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Eclipse vs Xcode: What are the differences?

What is Eclipse? IDE for Java EE Developers. Standard Eclipse package suited for Java and plug-in development plus adding new plugins; already includes Git, Marketplace Client, source code and developer documentation Click here to file a bug against Eclipse Platform..

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.

Eclipse and Xcode can be categorized as "Integrated Development Environment" tools.

"Does it all" is the primary reason why developers consider Eclipse over the competitors, whereas "IOS Development" was stated as the key factor in picking Xcode.

Pinterest, Instacart, and Lyft are some of the popular companies that use Xcode, whereas Eclipse is used by Intuit, Webedia, and hike. Xcode has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1051 company stacks & 603 developers stacks; compared to Eclipse, which is listed in 248 company stacks and 140 developer stacks.

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What is Eclipse?

Standard Eclipse package suited for Java and plug-in development plus adding new plugins; already includes Git, Marketplace Client, source code and developer documentation. Click here to file a bug against Eclipse Platform.

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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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.
Visual Studio
Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications.
IntelliJ IDEA
Out of the box, IntelliJ IDEA provides a comprehensive feature set including tools and integrations with the most important modern technologies and frameworks for enterprise and web development with Java, Scala, Groovy and other languages.
NetBeans IDE
NetBeans IDE is FREE, open source, and has a worldwide community of users and developers.
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Sezgi Ulu莽am
Sezgi Ulu莽am
Sr. Software Engineer at StackShare | 6 upvotes 67.8K 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 54.6K 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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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.

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Casey Smith uses EclipseEclipse

Develop and debug Java code using standard Eclipse distribution. No special plugins; standard Maven and Git integration.

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Nick De Cooman uses XcodeXcode

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

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Ana Phi Sancho uses EclipseEclipse

Self taught : acquired knowledge or skill on one's own initiative. Platform: OSX 10.8 or later, Windows 7 & 10' Linux

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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.

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Promethean TV uses XcodeXcode

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

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Ducamp Laurent uses EclipseEclipse

I use as Java IDE for Spring. A packaged eclipse version exists. It was called STS (Spring Tool Suite).

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Zachary Melacncon uses EclipseEclipse

Used for Java back-end for and Angular front-end project.

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Skriglitz uses EclipseEclipse

My IDE of choice for developing pages and backend

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