Freescale division Metrowerks has released its
CodeWarrior Development Studio for Mac OS v10. It’s available for download from the Metrowerks Web site, either as a free Learning Edition or as US$99 Professional Download.
CodeWarrior was once the premier software development environment for the Mac — Metrowerks established it when Apple transitioned from Motorola’s 68K CPU architecture to the PowerPC. Apple has promoted its own development tools to replace CodeWarrior in recent years.
Apple’s decision to migrate from PowerPC to Intel-based CPUs has hastened the software’s end on the platform. Making Mac OS X software work on Intel machines requires CodeWarrior projects to be migrated to Apple’s own Xcode development environment instead.
CodeWarrior 10 will be the final Mac release, according to comments made by Metrowerks at the Adhoc (formerly MacHack) conference earlier this year.
CodeWarrior 10 includes PowerPlant, a C++ framework for Mac OS development; also included is PowerPlant X, which allows for Mach-O development. PowerPlant can be ported to Intel-based Macs, according to Metrowerks.
Also included in this release is a debugger with a breakpoints view window, profile information viewer and trace view window. Version 10 also includes support for Objective-C, including code completion, syntax coloring, search comments and more.
The Learning Edition comes with a limited usage license and no technical support. The Professional Download lets developers update and archive their Mach-O and CFM/PEF projects.
System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later, G3 or faster, 128MB RAM and 800MB hard disk drive space.