Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Stepstone'
- Stepstone \Step"stone`\, n.
A stone laid before a door as a stair to rise on in entering
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Stepstone'
Stepstone, originally named Productivity Products International (PPI), was a software company founded in 1983 by Brad Cox and Tom Love, best known for releasing the original version of the Objective-C programming language.
PPI/Stepstone enjoyed modest success not only supplying semi-"object oriented" software, but also among those who wanted an ANSI C compiler on platforms that didn't otherwise support one -- the Objective-C compiler spit out code to be fed to the native C compiler, which often was K&R. The ICpak 201 interface toolkit was submitted to the OSF as a candidate for their interface standard but was not expected to win over Motif.
In April 1995, NeXT acquired the Objective-C trademark and rights from Stepstone. At the same time, Stepstone licensed back from NeXT the right to continue selling their Objective-C based products.[See more about Stepstone at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]