'Marble' Project Actually Xcode 4?

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In January 2009, both MacRumors and Daring Fireball's John Gruber began hearing rumors that Apple was working on a project code-named "Marble" that was believed to be an overhaul of the Mac OS X interface set to appear with Snow Leopard later that year.

As time went by, however, Gruber noted that "Marble" was unlikely to appear in Mac OS X Snow Leopard, and indeed the new operating system did not carry the significant overhaul many had been hoping for, leading to speculation that it could still appear in Mac OS X 10.7 whenever that sees the light of day.

Yesterday, Gruber revealed that "Marble" actually appears not to be a Mac OS X interface revamp but an overhaul of Xcode, Apple's developer tools for Mac OS X and iOS. A beta version of Xcode 4 was previewed at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference earlier this month, but with the sessions covered by non-disclosure agreements, it was taken some time for details on the update to come out. One of the major changes in Xcode 4 is the integration of Interface Builder into the larger Xcode application, creating a unified interface that comprises the "Marble" project.
Xcode 4 is still in beta, Apple doesn't have screenshots available, and what was shown at WWDC 2010 is covered by NDA. But if you have a developer account, you can get a tour of the new interface by watching the Developer Tools State of the Union session. It is, to say the least, a major overhaul - primarily focused on doing more within a single window, even going so far as to bake Interface Builder into Xcode itself. According to several informed sources at WWDC, that's the "Marble" project.
It is unknown when Xcode 4 will make its official debut, but it appears to promise a significantly enhanced development environment for creating and testing applications.

Article Link: 'Marble' Project Actually Xcode 4?
 

guzhogi

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Now I know why I haven't been allowed to download Xcode 4: it hasn't been released yet. I thought it would've come out w/ iOS 4. Wonder why I still can't download the beta, even as a paid developer.
 

Stella

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From the details leaks on Internet ( quite a few on Twitter ), XCode 4 looks like its going to be fanstatic. There's a few screenshosts as well - but they don't reveal much though.


a screenshot ( there's a few more but I don't have the links at the moment )
http://twitpic.com/1vjcml/full

Itching for XCode 4 to be released.
 

invertedworld

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WWDC videos including XCode 4 now available to registered developers

I got an email from Apple a couple of days ago inviting me to view WWDC sessions via iTunes. I am a registered developer (cost = free) and had to agree to the NDA when I joined up. The videos include a preview of XCode 4 but more than that I can't say. However as it's free to sign up, I can't see why anyone interested can't do what I did.
 

Gauthic

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I'm very impressed with that I've seen in the changes to XCode4 via the recently release iTunes University movies released to registered developers earlier this week (http://developer.apple.com/videos/wwdc/2010/).

This really puts XCode in league with Visual Studio in terms of integration and power. Sure it's no double-click to create a function, but it's pretty darned close! Register to see the changes yourself. :)
 

vile

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xcode4 is pretty awesome if you check out the wwdc videos. Really looking forward to it.
 

odedia

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Now I know why I haven't been allowed to download Xcode 4: it hasn't been released yet. I thought it would've come out w/ iOS 4. Wonder why I still can't download the beta, even as a paid developer.
Because it's still not in beta, it's a developer preview. They gave it only to WWDC attendees at the moment. It has a ton of work left.
 

brent0saurus

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I would still be surprised if 10.7 didn't have some sort of UI refresh.
Definitely. Windows 7 actually looks really good. The gap is hardly there anymore! I mean, for YEARS OS X looked a million times better than Windows and that's no longer the case.

I personally can't wait to see what Apple has in store for 10.7... Let's just hope it's not iOS
 

realgenius

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I find it quite interesting that while Xcode 4 is moving to a single window display, Microsoft is trumpeting "multi-monitor support" for its new version of Visual Studio.

Check the preview and be jealous of the shiny, Xcoders:



Yes, that was sarcasm.
 

longofest

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I've heard from developers using XCode 4 that it is truly a "beta". Among the complaints:

- extremely long install time (1 hour +)
- gets slower after extended use, requiring quit and restart.
 

Erwin-Br

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I find it quite interesting that while Xcode 4 is moving to a single window display, Microsoft is trumpeting "multi-monitor support" for its new version of Visual Studio.

Check the preview and be jealous of the shiny, Xcoders:



Yes, that was sarcasm.
Very original joke to customize a screen like that. We haven't seen that before. :rolleyes:

Yes, also sarcasm.

And most professional developers work with two screens. Having your code in one, while checking out the results in another is very convenient and efficient.
 

ibgarrett

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I'm wondering how closely XCode4 will be tied to 10.7. That might be part of the hold up that 10.7 will be required to run the latest XCode software... just a thought.
 

slb

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I'm wondering how closely XCode4 will be tied to 10.7. That might be part of the hold up that 10.7 will be required to run the latest XCode software... just a thought.
WWDC attendees can already download and run Xcode. It requires 10.6.
 

Saladinos

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Thanks for noting XCode 4. IMO, it was Apple's other show-stopping moment at WWDC.

iPhone 4-like in magnitude and excitement. You've got to watch the Developer Tools' State of the Union to really get it.
 
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