At the Worldwide Developer Conference today, Apple announced Xcode, a new set of developer tools. Developers attending WWDC will receive a free preview release of Xcode at the conference. Xcode will be available to Select and Premier Apple Developer Connection (ADC) members online. From the Apple Press Release:
With the Xcode Fix and Continue feature, developers can make live code changes to a running application and see their effect immediately without the need to restart the application. Dramatically reduced turnaround times are achieved with Zero Link which removes the linking stage for all development builds. Project build times are minimized through a Rendezvous?-enabled Distributed Build feature allowing developers to compile applications using multiple systems.
The stunning and easy-to-navigate user interface in Xcode represents a revolutionary approach to developer productivity by presenting all the information and tools developers need in a streamlined interface similar to the successful iTunes? and iPhoto? consumer applications. Smart Groups, similar to Playlists in iTunes, provide a powerful and easy new way to organize projects while Fast Find delivers a consistent search interface with live indexing that refines searches as they are entered. Code completion increases accuracy while API documentation is accessible directly from the source code editor allowing fewer distractions and higher productivity. An easy migration path for CodeWarrior allows developers to directly import CodeWarrior project files into Xcode.
Xcode fully supports new Apple technologies and is built to optimize applications for the next generation Apple PowerPC G5 processor. Developers can use AppleScript? and Appleis graphical development tools to quickly create native Mac OS X applications that take advantage of Appleis rich Cocoa? programming environment and Aqua? user interface.
More information can be found in the Apple press release.