Apple's own development platform


Xcode is Apple’s proprietary integrated development environment (IDE), launched in 2003 to allow developers to make apps for its iPhone, and since then has expanded to develop applications for iPad, Mac and Apple Watch.

Xcode, naturally, supports any feature or technology currently available on iOS and iPhone, for which it makes native apps. An extremely powerful tool, it allows for a GUI as well as coding to build your apps. It is the original tool to build apps for launching on Apple products.

  • Trial is free, no membership to Mac Developer program required
  • Powerful interface builder and debugging tools
  • Built-in sprite editor and testing “playground”

XCode Features

  • Designed for multiplatform
  • Productive coding
  • Swift, SwiftUI, Swift Package
  • Xcode documentation

XCode Info

Platforms:iOS, macOS
Types:Game Development Software, Mobile Game Development, Platform
Groups:App Development Software
Articles from the XCode blog:
  • Objective-C id as Swift Any Swift 3 interfaces with Objective-C APIs in a more powerful way than previous versions. For instance, Swift 2 mapped the id type in Objective-C to the AnyObject type in Swift, which normally can hold...
  • Use iPad to Program Robots with Swift Playgrounds At WWDC 2016 we announced Swift Playgrounds, a brand new iPad app that teaches core coding concepts using Swift. In addition to the great content Apple provides with the app, we are excited to see what...
  • Working with JSON in Swift If your app communicates with a web application, information returned from the server is often formatted as JSON . You can use the Foundation framework’s JSONSerialization class to convert JSON into...
  • Swift 3 and Xcode 8 Swift 3 beta was just released as part of Xcode 8 beta and includes numerous enhancements, many contributed by the open source community. The primary goal of Swift 3 is to implement the last major source...
  • Interactive Playgrounds Xcode 7.3 beta 3 adds interactive iOS and OS X playgrounds that allow you to click, drag, type, and otherwise interact with the user interfaces you code into your playground. These interfaces react just...
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