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.
Xcode is a tool in the Integrated Development Environment category of a tech stack.

Who uses Xcode?

1364 companies reportedly use Xcode in their tech stacks, including Pinterest, Instacart, and Lyft.

3300 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Xcode.

Xcode Integrations

CircleCI, Buildkite, Greenhouse, Cocoa Touch (iOS), and Cocoa (OS X) are some of the popular tools that integrate with Xcode. Here's a list of all 9 tools that integrate with Xcode.

Why developers like Xcode?

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use Xcode
Xcode Reviews

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Xcode in their tech stack.

Julien DeFrance
Julien DeFrance
Full Stack Engineering Manager at ValiMail · | 8 upvotes · 23.3K views
React Native
Android Studio

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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Sezgi Uluçam
Sezgi Uluçam
Sr. Software Engineer at StackShare · | 6 upvotes · 23.4K views
Android SDK
Android Studio
React Native

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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Ujjwal Bhujel
Ujjwal Bhujel
Full-stack Developer at Evans Dixon Group · | 1 upvotes · 871 views

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

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Jonathan Kingsley
Jonathan Kingsley
Founder at Refractal · | 1 upvotes · 870 views

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. Xcode

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captain of a starship at electronic dreams · | 1 upvotes · 860 views

used xcode extensively for debugging ios software. been using it on and off for 6 years or so. Xcode

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Chris Barnett
Chris Barnett
CTO at Promethean TV · | 1 upvotes · 859 views
atPromethean TVPromethean TV

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

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Xcode's Features

  • Source Editor
  • Assistant Editor
  • Asset Catalog
  • OpenGL Frame Capture
  • Version Editor
  • Interface Builder Built In
  • iOS Simulator
  • Integrated Build System
  • Continuous Integration
  • Instrument Library
  • Command Line Tools

Xcode Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Xcode?
Visual Studio
Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications.
Writing code is interactive and fun, the syntax is concise yet expressive, and apps run lightning-fast. Swift is ready for your next iOS and OS X project — or for addition into your current app — because Swift code works side-by-side with Objective-C.
Cocoa (OS X)
Much of Cocoa is implemented in Objective-C, an object-oriented language that is compiled to run at incredible speed, yet employs a truly dynamic runtime making it uniquely flexible. Because Objective-C is a superset of C, it is easy to mix C and even C++ into your Cocoa applications.
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.
At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it.
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Xcode's Followers
3067 developers follow Xcode to keep up with related blogs and decisions.
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