What The IPad Means To Programming

Learn how iPad programming changed the landscape of programming as a whole

With the new release of Apple flagship mobile OS, iOS, Apple has brought new standards to the computing world that will change software development forever. Instead of creating something brand new, Apple has over time redeveloped and re created aspects of programming that can be likened to cleaning out the old guard. A clear example of multi-tasking on the iPhone 4 and soon to be included on the iPad, indicate that Apple is indeed here to stay.

Making Changes In Developing Standards

Prior to Apple’s full-scale entry in the software market, as a potential OS and programming language contender, Objective-C was being used by Developers for MAC OS X applications for efficient software that worked through reflective, object-oriented environment. This fast became a platform for Applications that required more memory and system resources to run smoothly. This was the case of MAC OS X, where Developers of multi-media production, programming and other such applications ported their software to the MAC OS X platform.

The iPad’s launch also set a new standard in computer hardware and design with a more touch driven process taking prevalence in the hearts and minds of consumers. It is also shown in the number of Developers that make Apps for the App Store. All this has been made possible by the Objective-C programming language and methodologies.

Since it is based on OOP (Object Oriented Programming), a programming method that redefined programming forever, Objective-C is following a similar path. That does not mean other programming languages will die, but as a pace setter, Objective-C and the technologies it employed in its efficient processing will set the trend for decades to come. Why is this important? Well for starters, most Programmers and Developers have grown accustomed to running applications as processes rather than threads. Within an Objective-C environment, the latter is used. Of course this applies to the applications themselves and not the hardware (you can thank Intel for that). But Apple’s lead on these programming standards is now making these same methods available to Developers within its iOS community and the software industry in general. Apps that are developed in Objective-C programming show more efficiency in code compiling and debugging than with other languages. In addition, although Objective-C is built on the technologies of the C Programming, it can create controlled virtual environments that allow other programming languages such as JAVA, Ruby and Python to “co-exist” with Objective-C.

What does all this mean for the industry?

Because of Apple’s influence on the mobile industry, the iPad’s success and new Developer Agreement is pushing more and more developers are porting to develop applications and software using Objective-C. Apple’s influence then is not only on the actual products it develops, but is now bringing efficiency and speed of applications and software to the software industry as well. This much like the effects of eating an Apple a day.


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Posted on Dec 21, 2010