Apple Carbon


Carbon is a procedural application programming interface for Mac OS X, and it is based on the C language. It covers file management, user interface, memory management and other system functions. Carbon was created with backwards compatibility in mind, in order to allow older applications to be ported to newer versions of Mac OS.

Advantages

  • The API is accessible from a portable language, C
  • Full support for the features of the OS

Disadvantages 

  • No support for 64-bit applications
  • The API is not object oriented
  • The API is deprecated since July 24, 2012 (it's still available but it is no longer updated)

Components Examples

  • File Manager
  • Resource Manager
  • Font Manager
  • QuickDraw
  • Carbon Event Manager
  • HIObject
  • HITheme
  • HIView Manager
  • Window Manager

Development tools 

  • XCode 3.2.4