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Brad Cox Interview (2009)

Dave Dribin interviews Objective-C co-creator Brad Cox (via Christoffer Lernö):

When I learned about Smalltalk and object-oriented programming from the Byte article, I think in 1982, I realized I could do something pretty similar in C and that would be a better basis to build on.

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When I was directly involved, its goal was simply to add dynamic typing to C’s static typing. And the static typing you’re referring to was largely added after my time.

The idea was that Objective-C features were to be a fairly lightweight kind of tool: a soldering gun not a silicon fab line. The things you’d use C for, the statically typed stuff would be ways of building the software ICs. And that’d be done in C. That was the idea at least.

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