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Beginning Xcode: Swift Edition by Matthew Knott

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Introduction

Welcome to Beginning Xcode, the book that aims to give you all the knowledge to start writing applications using what is probably the most powerful integrated development environment (IDE) ever.And that IDE is free.

As with many Apple products, Xcode has simplicity and ease of use in abundance, but don’t be fooled: the shiny exterior masks a workhorse of a tool, incredibly powerful and with an extensive set of integrated tools for every eventuality. Xcode is the development environment that all other IDEs have a poster of pinned to their bedroom walls.

Xcode hasn’t always been this shining Rock God of awesomeness; it used to be a sorry band of ragtag applications. When I first picked up Xcode 3 in 2007, I remember going through a ...

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