Under the Bridge

AppCode IDE

So we noticed this tweet:

Experimenting with http://bit.ly/epgjkC AppCode – powerful alternative to XCode4

“Alternative to” Xcode 4? That sounds like rather a solution in search of a problem, doesn’t it? Well, let’s see:

Why try AppCode?

Because of a truly smart code editor, with

  1. Thought-out and convenient code navigation
  2. On the fly code analysis with quick-fix suggestions
  3. Project-wide usages search for classes, methods, variables, resources
  4. Instant code transformation intention actions, including i18n support
  5. Better code refactorings: ‘Change Signature’, ‘Extract Method’, etc.

Hmmm. Well, those are good things no doubt, but seriously, enough to always put yourself behind the curve with your tools? Googled around a bit, and found an announcement interview:

InfoQ: What drove the decision to develop appCode?

Maxim: We at JetBrains admire what Apple has done to desktop apps and more generally to a consumer targeted software. They’re setting new interaction design quality standards. But this is not the case when it comes to developers software, in our opinion. So we see a great opportunity for JetBrains to bring its development tools expertise to this emerging market of developers, who know how a great software should look, who care about their productivity and code quality.

Well, if you say so. We’re kinda unconvinced still, but hey, maybe these guys will turn out to be the CodeWarrior of the new millennium. Doesn’t seem overly likely … but hey, if you’re interested enough to try it out, let us know what you think!