New AppCode 3.4 EAP: updated Podfile completion, improved build messages and more!

Hi everyone,

We are happy to announce that a fresh build (144.4199) is now available for download. The patch update is also available if you are using a previous 3.4 EAP build.

While we are working hard on the big Swift support features from our roadmap, we do not forget about general IDE experience and valuable integrations.

Build messages

Since the first Swift version was released, many messages have been added to xcodebuild output that were reported as notes in AppCode build messages window (Cmd+0). While some of these messages were actual compiler notes, most of them did not contain any valuable information, so even in the case of small Swift project there were many irrelevant messages after build. Starting from this version, parsing of xcodebuild messages is significantly improved:

  • All build phases that do not contain really valuable information (such as Writing auxiliary files… for example) are shown only as a build progress messages in the IDE status bar.
  • Build progress messages were revised and now every build phase should have a correct and user-friendly description
    Progress messages
  • Information shown in Messages window is limited to actual compiler notes, warnings and errors (with the exception of Run script phases output displayed as notes):
    Progress messages
  • Issue with false errors appearing in build messages has been fixed

Please note that the problem with “Included from…” messages is still present and will be fixed in one of the upcoming EAP builds.

Completion in Podfiles

CocoaPods manager has been integrated into AppCode since version 2.5. You can create Podfiles directly from the IDE, update and install your pods right from the project context menu, and edit Podfiles – with completion, highlighting and on-the-fly inspections for pods specifications available.

This version adds the following statements to the Podfile completion list:

Watch the small demo below to see all these features in action:

Swift support

From the Swift side this build delivers the following improvements:

  • Go to definition for Swift methods now shows full signature – parameters and return type (OC-13112)
  • Parsing for variadic parameters in closures (OC-13164) and functions (OC-12584) at any position, and for variadics in type elements (OC-13166)
  • Fix for parser errors in if-case-let constructions
  • Correct resolve for typealias initializers (OC-11647)

Finally, C++ users will be glad to know that unpleasant issue with unexpected headers suggested for STL symbols while using auto-import is fixed. View complete release notes here.

Download the build and give it a try right now. As usual, the EAP doesn’t require an active license and you can use it for free for 30 days.

Your AppCode team
The Drive to Develop