Xcode Interface

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In the Xcode, you have three separate areas of working - Navigators (in red), Debug area(in green) and Utilities(in blue).

The workspace window always includes the editor area. When you select a file in your project, its contents appear in the editor area, where Xcode opens the file in an appropriate editor. For example, in the image above, the editor area MainViewController.swift, a swift code file that is selected in the Navigator area on the left of the workspace window.

Navigator Area

The navigator window contains the following eight options:

The Editors

Most development work in Xcode occurs in the editor area, the main area that is always visible within the workspace window. The editors you use most often are:

Configure the editor area for a given task with the editor configuration buttons on the right side of the toolbar:

Resources and Elements in Utilities Area

The utilities area on the far right of the workspace window gives you quick access to these resources: Inspectors, for viewing and modifying characteristics of the file open in an editor Libraries of ready-made resources for use in your project

The top panel of the utilities area displays inspectors. The bottom pane gives you access to libraries.

The first panel (highlighted in red) is the Inspector bar, use it to choose the inspector best suited to your current task. Two inspectors are always visible in the inspector bar (additional inspectors are available in some editors):

Use the Library bar (the second highlighted in red) to access ready-to-use libraries of resources for your project:

To use a library, drag it directly to the appropriate area. For example, to use a code snippet, drag it from the library to the source editor; to create a source file from a file template, drag its template to the project navigator.

To restrict the items displayed in a selected library, type relevant text into the text field in the Filter bar (the bottom pane). For example, type “button” in the text field to show all the buttons in the Objects library.

Manage Tasks with the Workspace Toolbar

The toolbar at the top of the workspace window provides quick access to frequently used commands. The Run button builds and runs your products. The Stop button terminates your running code. The Scheme menu lets you configure the products you want to build and run. The activity viewer shows the progress of tasks currently executing by displaying status messages, build progress, and other information about your project.

The editor configuration buttons (the first group of three buttons) let you configure the editor area, and the workspace configuration buttons (the second group of three buttons) hide or show the optional navigator, debug, and utilities areas.

The View menu includes commands to hide or show the toolbar.

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