Projects in Xcode

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by pollo, Mar 31, 2007.

  1. pollo macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2007
    hello everyone im new to the forum. Im currently taking computer science I and i am starting to learn all about java. At school all i have used is jCreator. i would just build files and run them; if i needed to make more than one i just put them all into one folder.(I did this all without projects) Now i have switched to a Mac things arent so easy because Xcode requires me to make projects, which i know nothing about or how to use them. I have tried to look at the guides and tutorials but they are too hardcore and are hard to understand for me because im just a beginner. I just want to make a few classes and be able to run them. For example, my assignment last week was to make a car class with 2 subclasses, sportscar and lemon. im just creating simple programs and it gets a bit frustrating with all this project thing. Can someone out there please help me? i would be eternally grateful:)
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    Xcode isn't great for Java, professionally you use Eclipse or something, but for a beginner you need a simple text editor, which I'm sure you can get some suggestions for, though for now you can use Xcode (without projects). This is just to save the files as .java files, then use javac on the command line to compile them. Your lecturer should be able to help you with javac.
  3. lazydog macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2005
    Cramlington, UK

    I find Xcode more than adequate for developing Java programs. A little patience and you will get used to its interface. Xcode has several 'layouts'. I find the 'all in one' layout the easiest to work with. You can change the layout mode under 'Preferences'. In Xcode select 'new project'. From the list of available projects select 'Java Tool'. The standard project settings should be fine. Assuming you are in 'all in one' layout, select the 'Build' view. This is the hammer icon in the top left of the window. You can add files by right clicking in the Groups & Files tree. Just hit build and run. Pretty simple really? You might find it easier if you customise the menu bar. The only thing you need to do in a new project is reveal the editor. Easiest way is to select 'Zoom editor in' under the 'View' menu item.

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  4. pMay macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2007
    I defenitly would use Eclipse cause it has alot of plugins that are very helpful. Also many other ppl are using it.

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