September 21, 2012
apple, cocoa, history, NeXTSTEP, programming
Some good history of Cocoa from Aaron Hillegass’s book Cocoa Programming.
The window server on Mac OS X is like the X window server on Unix. It gets events from the user, forwards them to the application, and puts data on the screen.
NeXTSTEP came up with a set of libraries to enable programmers to deal with the window manager in an elegant manner. These frameworks were originally called OpenStep, which was later renamed Cocoa.
Programmers loved OpenStep. Tim Berners-Lee developed the first Web browser and the first Web server on NeXTSTEP.
Apple selected NeXTSTEP as there next operating and bought the whole company in December 1996.
NeXTSTEP became Mac OS X. It’s Unix underneath.
Cocao Touch is built on top Cocoa (many of the classes are identical). Most importantly, the principles and design patterns are essentially unchanged.
July 8, 2012
china, foreign policy, henry kissenger, history, kissinger, on china
Henry Kissinger has had the privilege of participating and witnessing first hand some of what are the most influential and pivotal events that are now affecting your’s and my life first hand – and that is the remarkable growth and rebirth of China.
Outlined in great detail with first hand account of conversations with Mao and Deng Xiaoping, Mr. Kissenger takes you through the behind the scenes accounts of China tumultuous relationship with the US, and puts in context event and possible futures of tomorrow.
He starts of by looking at China’s great history and gives us the Chinese perspective of how they see themselves in the world. With the exception of the last two centuries (which China sees as the humiliation of foreign subjugation) China was always view itself as the middle kingdom. The center of the universe. And a place with foreigners come for enlightenment.
Further to that they see their ascendancy back onto the world stage as simply reclaiming they historical always had – most enlightened nation status.
I’m not doing this book justice. I will only say that by reading it, I appreciated how little I understand the Chinese perspective of the world (even after living in Hong Kong for two years) and little we in the West get where they are coming from. This should be mandatory reading for any politicians or business people before dealing with the Chinese.
It’s an incredible text. A great work. And a must read for anyone looking to gain insight into what China relationship with the world looks like, and how events may unfold.