Drone.io vs Xcode: What are the differences?
What is Drone.io? Open source continuous integration platform built on Docker. Drone is a hosted continuous integration service. It enables you to conveniently set up projects to automatically build, test, and deploy as you make changes to your code Drone integrates seamlessly with Github, Bitbucket and Google Code as well as third party services such as Heroku, Dotcloud, Google AppEngine and more..
What is Xcode? 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.
Drone.io can be classified as a tool in the "Continuous Integration" category, while Xcode is grouped under "Integrated Development Environment".
Some of the features offered by Drone.io are:
- Free for open-source
- GitHub, BitBucket integration
- Browser testing
On the other hand, Xcode provides the following key features:
- Source Editor
- Assistant Editor
- Asset Catalog
"Open source" is the top reason why over 45 developers like Drone.io, while over 127 developers mention "IOS Development" as the leading cause for choosing Xcode.
According to the StackShare community, Xcode has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1052 company stacks & 603 developers stacks; compared to Drone.io, which is listed in 47 company stacks and 20 developer stacks.
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