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AppCode vs Xcode: What are the differences?

Developers describe AppCode as "IDE for iOS/macOS development". It is an integrated development environment for Swift, Objective-C, C, C++, and JavaScript development built on JetBrains’ IntelliJ IDEA platform. It takes care of your routine tasks and saves you from extra typing. On the other hand, Xcode is detailed as "The complete toolset for building great apps". The Xcode IDE is at the center of the Apple development experience. Tightly integrated with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, Xcode is an incredibly productive environment for building amazing apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

AppCode and Xcode can be primarily classified as "Integrated Development Environment" tools.

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What is AppCode?

It is an integrated development environment for Swift, Objective-C, C, C++, and JavaScript development built on JetBrains’ IntelliJ IDEA platform. It takes care of your routine tasks and saves you from extra typing.

What is Xcode?

The Xcode IDE is at the center of the Apple development experience. Tightly integrated with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, Xcode is an incredibly productive environment for building amazing apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
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        CLion
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        Android Studio
        Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. It provides new features and improvements over Eclipse ADT and will be the official Android IDE once it's ready.
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        PhpStorm is a PHP IDE which keeps up with latest PHP & web languages trends, integrates a variety of modern tools, and brings even more extensibility with support for major PHP frameworks.
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        Sezgi Uluçam
        Sezgi Uluçam
        Sr. Software Engineer at StackShare · | 6 upvotes · 71.8K views
        Android SDK
        Android SDK
        Android Studio
        Android Studio
        React Native
        React Native
        Xcode
        Xcode
        Expo
        Expo

        I've recently switched to using Expo for initializing and developing my React Native apps. Compared to React Native CLI, it's so much easier to get set up and going. Setting up and maintaining Android Studio, Android SDK, and virtual devices used to be such a headache. Thanks to Expo, I can now test my apps directly on my Android phone, just by installing the Expo app. I still use Xcode Simulator for iOS testing, since I don't have an iPhone, but that's easy anyway. The big win for me with Expo is ease of Android testing.

        The Expo SDK also provides convenient features like Facebook login, MapView, push notifications, and many others. https://docs.expo.io/versions/v31.0.0/sdk/

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        Julien DeFrance
        Julien DeFrance
        Principal Software Engineer at Tophatter · | 8 upvotes · 56.2K views
        atSmartZipSmartZip
        React Native
        React Native
        Android Studio
        Android Studio
        Objective-C
        Objective-C
        Xcode
        Xcode
        #MobileDev

        As a Engineering Manager & Director at SmartZip, I had a mix of front-end, back-end, #mobile engineers reporting to me.

        Sprints after sprints, I noticed some inefficiencies on the MobileDev side. People working multiple sprints in a row on their Xcode / Objective-C codebase while some others were working on Android Studio. After which, QA & Product ensured both applications were in sync, on a UI/UX standpoint, creating addional work, which also happened to be extremely costly.

        Our resources being so limited, my role was to stop this bleeding and keep my team productive and their time, valuable.

        After some analysis, discussions, proof of concepts... etc. We decided to move to a single codebase using React Native so our velocity would increase.

        After some initial investment, our initial assumptions were confirmed and we indeed started to ship features a lot faster than ever before. Also, our engineers found a way to perform this upgrade incrementally, so the initial platform-specific codebase wouldn't have to entirely be rewritten at once but only gradually and at will.

        Feedback around React Native was very positive. And I doubt - for the kind of application we had - no one would want to go back to two or more code bases. Our application was still as Native as it gets. And no feature or device capability was compromised.

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        Avatar of Ryan VanBelkum
        Ryan VanBelkum uses XcodeXcode

        Even though React Native takes care of most of the heavy lifting, there are still some cases where we need xcode. These cases include app icon integration, mobile deployments, loading screens, ect...

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        Refractal uses XcodeXcode

        Xcode is our primary development platform for iOS applications, with a very fully featured set of dev tools for the platform. For everything else, there's Sublime Text 3.

        Avatar of Nick De Cooman
        Nick De Cooman uses XcodeXcode

        Experience with Xcode in the context of iOS development. This includes Storyboards, Debugging tools and the Simulator.

        Avatar of Ujjwal Bhujel
        Ujjwal Bhujel uses XcodeXcode

        QA and Testing have been so much easier with the help of its simulators on Apple Devices like; iPhones and iPads.

        Avatar of Promethean TV
        Promethean TV uses XcodeXcode

        PrometheanTV provides SDKs for IOS devices and utilizes the XCode IDE for development and testing purposes.

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