Some of the best Macintosh application development has come from students like you, creative young developers with a desire to change the world. All you need are the tools and the technical resources to get started — without the high prices. That's why we designed the ADC Student Membership as an affordable developer program (only US$99/year) that makes it easy for students from around the world to learn how to develop on the Macintosh platform. If you are 18 years of age or older and enrolled in a college or university, the ADC Student Membership provides the tools and resources you need to move your development skills to the next level.
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NOTE: The ADC Student Membership does NOT include code-level technical support, access to pre-release software, or use of the ADC Compatibility Labs and students may not be transferred these benefits by others. If your development requires such benefits, then the ADC Select Membership may better suit your needs.
Apple is the first major computer company to make open source development a key part of its ongoing software strategy. The core of Mac OS X, Darwin, is itself an open source project. This approach to operating system development allows developers and students to view the Darwin source code, learn from it, and submit suggestions and modifications. Developers and students can also participate in the Darwin open source project.
Student Developers Under Age 18
Students under 18 years of age interested in learning to develop for the Mac are invited to take advantage of a variety of getting started resources available to developers of any age and experience level. The Getting Started with Apple Technologies page provides a list of reference materials and resource links for new Mac programmers. All students may sign up for Apple's Student Developer mail list and participate in other community-focused web sites, including O'Reilly's Mac DevCenter, Stepwise, MacTech Online, and Open Source Developer Resources.
Every copy of Mac OS X also ships with Xcode Tools, the high-powered development tools suite from Apple. You can purchase Mac OS X today at your local retail, campus, or online store.
* Please note that the Apple Developer Connection must verify student status before we can fully activate an ADC Student membership. Apple reserves the right, at its discretion, to deny access to the ADC Student Membership.