For those of us who are oblivious to the term XCODE 5, here is the fact : Apple developed its Integrated Development Environment (IDE) termed Xcode, released in 2003. IDE is similar to the Software Development Kits(SDK) used for developing android apps. Xcode IDE contains a host of tools and is complete in all aspects to develop apps for Mac OS and iOS. This IDE consists provisions for documentation, interface building, code generators and more for producing Apple apps, complete in all aspects. Xcode version 5 is the latest in the series with noteworthy provisions to create speedy, top-notch and high performance apps for apple platforms.
What’s new in Xcode 5? This latest version is unbelievably easy to use! It helps in testing app modules, analysing & debugging codes and only gets better by checking the performance of your app.
App Catalogue & Testing : One huge advantage is that the IDE automatically configures the apps for using the latest services provided by Apple and catalogues the app images in a unified asset catalogue. The Test based development helps in side by side testing along with coding. It provides the option for the user to create and run one’s own test set for individual or groups tests.
Bots for Debugging : The Bots that accompany the tool set help debugging while simultaneously proceeding with building, testing and running the code analyzer. Creating a new bot is as easy as a few clicks and can be tested on any Mac system in your network with results of tests being diplayed on your workstation.
Auto Layout & Error Alerts : An Auto Layout feature assists in creating the user interface that auto adapts to the size, orientation and localization of the app screen. The interference of the auto layout feature can be set to the level desired by the developer and it doesn’t limit creative freedom. The additional feature is that the alerts bringforth omissions or mis-configured parts of coding.
Image Management : Artwork and customization of images is easily manageable in Xcode 5. It removes the hassles of multiple versions of individual images and filename conventions. Dynamic scaling of images are made possible by a feature called Image splits that restricts the file size accordingly
Debug Gauges : The various parameters of an app can be monitored through the debug gauges embedded in Xcode 5. Aspects such as data usage, iCloud interaction, energy & memory consumption and CPU usage can all be monitored by these gauges. They can reveal the effectivity of your app before the user spots bugs and errors. Every gauge presents its very own full report. On spotting errors, one can launch instruments for a deeper analysis of app performance.
Some more specifics that help are Source & Assistant Editor, Integrated Build systems, Cotinuous integration, Compilers, iOS simulator, Static Analysis, Graphical Debugger, Test Framework and so many other such features.
To create an Apple app with a potential to make a difference, all that is needed is a creative mind and an ability to exploit the provisions of Xcode 5. Using Xcode 5 can take your concept leaps and bounds, revealing a whole new world of possibilities !