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Stepstone Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Stepstone \Step"stone`\, n. A stone laid before a door as a stair to rise on in entering the house.
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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.

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