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I think writers cafe looks pretty neat, its the only one I have seen so far that been compiled for almost every big OS.
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KB wrote:Cocoa support for Java has been waning over the past few years, though... I'm not sure whether it will be supported at all in the future.
Cocotron does look interesting, but unfortunately, as with all such options, it is unlikely ever to be able to handle porting something like Scrivener, which just relies on way too many Apple libraries and methods that will take years for Cocotron to catch up with - by which time, Scrivener will most likely be relying on newer ones!
All the best,
Wed Nov 05, 2008 12:33 am Post
MarcustheBlacksmith wrote:Mac developers have more options than most when it comes to cross-platform development.
For example, Java is the most popular cross-platform language, with a lot of support. It's got a cross-platform GUI framework - Swing - which has got a lot better in recent years, especially in terms of emulating the native behaviour of buttons, menus, gestures, and so on.
However, on the Mac, we get one better. Because of the excellent Java-Cocoa bridge provided with the Apple Developer tools, you can write your application logic in Java and build the GUI in Interface Builder, hooking your Java controller classes up to the controls just as you would with a regular Obj-C/Cocoa back end.
So you can write a very native feeling Mac app (MoneyDance and EverNote are two Cocoa-Java Bridge java apps I can think of off the cuff) in Java, then the only work required to port it to Windows/Linux is to build a Swing version of the GUI for those operating systems (Swing without much theming - of which there's plenty of ability to do so if you need to - feels very native on Windows, and relatively so on Linux).
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