X(cross) Development System (XDS) is set of tools that provides multi-platform cross development with near-zero installation.

This guide is available in two forms: the online version and a PDF version:

XDS has two goals:

  1. Provide a multi-platform, cross development tool with near-zero installation.

  2. Keep application source files local to the user’s machine, which makes XDS compatible with existing IT policies (e.g. corporate backup or SCM), and lets users continue to work using their favorite editors all while keeping performance during editing and browsing activities.

The following illustration shows XDS as two functional blocks: the client part and the server part.

The client part consists of several tools some essential and some required. The client part must have xds-agent and can optionally have xds-cli and xds-gdb. The client part runs on the user’s machine (Development Host).

The server part (xds-server) can run anywhere in a container, which includes a standalone machine, a server machine connected through a local network, or a server machine connected through the Cloud.

The client part is portable and can run on the following platforms:

  • Linux
  • Windows
  • MacOS

The following figure shows the three supported configurations for the client part:

  • standalone (i.e. local)
  • On-Premise, which uses a local network
  • Software as a Service (SaaS), which is Cloud-based