If you’re confused about the differences in Carbonized applications and ones developed in Cocoa, you’re not alone. Now Geoff Perlman, CEO of Real Software, the company behind the REALbasic development environment, has written a paper designed to help clarify the matter.
“Since Mac OS X shipped, announcements regarding new versions of software applications designed to run natively on the new OS have become a daily occurrence. Some of these announcements mention that the application is Cocoa-based while others mention that the application is Carbon-based,” Perlman writes. “The smart developers mention neither, knowing that the average Mac user doesn’t know the difference and doesn’t care.”
Apple has been talking to developers about the benefits of Cocoa and as a result, many Mac users have started to get the idea that applications that are Cocoa-based are somehow better than applications that are Carbon-based, he added. Perlman disagrees and tells why in his What the difference between Carbon and Cocoa and should I even care? report-opinion piece.