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Mac® Application Development For Dummies® by Karl G. Kowalski

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Chapter 2

Mac OS X Coding with Xcode

In This Chapter

arrow Getting the hang of using Xcode

arrow Making Xcode work for you

arrow Getting familiar with the parts of a Macintosh project

Your best friend, worst enemy, helpful assistant, cryptic co-conspirator, and all-around master toolbox of all Macintosh app development will be: Xcode. Apple created Xcode to do nearly everything you will need to do in order to create and support quality Macintosh applications. Those other things that Xcode doesn’t handle for you, Xcode will ensure that you can get to the tools that keep all the other parts of your app and your development process in order.

In this chapter, I show you how to find and install the latest version of Xcode and the full set of Apple development tools, straight from Apple. I also demonstrate the construction of a more-than-simple application from start to finish, so that you can see the basic approach to follow when you create your own apps. I will also introduce Interface Builder, Xcode’s integrated graphical tool that Apple designed to make your life easier when you create the visual interface of your application.

This book uses Xcode. On the web site, Bonus Chapter 1 shows how to become ...

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