating system do stuff.

For example, if you need a pushbutton, the OS has built-in routines for drawing buttons and the user interacting with them. Because all programs call the same button routines, the buttons in all Mac OS X programs look and work the same. Plus, the programmer saves time by not having to figure out how to do button drawing. (An added benefit is Apple can change their button code with an OS update and all programs automatically gain those improvements.)

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