How to Customize Xcode for Your iPad App

By Neal Goldstein, Tony Bove

Xcode gives you options galore when it comes to creating an iPad app; you probably won’t customize much of Xcode until you have a bit more programming experience under your belt, but a few customization options are actually worth thinking about now.

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1Launch Xcode.

By default, Xcode is downloaded to /Developer/Applications, where you can track it down to launch it. When you launch Xcode, you see the Welcome screen.

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2Choose Xcode→Preferences from the main menu and click the Debugging button on the toolbar.

The Xcode Preferences window refreshes to show the Debugging pane.

3Choose Show Console from the On Start drop-down menu; then click Apply.

This step automatically opens the Console after you build your app, so you won’t have to take the extra step of opening the Console to see your app’s output.

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4Click the Building button in the toolbar.

The Building pane appears.

5(Optional) In the Build Results Window section of the Building pane, choose Always from the Open During Builds drop-down menu; then click Apply.

The Always choice opens the Build Results window and keeps it open. You might not like this, but some people find that having the Build Results window onscreen all the time makes it easier to find and fix errors.

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6Click the Documentation button on the toolbar.

You may have to scroll the toolbar horizontally to access it.

7Select Check For and Install Updates Automatically and then click the Check and Install Now button.

This step ensures that the documentation remains up-to-date and also allows you to load and access other documentation.

8If you want the Editor to show line numbers, click Text Editing in the Xcode Preferences toolbar.

The Text Editing pane appears.

9Select the Show Line Numbers check box.

This check box appears under Display Options.

10Click OK.

The Xcode Preferences window closes.