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Tue, 19 Jun 2007

Death knell for Carbon?

I've been spending some time pondering the implications of Apple's surprise announcement last week that there will be no 64-bit support for Carbon in Leopard.

Here's a web page with an overview of what is public knowledge: http://www.carbondev.com/site/?page=64-bit+Carbon

I personally have no need for 64-bit performance in my apps. However, from my (admittedly uninformed) perspective, it looks like the death knell for Carbon. Even despite the continuing reliance of such major vendors as Adobe and Microsoft on Carbon, it appears that Apple is trying to forcibly move development to Cocoa. As such, I no longer have confidence that Carbon will continue to be a stable and supported platform for GUI development on the Mac, and I'm evaluating my options in terms of the UI of my applications.

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