I don't really have a 'programming' question. I just have an Xcode IDE question. I have only used C++ on PC's. I loaded Xcode 8 on my Mac so that I could retire my PC. I only want to make console programs for own personal use on my own computer. I started a project just to see what it was like and part way in I am asked to create a developer account and provide Applestore ID login information. Do I have to do everything under the ever watchful eye of the Applestore? One can never completely cut the umbilical cord to the internet, but I try to limit my exposure where I can. Xcode does not seem inclined to let me proceed without setting up a developer account with Apple. I looked through a book on Xcode and it did not answer this question. It was for Xcode 4 and the latest version is 8. I did not see a book on Xcode 8 at the bookstore. I seem to recall that Xcode had originally only been available to registered developers but I had heard that was no longer the case. Is this really necessary? Does this mean that whenever I use Xcode I need to be tethered to the Applestore?