How I like to code

Xcode plugin for Perforce

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I use Perforce as my version control system and Xcode as my IDE.

Unfortunately, Apple removed Perforce support from Xcode a whiles back for reasons unknown.

So, to work around the problem, I started to use of DTerm… but I wanted more.

I created AppleScripts for both Xcode4 and Xcode5 which was better, but… I wanted more.

So, I took the plung and wrote a plugin for Xcode using Swift.

The plugin is hosted on Perforce’s Swarm website, which you can download and build in Xcode. Once you build the project, the plugin is automatically installed for you.

Pay attention to the README.md file: you will need set up files that contain the settings for your workspace, or workspaces, and those settings file are used by the plugin to do it’s work.

A big thanks to Delisa Mason for writing a Xcode plugin template. This template was a huge help in creating the plugin and the template available in the Alcatraz package manager as well as in GitHub: https://github.com/kattrali/Xcode-Plugin-Template

If you don’t know what Alcatraz is, you should check out at http://alcatraz.io

Xcode dylib constructor destructor

I meant to post this link a while ago, but here it is anyway:
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So, in a dylib, you can have code execute when the dylib is loaded and execute code when the dylib is being unloaded:

__attribute__((constructor))
static void initializer1() {
    printf("[%s] [%s]\n", __FILE__, __FUNCTION__);
}
 
__attribute__((constructor))
static void initializer2() {
    printf("[%s] [%s]\n", __FILE__, __FUNCTION__);
} 
__attribute__((destructor))
static void finalizer1() {
    printf("[%s] [%s]\n", __FILE__, __FUNCTION__);
}
 
__attribute__((destructor))
static void finalizer2() {
    printf("[%s] [%s]\n", __FILE__, __FUNCTION__);
}

openframeworks plugin for Xcode

Sweet! Now you can add open frameworks add ons to your project from a Xcode plugin: https://github.com/admsyn/OFPlugin

Of course, if you have Alcatraz, you won’t need to go to the github site to download the plugin, just get it from “Package Manager” within Xcode

You can run Swift code from the command line?

WAT? Now this is something else! practicalswift.com

A package manager for Xcode named Alcatraz

I learned about a package manager for Xcode named Alcatraz when I attended CocoaConf in San Jose earlier this year.

Extending the functionality of Xcode through plugins has been something I’ve been looking into for a while and the only plugins I knew about in the wild could only be found through Google searches or on NSHipster.com

alcatraz_xcode_packagemanager

The tool makes it much easier to find plugins for Xcode. Buuuut, it actually also serves up themes, templates and more, all from a menu available within Xcode.

Installation is also simple. Type in a single Terminal command and hooorah, it’s installed: curl -fsSL https://raw.github.com/supermarin/Alcatraz/master/Scripts/install.sh | sh

Oh, and if you are looking to attend an Apple developer conference, you should definitely consider CocoaConf: the attendee group is primarily developers, attendees and speakers are easy to approach and exchange ideas with, and as they had advertised on CocoaConf’s site, the food is good.

And now, another language

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You know, I was getting quite comfortable with Obj-C, C++11, and everything else I had learned over the years… now Apple has to go and introduce another language: Swift

I don’t know what to make of it. How much better can it be than Obj-C? I guess I’ll find out over the course of the year.

I do have to say though, that “let” and “var” are pretty cool, in the same way that “auto” is pretty cool in C++11.

Oh, and if you haven’t already read Herb Sutter’s article on why you should use “auto” in your code, check it out here: AAA

Aaaargh! Stop auto substituting my text!

Ugh!

I’ve been running into problems with my Jenkins scripts that would fail when attempting to run my p4 commands, because the three periods I inserted into the p4 command were automatically converted to an ellipsis by MacOSX, which is not a good thing: Three dots are automatically changed to an ellipsis

Windows disk space analyzer

So, if you need a good program to show you where your disk space is being used, in Windows, check out Space Sniffer

Perforce and Xcode5

In a previous post, Perforce and Xcode4, I created applescripts to work with Xcode4 and Perforce.

I updated the AppleScripts to work with Xcode5 only and added a couple of new scripts.

One, called p4_file_renamed.scpt, is used to update the renamed file Perforce when you are using Xcodes rename functionality, either directly or through the refactor functionality.

The other two scripts get the filename of the currently selected file or the full path of the file which is useful for when you want to find a file by path in P4V.

You can download the file here: xcode5_p4_applescripts

Preventing clang from examinging file during static analysis

Kick ass compiler!

Ok, so if you want to avoid a file from being analyzed during a static analysis, you can use the following example
#ifndef __clang_analyzer__
// code clang should not analyze
#endif

http://clang-analyzer.llvm.org/faq.html