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Hello, App Development for Mac OS X and iOS

To get started, register and sign up for a developer program so you can download Xcode from developer.apple.com. If you are not certain that you want to register as a developer, you can purchase Xcode alone from the Mac App store. It is currently free. Starting with Xcode 4.3.1, it is an app just like any other you download from the App Store. It comes with a variety of tools as shown in Figure 1.1. (Prior to Xcode 4.3.1, it and the tools were installed in a special Developer folder.)

Launch Xcode to open the window shown in Figure 1.2. (While you are at it, you might want to set the option to keep it in the Dock. Some people like to launch Xcode directly; others launch it by opening the Xcode project document they are currently working on.)

Figure 1.1

Figure 1.1 Xcode comes with a variety of developer apps.

Figure 1.2

Figure 1.2 Launch Xcode.

As you can see in Figure 1.2, from this point you can create a new project, get help, and generally get started with Xcode.

  • At this point, you can get started using Xcode by creating a simple app as described in Hour 2, “Creating a Simple App,” p. 49.

This hour continues with an exploration of the Xcode window and how to use it.

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