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Xcode includes everything developers need to create great applications for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch. Xcode provides developers a unified workflow for user interface design, coding, testing, and debugging. The Xcode IDE combined with the Swift programming language make developing apps easier and more fun than ever before.
Xcode includes the Xcode IDE, Swift and Objective-C compilers, Instruments analysis tool, simulators, the latest SDKs, and hundreds of powerful features:
Innovative tools help you create great apps
• Swift is a revolutionary programming language that is safe, fast, and modern
• Playgrounds are a fun way to experiment and interact with Swift code
• Interface Builder displays pixel-perfect UI for each target device and can edit at any zoom level
• View debugging shows a 3D stack of all your app's UI view layers at runtime
• Assistant editors show content related to your primary task
• Live Issues display errors as you type, and Fix-its can correct mistakes for you
Swift is a powerful, modern, and fun programming language
• Safe by design, Swift syntax and features prevent entire categories of bugs
• Fast code execution and compile time are powered by the proven LLVM compiler
• Modern language features are inspired by leading research, including:
- Closures unified with function pointers
- Tuples and multiple return values
- Structs as value types that support methods, extensions, protocols
- Powerful protocols that can extend functionality throughout your codebase
- Functional programming patterns including map and filter
Interface Builder makes it easy to design your interface without code
• Storyboards let you arrange the complete flow of screens within your app
• See your custom controls rendered live within the design canvas
• Customize your interface for different devices, screen sizes, and orientations
• StackViews make it easy to reason about the layout of each section of your interface
• Create connections from your GUI design directly to the related source code
Professional editor and debugger keep your code front and center
• Hit a few keys and Open Quickly will instantly open any file within your project
• Message bubbles show errors, warnings, and other issues right beside your code
• Data tips show a variable's value by hovering your mouse over the code
• Quick Look variables while debugging to see the actual color, bezier path, image, and more
• Third party app extensions can add new capabilities to the source editor
Test driven development is built right in
• Use the Test Navigator to add, edit, or run unit tests or user interface tests with just a click
• Test Assistant makes it easy to edit your code and related tests, side-by-side
• Create continuous integration bots using macOS Server to automatically build and test your apps
• Monitor performance and user interface test data using macOS Server to immediately spot regressions
• Analyzer travels countless code paths looking for logical errors before they become bugs
Instruments makes performance analysis beautiful
• Compare CPU, disk, memory, and OpenGL performance as graphical tracks over time
• Identify performance bottlenecks, then dive deep into the code to uncover the cause
• Monitor your app directly, or sample the entire system, with very little overhead
To test or deploy applications on an iOS device, Apple TV, or on Apple Watch all you need is a free Apple ID. To submit your apps to the App Store you must be a member of the Apple Developer Program. Continuous integration features require a current version of macOS Server. Some features may require Internet access.
What's New in Version 8.3.3
Xcode 8.3.3 includes Swift 3.1 and SDKs for iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2, tvOS 10.2, and macOS Sierra 10.12
Xcode 8.3.3 adds Interface Builder support for iPad Pro (10.5-inch)
I cannot update XCode, because Apple decided that the over priced hardware I purchased, that was 6 months behind other companies when it was new, is not viable for an OS upgrade from El Capitan to Sierra. I run Windows and Linux virtualized on this laptop as well as play games with no issue. Not only that but they broke the XCode I currently have installed, which worked fine until the last update. The reality, the company changes your system preferences without permission, the majority of AppStore apps are horrid, they kill apps in the store often or steal the ideas effectively killing the original app, and ask for way more for older hardware than required to blackmail you into buying new hardware just to run a single oS version above what you’re running already. They are not a small company that needs to command a higher cost to maintain their business or need to fill landfills with viable hardware to keep money rolling in. The iPhone is great but as a company they are worse than Microsoft in the nineties. I’m going to System76 and LinuxMint and I will virtualize OS X from now on. Not worth my time or money anymore...
A good developer tool that can be better.
An app so complicated like Xcode, comes with a huge stack of features, APIs, SDKs, that one wouldn’t actually use them all. Of course, an app that’s the mother of apps, so huge like this, is bound to come with imperfections and many head-scratching bugs. My biggest complain right now is how broken XCTest and its tools are (both of which I filed bug reports months ago). Accessibility Inspector, for example, fails to recognize UI elements even in the very basic setting that closely mirrors the WWDC talk. However, I appreciate many things Xcode provides, and some of them may have been underappreciated after years of its introduction, like Storyboard, Interactive Swift Playground, and continuous additions of new SDKs. Overall, I’d still rely on and recommend Xcode, but I also wish that bugs are ironed out and patched more quickly.
The first decent programmer’s IDE in what I would call the modern era, in my opinion, was Borland’s Delphi. Microsoft struggled for several years to get anything even close to Delphi, but they finally got there. I find Xcode to be as good or better than Visual Studio, given the different ways things are done in Windows versus Mac OS. Xcode is a complex app, and so it inherently has it’s room for improvement, but it is a very impressive development tool and I find it to be very comfortable to work in, for coding, interface development, and debugging.
- Category: Developer Tools
- Updated: Jun 05, 2017
- Version: 8.3.3
- Size: 4.54 GB
- Language: English
- Seller: Apple Inc.
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Compatibility: macOS 10.12 or later