Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Oct 2008 20:08 UTC, submitted by Joe
Mac OS X Even though Snow Leopard is supposed to be all about tweaking and performance, AppleInsider claims to have some information regarding new features coming in Snow Leopard. They claim Apple is working on bringing Exchange support to iCal, Address Book, and Mail, a feature called ImageBoot, and - insert drum roll - a new Finder written in Cocoa. Testers also claim that other bundled applications are written in Cocoa. This isn't all that weird seeing Carbon doesn't come in a 64bit flavour.
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RE: Cocoa + Finder = Finder
by itomato on Sat 18th Oct 2008 17:21 UTC in reply to "Cocoa + Finder = Finder"
itomato
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Yes it would.

If you find the ability to move data seamlessly between devices appealing, and you wish for more transparency and interoperability between your iP[hone/od], iTV, iBook and things like MobileMe, calendaring, etc., a Cocoa Finder is your ticket.

Look at the APIs: Carbon is an extended legacy framework, with a history going back to 1982. There are some seriously hairy, seriously inefficient workarounds lurking in there.

Cocoa, while arguably a "legacy" framework in its own right, being an extension of code dating back to 1987-88.

The difference here is that the NeXT APIs were new - from scratch, while Carbon goes back to the time when Macintosh Toolbox (ROM) calls were the order of the day.

The move from Carbon to Cocoa for a central application such as the Finder is long overdue in my opinion.

Does this mean that people are ready to grasp the awesomeness of "Services"? I don't know about you, but a "Services" menu in the Finder, allowing you instant access to things like background processing, shoving things through Automator, or interacting directly with other applications without launching them or switching into them is appealing to me, and would signal the intent of apple to move beyond manual, action-driven interfaces, and into a mode where a "Web 2.0" style paradigm shift can occur in the MacOS.

'Bout time.

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