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21 August 2012, 14:52

JetBrains' AppCode IDE speeds up Objective-C development

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With the release of version 1.6 of AppCode, the developers at JetBrains have improved the speed of their Objective-C development environment on large projects and added several new features. The updated Rename and Introduce refactorings work within the editor with no dialogs appearing, while several new inspection and code completion features should make writing code easier. One new inspection is "ARC issues" which assists developers migrating to Apple's new memory management scheme.

The preview feature is now fully compatible with versions 4.4 and 4.5 of Apple's Xcode development environment, and support for CocoaPods projects has been added. One major update is that AppCode is much improved internationalisation (i18n) support within the application including detection of non-localised strings.

C/C++ support has also been improved, with native C++11 and libc++ libraries now supported out of the box. Features such as auto, decltype, lambda expressions, r-value references, strictly typed enumerations, template aliases and others are available in 1.6, as are the Implement and Override functions. The new build settings editor allows build settings to be configured directly from within a project. The developers have also made it easier to switch between Simulator and Device for testing and debugging iPhone/iPad applications.

A complete overview of new features in AppCode 1.6 can be found on the What's New page. AppCode is available to download from the company's site as a 30 day trial. Paid commercial, professional and academic licenses are available for £155, £77 and £23 plus VAT respectively; for existing users, version 1.6 is a free update. Licences for use with open source projects and in classroom environments are available free of charge.

(Harald M. Genauck / crve)

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