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pats-madin
Apr 16, 2008, 04:27 AM
Hey,

Im new to macs and i dont know much about programming so bear with me. Anyways i am interested in making some small games, just for fun. I tried to look for applications for writing code and i found, what i think is an application, Cocoa. However I can't find anywhere to download it... I feel like this may be a very stupid question but what excactly is Cocoa and is it a good program to write code for small games?



Eraserhead
Apr 16, 2008, 04:45 AM
First you need to install the developers tools, they are on the OS X DVD or can be downloaded here (http://developer.apple.com/tools/download/).

karenflower
Apr 16, 2008, 04:52 AM
Cocoa is a programming environment, Xcode and Interface Builder are the programs used to create the code (they're part of Developer Tools, which are an optional install on the OS X DVD). There's lots of good tutorials on how to use it here: http://cocoadevcentral.com

However, if you're new to programming then it might be a bit overwhelming at first - there's a thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=370575&highlight=games) from a while back that provides some links to programs that are easier to use.


Here's some options that might be more up the OP's street:

http://scratch.mit.edu
http://www.squeak.org
http://revmedia.runrev.com
http://www.blitzmax.com
http://lassie.gmacwill.com
http://www.inform-fiction.org
http://www.pygame.org

I'm sure you can find others if you look around, e.g. start here:

http://www.idevgames.com

You might want to check those out to start with. I've tried Scratch and it's good for making small, quick games. :)

pats-madin
Apr 17, 2008, 10:49 AM
Wow thanks for all the great info. Really helped. I think i might look into one of the ones that karenflower suggested.