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Xcode is Apple Inc.'s Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for developing applications and other software for Mac OS X. First released in 2003, it is shipped free with Mac OS X 10.3, but is able to develop OS X applications that can run on any version of OS X. It extends and replaces Apple's earlier tool, Project Builder, which was inherited from NeXT. However, Xcode officially does not work in Mac OS X 10.2.

Xcode works hand in hand with Interface Builder (also inherited from NeXT), a graphical tool used to create user interfaces.

Xcode includes GCC, and can compile C, C++, Objective C++, Java, and Objective C source code with a variety of programming models, including but not limited to Cocoa, Carbon, and Java.).

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