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question about the languages available for iphone development

Rodrigo Bossini
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Hi, I'm a beginner to this area.

I'd like to see some comments and tips on why yet another language is available for developing applications for Iphone.

I've heard that it does support c and C++, but it also supports the so called Objective-C language.

So, why yet another language? What's the advantage on this approach? I have seen some code snippets of this new language, and its syntax looks kind of complicated?

So what are the real interests in having this new language?


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Bear Bibeault
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Objective-C isn't anything new. It's the language that was chosen for NeXT, and when NeXT was bought by Apple to serve as the springboard for OS X it became the de facto language for Mac OS development. It seems natural that it would also serve as the basis for iPhone development.


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Hussein Baghdadi
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Actually Objective-C isn't a new language, it is really old one and it is the primary language used to develop Mac and iOS application.
The syntax isn't complex, it is Smalltalk's syntax, a little bit weird but digestible.
If you know Java you will absorb Obj-C in no time.
C and C++ are used mainly by iOS game developers.
Alaa Nassef
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Once you get used to the syntax, it will make a lot of sense.


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