I'm not trying to bash the tool, I just don't want to get bogged
down in the terminology of whether I'm adding a file to a phase or
a target or whatever. Mostly I just want the IDE to do the right
This attitude is exactly what I'm talking about. You want Xcode to
do what you expect, without learning how Xcode works. This is
understandable, but also - I hope you agree - a bit unreasonable.
I agree but I think you misunderstand my position. I subscribe to
the idea that simple things should be done simply and complex things
should be possible. With a basic project you shouldn't be put into a
state where you're getting link errors because you mistakenly drag
the same file into the project twice. All I was trying to do was
make that point without getting sidetracked by the problem that we
don't speak exactly the same language because I'm not up to speed on
Xcode jargon (even though I do find it useful to be educated on the
differences between phases, targets, etc.).
On the other hand perhaps you're right. As a Macintosh user I want
intuitive user interface. In other words, I want my apps to do what
I expect without learning how they work. That's why Mac UI design
takes so much more work than other platforms. To be frank, that's
the expectation Apple set itself up for when it unveiled Xcode by
saying it was bringing Apple's world class UI know-how to development
tools. To me, that's the campaign promise that I want to hold Xcode
to now that's it's been elected the sole Mac IDE. Sometimes
unreasonable is good.
That said, I think that your problems with adopting the Xcode
mental model is interesting and important - and should be valuable
to the Xcode development team. Why don't you keep a list of all
stumbling blocks you encounter the first few weeks of using Xcode,
and email them to <email@hidden>?
Okay, it's nice to have a channel for feedback on all those little
quirks before they become second nature.
Thanks for the info. I did manage to get this setup, I'm mostly
just lost in the jargon at the moment. Unfortunately this toolbar
item doesn't appear to be available to me in the condensed
layout. I guess I just have to go find the right submenu in the
It is there, but it's called "Active Build Configuration" since
Xcode 2.x. It's also available from the "Project > Set Active Build
When I bring up the toolbar customization window the three "active"
popups are dimmed. Since I've just been discovering some differences
between the default and condensed layout, I jumped to the conclusion
those dimmed items weren't available in my layout mode. It turns out
they work fine, I just had to ignore the fact that they're dim in the
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