Eclipse IDE - Cocoa or Carbon?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by nyzwerewolf, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. nyzwerewolf macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2007
    Long Island, NY
    hey guys, this semester I am taking Java course, and my professor told me to get Eclipse IDE for Java. I want Eclipse on my MacBook Pro, but not really sure which one I am suppose to download. Meaning; I see download link for Cocoa 32bit , 64bit and Carbon 32bit. Which one should I get? Which framework is better? Cocoa or Carbon? I am running 10.6.2. Thanks guys!
  2. Heath macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2005
    Carbon was (is?) a compatibility layer that developers could use to port their applications from OS 9 to OS X and is largely obsolete and Apple is no longer actively improving it.
    Cocoa is the current method of developing applications.
    Eclipse is written largely in Java, so it most likely won't matter a whole big bunch, but you'll most likely get a better user experience from Cocoa.
    This is what you want Eclipse.
  3. pikester macrumors newbie


    Feb 27, 2009
    Use the Cocoa version if you are using Snow Leopard.
  4. robj macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2009
    Madrid, Spain
    Actually Eclipse uses a Graphical API called SWT which uses the underlaying system widget system.

    So if you use Eclipse in Windows you'll be using the windows version of SWT widgets and if you use Cocoa version you'll be using these ones.

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