iPad as a Laptop Replacement Series: Programming
Can an iPad produce code? Â Many argue that it cannot because the iPad is only a device for consumption. Â You can only read news, surf the web, watch movies/videos, play games, etc., and not do anything useful with it. Â Well, that's not true. Â You can, in fact, write code without a problem on the iPad. Â There are a number of code editors that work, because code is, essentially, just text files. Â Here is a list of editors and environments that I have found useful.
- Luna (free): Â Environment to test Lua scripts. Â Very useful when either coding in or learning Lua.
- OpenGL ES Programming ($.99): Â A learning and programming environment for OpenGL ES for iPhone. Â A great way to learn the programming environment, should you be developing the next great iPhone platform game.
- Objective-C Editor ($6.99): Â An editor keyed specifically for OBjective-C. Â It doesn't include a compiler, but you can upload/download your code to/from Dropbox, giving you a chance to edit your code on the road, and compile it later.
- Editor for iPad ($3.99): Â One of the best editors out there. Â Very clean, very simple, looks like editing in the command line.
- Gusto ($6.99): A beautiful website editing tool. Â Looks great, organizes websites with a clean UI, and editing is very clean.
Has anyone else had a similar experience with their tablet? Â I'm sure there are plenty out there with an Android device that could tell me one can compile any C code using gcc (and if not, I would be surprised). Â What do you use your tablet for?