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Old 02-26-2010, 02:52 PM   #16
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MTK358 -

"*Step" is a "framework". Just like Microsoft Foundation Classes ("MFC") is a framework.

But MFC was (is) strictly tied to the C++ language, it could only create executables for the Windows platform, and, in general, you probably wouldn't *think* of trying to write or debug an MFC program without using Visual Studio (or a similar IDE). You *certainly* wouldn't do it with "notepad".

In the same sense, NextStep depended on Objective C, and was closely tied to the Next environment.

But to go back to CoderMan's original question: Objective C is *not* strictly tied to Apple (the company Steve Jobs ran before and after he ran Next), and does *not* require that you use *Step. Or Cocoa (another framework). It's just a wonderful language, in and of itself ;-)

'Hope that helps .. PSM
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So *Step and Cocoa are just sets of pre-made classes for you to use, not required in any way to use Obj-C?

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