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Alternative to xCode for Windows?

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#1 soysauceedm


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Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:14 PM


I'm taking a development class for Spring 2013 and the school has decided to change the course to teach exclusively Objective C (before it was Java, C++, etc).

Only problem is, the class will be using xCode, I don't have a Mac so I'm not going to be able to work on projects at home...

Is there an alternative to xCode for Windows?

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:43 PM

Mono Project ... it's comparable for xcode or iphone development ... u might want to check it out.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:48 AM

I'm not actually too aware of any native Windows IDE's or even cross-platform IDE's for Objective-C unfortunately since there is no Windows support for a Objective-C Compiler.

Mono Project is actually a cross-platform C# Compiler using Mono as the library. There might be a Mono Compiler for Objective-C but none that will be what you will be learning in-class, unfortunately since Mono is significantly different.

Doing a quick Google Search came this though. It does look promising but the website seems a bit outdated and let's hope the software doesn't follow the same suite. As for anything compared to XCode as an IDE for Windows, it would be quite difficult. XCode is built extremely well so unless you're able to adjust yourself to another IDE smoothly with how your lecturer does it in XCode, it might be easier to use uni computers, unfortunately.
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 05:51 AM

and then follow this to setup objective C http://wiki.codebloc...tive-C_Compiler

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 07:20 AM

Did some reading, There's a GNUStep project that gets mentioned a lot as potentially helpful, along with MinGW as a compiler. Now, whether those will compile xCode projects or not is a completely different question.

I also found this website that explains how to set up a VM for doing development: http://ipodtoucher55...on-windows.html I have no idea whether it will work well or not, though.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 08:04 AM

and then follow this to setup objective C http://wiki.codebloc...tive-C_Compiler

That is what i would do!

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