Project Builder is an application that manages software development projects. It’s Apple’s integrated development environment (IDE) for Mac OS X, which provides a project browser, a full-featured code editor, language-savvy symbol recognition, advanced project-searching capabilities, documentation access, build and debugging support, and other features that can streamline the development process. With it, you can create such Mac OS X software projects as:
An application, which is a bundle that contains all the resources necessary to launch the application, including the application’s executable files. A bundle is a folder packaged to look like a single file.
Frameworks, which are bundles that contain a dynamic shared library and all the resources that go with that library, such as header files, images, and documentation.
Kernel extensions, which are bundles the operating system loads into the kernel environment.
Libraries, which are code and resources that can’t execute on their own, but that export functions and global variables for others to use; usually linked to an application when the application runs instead of when it’s compiled.
Plug-ins, which are bundles that contain executable code and associated resources that must be loaded into a running application.
This chapter shows you how to create one type of software project—a Carbon application. You’ll use the Carbon programming interfaces and the C language from within Project Builder’s ...