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iPad Application Design & Development

This page presents one in a series of modules comprised by the course EDUC 439/639: iPad Application Design & Development.

Module 2: Installing Xcode

In the previous module, you learned how to become an Apple Developer. Now you install Xcode, which is the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for creating Mac apps and iOS apps. Xcode runs on Macintosh desktop and laptop computers. Before you install XCode, you need to update your Mac and install the latest version of OS X. Then you can install Xcode and be ready to develop your first app.

After completing this module, you will be able to:

After you have become an Apple Developer you can log on to the Apple Development Center and have access to the comprehensive developer support services and resources that Apple provides to developers.

One of the first things you should do is run Software Update on your Mac. To run Software Update, click the Apple Iconin the left corner of your Mac's menu bar to pop out the menu, and choose Software Update.

Next, you log on to Apple's iOS Development Center and follow the link to download Xcode. It will explain how you install Xcode from the App Store on your Mac. Note: At the iOS Development Center, you may see "Developer Preview" versions, which are beta-test releases of forthcoming software. In this course, unless you need a feature that is not available in the standard release, you should install the latest release that is not in beta.