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Section C.1. A short history of Objective-C

C.1. A short history of Objective-C

The late 1970s and early 1980s saw a lot of experimentation in improving software developers’ productivity and the reliability of the systems they were producing. One train of thought was that gains could be found with a shift from procedural-based programming languages to languages incorporating object-oriented design principles.

Smalltalk, a language developed at Xerox PARC in the 1970s, was the first to introduce the term object-oriented programming to the general developer community. The language was first widely distributed as Smalltalk-80 in 1980, and ever since, Smalltalk has left its mark on a number of more recent programming languages.


  

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