The Software Development Times, which bills itself as "The Industry Newspaper for Software Development Managers," has taken a positive look at Appleis Xcode, a development environment announced at this yearis Worldwide Developers Conference. The article looks at some of the supported programming languages, such as C, C++, Objective-C, Java and AppleScript, along with some of Xcodeis features like zero-link builds, predictive compiles, distributed builds, and more. From the Software Development Times:
Since its earliest days, Apple Computer Inc. has had a relationship with developers marked by cycles of great enthusiasm interspersed with periods of mutual indifference. In the early days, Apple provided scads of info about toolboxes and A-line traps to members of its developer networks. This program, which was the antecedent to Microsoftis MSDN and IBMis developerWorks, fizzled out in the Sculley era. Until recently, developers were not made to feel quite as welcome as they were in those early, exciting days. But now, Apple is wooing developers in compelling ways as if it were trying to make up for the lost time.
Not only has the company substantially improved the tools, it has bundled them with the operating system at no cost. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company will continue this remarkable giveaway later this year when it releases the latest version of its Xcode development environment with the release of Mac OS X 10.3 (code-named "Panther"). I examined a beta release of this Xcode running on Mac OS X 10.2 and was pleasantly surprised by what I found.