REAL Software says their rapid application development tool, REAL Studio, will include the option to compile a Cocoa application in the upcoming 2010 Release 3. 

REAL Software has been working on the development of the Cocoa framework for a long time and though it is not yet complete, it is far enough along that it will be made available as a beta to all REAL Studio users, according to Geoff Perlman, REAL Software Founder and CEO.

On Mac OS X there are two ways for applications to communicate with the operating system: Carbon and Cocoa. Carbon was designed to allow applications from Classic Mac OS, like REAL Studio, to run natively on Mac OS X. Cocoa is the method that has been part of Mac OS X since its introduction and all applications must move to Cocoa to continue to be modern.

“Unlike when other companies have gone through the conversion, REAL Software is trying to minimize the impact on their users,” says Perlman. “One of the many benefits of using REAL Studio is that developers are mostly abstracted from having to deal specifically with platform details. REAL Software has developed this new Cocoa framework in such a way that REAL Studio users will only have to recompile their applications to get a Cocoa version. When recompiled most applications should simply work. In some cases minor changes might need to be made such as if users want to take advantage of new features, like additional button types.”

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