The NeXTonian


The best spokesperson NeXT will ever have (or need) is Sir Tim Berners-Lee. The World Wide Web was invented on a NeXTcube and written in Objective-C with the NeXTSTEP frameworks. Says Tim: 'I could do in a couple of months what would take more like a year on other platforms'. Tim also has the best-ever (and certainly most famous) screen shot of NeXTSTEP ever - click here.

About the best online authority on NeXT is Eric Levenez. His site is all in French, so if your linguistic abilities are not up to par, you'll have to go through Google's Language Tools or the equivalent, and settle for what you get.

Joacim Melin's NeXT information Archive is also a rich cornucopia of NeXT information, but unfortunately it's mostly site grabs from Eric Levenez and other one-time sources, it doesn't have much HTTP navigation, is unorganised, and it contains a lot of broken links.

Thomas McCarthy's Intro to NeXTSTEP is just what it says - a good intro. Written back at the time of the 'merger', it remains an excellent document that shows just how much of OS X comes from NeXT.

OSNews bought a NeXT computer only this year (2003) to tinker with; their article, Introducing NeXT - The Wonders of NEXTSTEP and OpenStep, has a dozen good screen shots of the NeXTSTEP interface.

GNUstep is still alive and kicking; downloads of binaries and source are available.

The domain is still registered, but you won't get through: it's owned today by Apple.

Administrative Contact:
   Apple Computer, Inc.  (BLSVKTVXLO)  Apple-NOC@APPLE.COM
   CUPERTINO, CA 95014-2083

Finally, there is always Google...

Apple have an entire introductory course in Objective-C online; as they themselves say, it only takes a couple of hours for a seasoned software engineer already immersed in C.

A new Apple tutorial, Introduction to Developing Cocoa Objective-C Applications, builds a simple currency converter application that serves as a first glimpse of the marriage of Objective-C and Cocoa, discusses the model-view-controller (MVC) paradigm, and peeks at the power of Interface Builder. It's 'step-by-step' to the extreme, so empowered with the free OS X developer tools, you can hardly go wrong, no matter your background or lack thereof.

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