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Coding for portability

Writing code that will compile and then run on different platforms can be surprisingly easy. Writing portable code describes some straight-forward steps to take to make your program easy to port to new platforms.

Document based application design

One of the most common use-patterns of applications on modern platforms is that of document-based applications - applications which can have several active user-controlled contexts.

Some familar examples might be a word processor where the user may have multiple document windows concurrently, or a web browser which allows a user to have a number of different browser windows open at the same time.

Document based applications provides information and tips on how to code this style of application.

Using property lists

A regular issue that programmers face is storing structured configuration information, and reading it back. GNUstep has a standard mechanism that can be used for this task, amongst others: Property lists.