Apple Introduces Xcode, the Fastest Way to Create Mac OS X Applications
WWDC 2003, San Francisco—June 23, 2003—Apple® today announced Xcode, a set of powerful developer tools that paves the way for the next generation of applications for Mac® OS X. Xcode brings innovation back to the developer tools market by combining a high performance UNIX-based development environment, a breakthrough user interface and powerful performance technologies including Fix and Continue, Zero Link and Distributed Build. Xcode delivers performance improvements that are five times faster than Apple’s previous generation developer tools, delivering significantly faster turn around times for developers creating applications for Mac OS X.
“Xcode merges the power of a world class UNIX-based development environment with a simple, elegant and powerful user interface,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Xcode takes much of the legwork out of creating apps by putting powerful tools at developers’ fingertips and is the best and fastest way to build the next generation of Mac OS X applications.”
With the Xcode Fix and Continue feature, developers can make live code changes to a running application and see their effect immediately without the need to restart the application. Dramatically reduced turnaround times are achieved with Zero Link which removes the linking stage for all development builds. Project build times are minimized through a Rendezvous™-enabled Distributed Build feature allowing developers to compile applications using multiple systems.
The stunning and easy-to-navigate user interface in Xcode represents a revolutionary approach to developer productivity by presenting all the information and tools developers need in a streamlined interface similar to the successful iTunes® and iPhoto™ consumer applications. Smart Groups, similar to Playlists in iTunes, provide a powerful and easy new way to organize projects while Fast Find delivers a consistent search interface with live indexing that refines searches as they are entered. Code completion increases accuracy while API documentation is accessible directly from the source code editor allowing fewer distractions and higher productivity. An easy migration path for CodeWarrior allows developers to directly import CodeWarrior project files into Xcode.
Xcode fully supports new Apple technologies and is built to optimize applications for the next generation Apple PowerPC G5 processor. Developers can use AppleScript® and Apple’s graphical development tools to quickly create native Mac OS X applications that take advantage of Apple’s rich Cocoa® programming environment and Aqua® user interface.
Pricing & Availability
Xcode will be available in English and Japanese worldwide on September 15, 2003. All registered attendees at WWDC 2003 will receive a free copy of the Xcode preview release; Select and Premier ADC members will have access to the Xcode preview release through the ADC web site.
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