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Chapter 15. Development Tools > Project Builder

15.4. Project Builder

The Project Builder application is your center for all Cocoa and Carbon application development. It lets you construct and manage projects, which it defines as collections of files—source code, libraries, and resource files—that go into an application. Included in Project Builder are context-aware text editors (featuring syntax highlighting and "smart" indentation), and frontends to the GNU project's gcc compiler[1] and gdb debugger.

[1] Technically speaking, Mac OS X uses an Apple-modified version of gcc that is more proficient with Objective-C than the GNU project's official version. Details, including source code, are available as part of the Darwin project.

Figure 15-1 shows a typical Project Builder window. The window has two sections: a list on the left and a detail view on the right. The nature of each is determined by which tab you have currently selected. Describing these views also gives us a brief tour of Project Builder's abilities:


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