Xcode 4- The Windows Vista of Apple IDEs?

29.03.2011
A major update to Apple's iOS IDE was released a few days ago and so far Xcode 4's weaknesses greatly outweigh its strengths. After having spent a bit of time with Xcode 4, I am strongly considering going back to the old version. Google "i hate xcode 4" and you'll see I'm not the only one considering an IDE downgrade. Here are just a few of the reasons Xcode 4 may end up being the Windows Vista of Apple IDEs.

Slowwww

All the bells and whistles of the new interface come at quite a price. Granted my development machine is no spring chicken (I'm still rocking an ancient Core 2 Duo), but Xcode 3 performed lightning fast. Opening new tabs or one of the seemingly infinite side bars in Xcode 4 (more on that later) chug along with what I could imagine would be nice animations if they weren't so slow and choppy. Quick info that used to be available at the whim of a key command, such as opening the Debugging Console, now require a button press and a wait through a sliding animation.

Resource Hog

I don't usually hear my MacBook Pro fan working this hard unless I'm playing a game or browsing a Flash site. Again, I know my laptop is on the older side, but I should really be able to write code and listen to iTunes without experiencing skips in music. Perhaps all the new constant background error checking is the culprit- I admit it could be kind of cool but does anyone know how to turn it off?

Unstable