Web dev on an iPad 2

I’m taking a course in SkillCrush in front-end webdev. I really enjoy it. The atmosphere is open and inviting and helpful. I heartily recommend their products.

However, it’s been said in the course that one needed a laptop and not an iPad. I know that there are many people that work solely from iPads and do great things, such as Federico Viticci. When I return home I plan to upgrade my current iPad 2 to an iPad Pro.

Anyway, I posted this in the slack channel today, hoping to help anyone else who may be wondering about the iPad approach.

Slack

Hello all. It’s said often that one cannot do coding on an iPad. I’m on deployment and I’m away from my tent and its thousand mosquitoes for much of the day. I’ve tried to take my laptop out to fueling pit one day, and it worked, but it was cumbersome in the humvee. I also spend most of my time everyday in an environment where I cannot take outside devices (phones, smart watches, etc). I’ll take a few moments everyday and go sit outside and I’ll have my iPad outside (we all trust each other) and will pull it out and do work on it. But I lamented that I couldn’t code.

Or could I? I’d already been working on learning Python on the iPad. There’s JS on it. There’s Swift. Surely CSS and HTML were possible.

I found a couple options, but settled on Code Editor by Panic. It isn’t cheap, at $24. And I had to recreate the file system (two files, ooooohhh) and import individual files from iCloud. But it works.

Is it great, as good as using Sublime or BBEdit on a MBP? Nope. But at least I can easily drop in with my iPad, preview and edit and sync changes that’ll be there when I open up my MBP later.

Plus it has FTP capabilities.

I thought someone else would be interested as well. Cheers!

Code Editor, the green leaf icon
Code Editor, the green leaf icon
My CSS in transition. I’ve rererewritten this three times from scratch.
My CSS in transition. I’ve rererewritten this three times from scratch.
The HTML. Pretty simple, really
The HTML. Pretty simple, really
The second project for the class. Getting those three paragraphs at the bottom aligned left to right has been a pain. Who knew aligning three things in a line without flex box or grids would be so difficult. At least for me it was.
The second project for the class. Getting those three paragraphs at the bottom aligned left to right has been a pain. Who knew aligning three things in a line without flex box or grids would be so difficult. At least for me it was.

Published by Eddie

I'm a goofball. I like Doctor Who, Star Wars (yes, all of them), and of course Firefly. I think that "Out of Gas" from Firefly is the single greatest episode of any SciFi. Closely followed by "All Great Things..." from Star Trek: The Next Generation. I'm an Apple geek. Seriously, I brought a 2013 MBP and two iPads with me on deployment. Every year I watch all the Apple Keynotes. Someday I'd like to learn Swift, as I've got some ideas for some useful apps that I'd like to use. One might find me at a coffee shop, at the LGS getting more Magic: The Gathering cards, on some trail in the mountains of Oregon, on one of my Macs, running a trail, or who knows.

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