User Interfaces: The Application Kit
On Mac OS X, the Application Kit (AppKit.framework) contains all the primary elements you’ll need to create a feature-rich graphical application. There are others, of course, but everything has its roots in the AppKit. It’s here the concepts of windows, views, controls, and input events are defined, along with the core Objective-C APIs for dealing with rendering of graphics and text.
This chapter will give you a thorough grounding in the concepts embodied within the Application Kit and its companion tool, Interface Builder. As a result, this chapter will not deal with any iOS or UIKit topics except noting contrasts between the two platforms’ respective approaches. The information here will still ...