One of the biggest frustrations for coders trying to come over from the PC side of things is learning to work within the Apple environment. For years, the language was virtually inaccessible if you were coming from a PC knowledge base, and even for those that were used to working in Apple’s code, the task of writing, editing, and finishing successful apps was a herculean feat.
All of this has changed with the introduction of the Xcode7 user interface. Imagine an editor for your code similar in look and feel to Dreamweaver, but specifically designed to not only work with Apple’s coding languages, but to also help you plot out, screen by screen, the flow and concept of your programs. Xcode is designed to interface with all of the latest iOS platforms, and gives users a simple and understandable user interface to help them bring their apps and programs to life.
The assistant editor splits your coding screen in two. On the left, you will see the items you have added and built. On the right, you will see your coding window, complete with a reference that highlights any parts that you have selected on the left.
If you’ve ever been lost on what the code behind an item would look like, this is a quick and easy way to tell. Simply select the code for the item that you have physically added or moved, and the coding window takes it from there. More than that, though, the coding window lets you manually adjust the code. So, as you work, you also learn more about how the code behind the iOS can work for you.
Let’s face it, there’s a lot to the Apple programming language. There are tons of tools, schemas, and other items like methods that you can either use or create. In fact, when you’re working in your apps, you may find that the task of keeping things straight can be harder than the writing of your code. That’s where the Jump Bar comes in. It’s a tool bar that allows you to 100% customize it and reference not only parts of the editor you may need, but also parts of your code for quick access. In other words, it’s the ultimate shortcut tool for each project you do, allowing you to not have to worry about what screen your items are stored in. The best part is that it’s a movable and usable item, so if you’ve done a great bar for project number one, feel free to move it to project number two.
In most coding programs, you have the ability to test out your project as you go. In Xcode, you can not only do this, but you can also see a quick dashboard that will provide you with stats on your project, how often it’s run, where errors are, and so on. The testing window takes a lot of the guesswork and memory about your testing out of it and leaves you with peace of mind about what your project can and cannot do.
Along with this, Xcode includes ‘bots’ that will look at the versions of your projects and routinely test them out against your server. In other words, as you advance your project, you won’t have to worry about if its still compatible or runs well. The bots will take care of this aspect in the background for you, leaving you free to focus on your coding and not sweat the details.
Version Editor and Source Control
Keeping track of your project versions can be maddening, but the Version Editor keeps track for you. It allows for quick and easy access to prior versions of your code. Also, you can see the highlighted differences between two different versions of the same file so you know what works and what needs editing. Finally, this new software lets you keep multiple versions of the exact same file without having tons of the same file with slightly different version number clogging up your document folders.
Planning your apps flow can be a daunting task. In Xcode, you can see a visual map of where everything is and how it is all connected. You can also quickly adjust the links from one screen to another, and use this as a customized white board to help storyboard out your project from beginning to end.
On top of this, the access to your code is clear, up front, and easy to do. The point of Xcode is to make coding accessible to everyone, regardless of their coding background. With the all new customization tools and features available, the process has never been easier. More than that, you will find that the customization options on your screens, toolbars, windows, and everything else is as simple as point and click, and that makes for a smooth coding experience.
Speaking of point and click, Xcode makes opening everything easy. It’s no big thing to dig into your code windows, to see your project running, or to do a quick test. Most items in Xcode are one click away from the main dashboard, making working with the code a simple task. Imagine not having to dig through hundreds of windows of code. Imagine knowing exactly which version of your project you were on and referencing what worked and what didn’t in one click. With Xcode, you can stop imagining.
The world of app development is quickly becoming open and available for all coders everywhere. With new programming languages, new toolkits, and of course, the power of the Xcode interface, programmers have more tools at their disposal than ever before.
Programming can be tricky, but with an interface like Xcode, it’s never been more accessible. As the tools behind Xcode become more accessible and more people learn how quick and easy the program is, the only roadblock coders will have going forward will be their own imaginations.See the UI Testing here.