Apple Releases Xcode 1.5
Xcode is Apple’s new integrated development environment (IDE) for Mac OS X.
It is designed to fully support all of the major platform initiatives of
Mac OS X, such as the Carbon and Cocoa frameworks, Java, and the new
application packaging mechanisms.
Xcode provides project editing, search and navigation, file editing,
project building, and debugging facilities for all types of Mac OS X
software projects, including applications, tools, frameworks, libraries,
plug-in bundles, kernel extensions, and device drivers. It supports the use
of C, C++, Objective C, Objective C++ and Java.
Xcode leverages numerous other tools available with Mac OS X, such as the
Interface Builder user interface construction application, compilers such
as gcc, javac, and jikes, and debuggers such as gdb.
Xcode requires Mac OS X version 10.3 or higher. New in Xcode 1.5:
* Dead-code stripping
* Remote debugging
* gcc 3.3 improvments for speed and -fast robustness
* Code completion for Java and AppleScript
* Subversion source-code control system support
* Native build system support for AppleScript
* Enhanced debugger with memory and globals browsers, as well as the
ability to display file static variables
* Faster editor performance
* Ant templates
* Documentation bookmarks
* Speed improvements
All versions of Xcode include the following features:
* A new, more intuitive user interface for developing applications
* ZeroLink – run your executable without linking at compile time
* Fix and Continue – dynamically apply code changes to your executable
without ending your debugging session
* Distributed builds using Rendezvous, allowing your entire work group to
take advantage of each other’s machines to compile your projects
* Code Sense – always up-to-date source code indexing and code completion
* SDK Support – You can now develop software for Mac OS X 10.1, Mac OS X
10.2 or 10.3 from one machine
* CodeWarrior importing – Importing projects from CodeWarrior has been
* Many, many more features and enhancements
* gcc 3.3 is the default compiler. gcc 3.3 offers the following advantages
over gcc 3.1:
– Support for optimized code generation for the new PowerPC G5 processor
– Support for stub libraries
– Many performance optimizations
– A new precompiled header mechanism (PCH) that works for C, Objective-C,
C++, and Objective-C++
– Improved compile time vs. gcc 3.1
– Updated compiler user manuals
Available Older Versions of Mac OS X Developer Tools (available on the ADC
Note: An update to the December 2002 Mac OS X Developer Tools is available,
which provides gcc 3.3 and associated tools for that developer tools
release. This August 2003 gcc Updater is downloadable now from the ADC
Project Builder 2.1 (a part of the December 2002 Mac OS X Developer Tools)
is designed for use on Mac OS X version 10.2.x. Please see the release
notes for more details. It includes the following new features (and more):
* gcc 3.1 improvements: gcc 3.1 has several bug fixes. In addition:
– an optimization has been made to speed up searching for header
files. If your command lines have a lot of -I directives to add
directories to the compiler’s search path, this optimization should
help your compile time.
– The HTML documentation for the compiler is missing from the release.
Please see the release notes for more details.
* Support for external editors: Project Builder now allows you to use
arbitrary editors for different file types, and it will show you build
errors in your external editor when you use BBEdit or emacs.
* Build system features: Project Builder’s build system has been enhanced
in the following ways:
– Project Builder will now do multiple compiles at the same time on
machines with more than one processor.
– Project Builder’s header dependency analysis is improved.
– Project Builder now links executables in a more optimal manner.
– You can now set compile flags on a per-file basis.
– Assembler flags are now separate from flags to the compiler.
* Custom key bindings: Project Builder now allows you to customize its key
bindings for text and menus. In addition, you can define your own
customized key binding sets, and sets of bindings to match popular
environments are provided.
* Other features: Including better CVS integration, vast improvements to
the CodeWarrior project importer, JavaDoc indexing, improved text encoding
support, and other IDE and debugger improvements and fixes.
* Much more: See the “What’s New.pdf” file on the Developer Tools CD/image
for more information.
The Xcode IDE ships as a part of the Xcode Tools. The Xcode Tools require
Mac OS X version 10.3 or higher and are available either in the Mac OS X
version 10.3 “Panther” box, in an installer package on new Macintoshes, or
via download directly from the Apple Developer Connection Member Site.
Xcode Tools 1.5: The Xcode Tools 1.5 release is a complete installation of
the Xcode development tools. It includes an enhanced version of the Xcode
IDE with enhanced features and improvements to the user experience, speed,
and the build system. It also includes updates to several additional
development tools, documentation and SDKs. It can be used to upgrade any
existing installation of Xcode 1.x. Xcode Tools 1.5 is a full CD disk image
available from the ADC Download site. Please see the Read Me document and
Release Notes available on the Download Software section of the ADC Member
Site for full information. [Aug 05 2004]
The August 2003 gcc Updater (adding gcc 3.3 support to the December 2002
Mac OS X Developer tools) is downloadable now from the ADC Member Site.
The December 2002 Developer Tools (for use on Mac OS X version 10.2.x),
including Project Builder 2.1, can be downloaded from the ADC Member Site.
The April 2002 Developer Tools Public Beta (for use on Mac OS X version
10.1.x), including Project Builder 2.0, can be downloaded from the ADC
The following support resources are available for Xcode:
* Xcode documentation packaged with the application in the Help menu
* The Xcode-Users mailing list available from lists.apple.com
* Contact Us for information on Apple developer assistance programs.
* Visit http://developer.apple.com/membership/ for more information about
ADC Program membership options.
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