… from small independent programmers, because of the ease with which an iPhone app can be developed. This amazing productivity is the result of three things working together in close concert: The Objective-C language which is strongly influenced by SmallTalk; Xcode, Apple’s integrated development environment which is a direct descendant of the SmallTalk IDE; and the Cocoa class library. Really the three are inseparable. That is the legacy of SmallTalk.
Adam Zachary Wasserman
Imagine what Apple could’ve accomplished had they stuck with Smalltalk, then. According to the Namcook Analytics study, Objective-C was about as productive as Object Pascal (Delphi), but 12 per cent less than Smalltalk! And Smalltalk would’ve been much more enjoyable to use. (Objective-C’s syntax looks very awkward, even though it’s essentially a cross between C and Smalltalk.)