What are the goals if the Foundation framework?

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The Foundation framework is designed with these goals in mind:

  • Provide a small set of basic utility classes.

  • Make software development easier by introducing consistent conventions for things such as deallocation.

  • Support Unicode strings, object persistence, and object distribution.

  • Provide a level of OS independence to enhance portability.

The framework was developed by NeXTStep, which was acquired by Apple and these foundation classes became part of Mac OS X and iOS.

Since it was developed by NeXTStep, it has class prefix of "NS".

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