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Wed, 09 Jul 2008

Cocoa: Refining the roadmap

When you have to make important decisions about your business, it may best to take matters into your own hands. In the case of my Mac software business, I've discussed at some length the Tk-Cocoa project in which another developer is working on moving my preferred toolkit, Tk, from a Carbon foundation to a Cocoa foundation. To date, no progress on this project has been publicly documented.

As a result, I've decided to take matters into my own hands a bit more. I'm diligently working through the new edition of Aaron Hillegass' textbook on Cocoa programming--considered by many to be the textbook on Cocoa programming. While it's slow going (I often feel like I'm taking baby steps), it is going more smoothly than my first serious exposure to Cocoa programming.

I'm not yet sure how I will incorporate my new learning about Cocoa into my software business. Develop and release a full-dress Cocoa application? Port my existing applications from Tk to Cocoa? Contribute to the Tk-Cocoa project--or start the project, if in fact it doesn't really exist? At this point it's too soon to say. But I do feel that getting a good grounding in Cocoa is necessary for the future of my software business--if only to stave off obsolescence, as Apple deprecates and perhaps removes the Carbon frameworks from OS X.

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