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Ten heavy-duty programming apps for the iPad

From hard-core development environments to remote consoles, these iPad apps put powerful programming features at developers' fingertips

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When the iPad was introduced, most pundits opined that it might be nice for reading online, but it would never be useful for creating content, much less doing real work. Yet, here we are, a short while later, with 10 meaningful iPad apps for developers, ranging from hard-core development environments to remote consoles.

Without an external keyboard (of which many are for sale), you lose screen space to the soft keyboard when entering text, though using the iPad in Portrait mode minimizes the amount of space you sacrifice. The good news about using the on-screen keyboard with several of the apps listed is that the apps provide worthwhile enhancements, such as the on-screen equivalent of a TrackPoint joystick.


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Kodiak JavaScript

Kodiak JavaScript is an offline HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript IDE for the iPad with a WebKit-based internal browser. It includes syntax highlighting and an enhanced keyboard in its code editor, as well as the jQuery library and 50 other JavaScript libraries and frameworks. Where Kodiak JavaScript really shines is its ability to run your Web code on your iPad without needing to upload files to a server: Just press the Play icon at the top right of the screen to make the code page slide to the left and the browser appear. This vastly accelerates your development cycle, and it's exactly what you need when you have to code a client-side Web UI on an airplane without Wi-Fi. Kodiak JavaScript, Play Ragtime, $9.99


  • Kodiak JavaScript
  • Kodiak PHP
  • Textastic Code Editor for iPad
  • Codea
  • Diet Coda
  • iSSH – SSH / VNC Console
  • iOctocat
  • OmniGraffle
  • AppCooker
  • Pythonista


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