you'd have to use the "XDK for IoT" (which is different to the standard XDK).
XDK for IoT at least has all functionality in place to code on your host, deploy on the target, debug ...
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ok, thanks - as the XDK for IoT is free and easily installable: why don't you try it and compare both? Maybe put your conclusions here?
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