Swift: Fun with Xcode

This is Xcode.

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This is Xcode on Drugs

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How do I get Xcode on Drugs?

cd /Applications/Xcode6-Beta.app/Contents/MacOS/
./Xcode -NSShowAllViews YES

You’re welcome

Are you out of your mind? Xcode on Drugs? WTF?

It’s not so much the pretty colors as trying to figure out where all the view boundaries are because today I was exploring the playground and trying to figure out some of what makes it tick.

Did you find out?

Meh, a bit. Not everything.


Today I discovered that assistant-window output panes turn blue when you select them. I also discovered that you can sometimes click the bit to the right of the “X” close button and toggle them between full size and partial output.


What else did you learn?

Finally figured out how to get back the Console output after closing it by accident:

  1. Select the playground (in the Editor pane)
  2. Choose Editor > Execute Playground

Not only does the Console re-appear but you get some great animation effects as the entire playground is reset and run. Mark Dalrymple¬†captured the following awesome “Bill the Cat” effect as the playground ran and output some details to the assistant panes.


Did that. The console didn’t come back.

Quit and restart Xcode.

So what does the whole grayed out Reset Playground option do?

Darn if I know. I have never seen that baby un-grayed. If you have any idea, please let me know.

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