OSX application without storyboard or xib files using Swift

if you don’t want to have the @NSApplicationMain attribute, do:

  1. have a file main.swift

  2. add following top-level code:

     import Cocoa
     let delegate = AppDelegate() //alloc main app's delegate class
     NSApplication.shared.delegate = delegate //set as app's delegate
     NSApplicationMain(CommandLine.argc, CommandLine.unsafeArgv) //start of run loop       
     // Old versions:
     //  NSApplicationMain(C_ARGC, C_ARGV)
     //  NSApplicationMain(Process.argc, Process.unsafeArgv);  

the rest should be inside your app delegate. e.g.:

import Cocoa

class AppDelegate: NSObject, NSApplicationDelegate {
    var newWindow: NSWindow?
    var controller: ViewController?
    func applicationDidFinishLaunching(aNotification: NSNotification) {
        newWindow = NSWindow(contentRect: NSMakeRect(10, 10, 300, 300), styleMask: .resizable, backing: .buffered, defer: false)
        controller = ViewController()
        let content = newWindow!.contentView! as NSView
        let view = controller!.view

then you have a viewController

import Cocoa

class ViewController : NSViewController {
    override func loadView() {
        let view = NSView(frame: NSMakeRect(0,0,100,100))
        view.wantsLayer = true
        view.layer?.borderWidth = 2
        view.layer?.borderColor = NSColor.red.cgColor
        self.view = view

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