Qt does a great job at abstracting out platform-specific features into platform-independent C++ APIs. However, sometimes you still need to write platform-specific code for features that are not in Qt (e.g. to access the platform’s address book), or to access platform-specific applications (e.g. iTunes) or libraries (e.g. Sparkle). On Mac OS X, almost all interfaces are offered through the Cocoa Objective-C interface, and the interfaces that are written in C++ have been deprecated and will disappear soon in favor of Cocoa. Although the language of Cocoa is different from Qt’s, Qt and GCC make it very easy to call these interfaces from within your application. In this post, I will show how this can be done by making an auto-updating application using Sparkle.