Best programming app

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  1. bradwiggo macrumors newbie

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    What is the best free and the best paid programming app for ios.

    Thank You
     
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    Can you elaborate? How do you define "best"? What are the factors you consider contribute to make an app "the best"? Also, can you clarify "programming app"? Do you mean software that runs on some other platform that allows one to write apps to be deployed to iOS? Or do you mean some kind of iOS app that lets you do programming? Or something else? Your question is fairly vague.
     
  3. bradwiggo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The best programming app for a beginner that you can download on the iOS App Store.
     
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    You're still being awfully vague. Please be more explicit in your request, at least as a courtesy to those you seek help from.
     
  5. Zelda macrumors member

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    Xcode is free on the Mac App store, it's not really for beginners, however it really depends on how quick you learn, and what level of beginner you are. You will need a mac to run Xcode.

    Xojo is a paid app and can be easier for beginners, again depends on experience.

    There are a bunch of game engines that can be used to write games for multiple platforms, example Unity.
    Some game engines are free up front and can be deployed on many platforms.

    There are programming apps downloadable on the app store that run directly on your iDevice, these tend to be for learning purposes, just do a search on the App store, stick your toe in the water so to speak and have a look your self.

    As dejo has stated your question is very vague, you need to tell a little more about your experience in programming and what you would like to achieve and what hardware or equipment you have i.e Mac , iDevice or windows/linux machine.
     
  6. bradwiggo, Jul 10, 2015
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    I already said I have an ios 8.3 device didn't I, I want a programming app for beginners!

    I already said I have an ios 8.3 device didn't I, I want a programming app for beginners!
     
  7. pellets007 macrumors 6502a

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    What is a programming app?
     
  8. Zelda macrumors member

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    An application or program that is used to create new apps or programs, games etc.
    Most old school programmers would suggest learning the C programming language if you are a beginner.
    Good luck
     
  9. bradwiggo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is there an iPhone app for that?
     
  10. Zelda macrumors member

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    There is an icon on your iPhone, it says App store.
    Tap on that, now when you are in the app store, in the search bar, type programming.
    You will be given a list of apps that relate to programming.
    Read the descriptions, and download one that meets your criteria.
    Start there and move on.
    Good luck
     
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    Most iOS programming is done on Macs using Xcode. The iPhone apps are nowhere near as full featured.

    But to get the most out of Xcode, Objective-C (or Swift) and the Cocoa libraries requires a strong desire to sit down and learn.
     
  12. firewood, Jul 12, 2015
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    There are over a dozen BASIC interpreters in the iOS App store. At least 2 or 3 of them look good. One of them would be my choice. Learning to code in BASIC is what the Apple I and Apple II were designed for by Woz, and the way Bill Gates learned to program in the very very beginning. It's also a good complementary language to Objective C.

    There are also around a half dozen Lisp or Scheme interpreters in the iOS App store. Those languages are way they used to teach beginning programming at MIT and other top CS departments.

    There even appear to be a few Python interpreters in the iOS App store, if you want to start with a much more modern (but not necessarily better for beginners) programming language that would be useful on the Mac as well.

    But to program apps for iOS, the preferred programming languages to learn are Swift and Objective C using Xcode on a recent Mac.

    There do appear to be iOS apps and web sites that in conjunction with web services allow one to build iOS apps. But those tools appear to be targeted at people who do not want to learn to program. So, not recommended if you actually want to learn how to write iOS apps.

    But check the App Store reviews for the programming app that seems best for YOU.
     
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    It's pretty clear at this point that we really don't know what you are looking for. The question is far too vague for anyone to give a meaningful answer.

    "apps for programming" can include programming a home automation system or developing an apps or running scripts.

    If you a looking to create apps, that's done on a computer usually with Xcode or a development tool like Unity.

    If you are looking to program your device, that can be done with IFTTT (if this then that) app that allows you to control (program) how parts of your device works.

    Scripting is close to the same as IFTTT, but requires learning scripting language.

    Leaning how to program using an app is more educational. Did you mean to ask what's the best app for leaning how to program?

    Not so easy for us to tell you which is best without knowing what you are trying to do.
     
  14. bradwiggo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't appreciate being talked to as if I am stupid!!
     
  15. bradwiggo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I want an app that will let me input code into it, preferably that will teach me how to do it as well!
     
  16. bradwiggo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you, that was helpful, you just answered my question,

    Thank you!
     
  17. Zelda macrumors member

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    No need to be offended, I wasn't suggesting you are stupid, the way you phrased your question and answers implied that you hadn't even looked on the App Store and possibly didn't know how to access it, after all you are a beginner, right?
     
  18. bradwiggo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm a beginner to programming not a beginner to the iPhone!
    I came here looking for help finding an app, so why tell me how to find one when I was wanting help, if I just wanted to find one I wouldn't have started this thread!
     
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    Ok, that's much more specific.
    If the goal is to code for iOS apps, you have several choices of languages.
    Objective C
    Swift
    Unity (game engine)
    HTML5
    Other 3rd party languages...

    An interactive app that teaches how to code should be out there, I don't know which is better than another, as i haven't used any of them.

    There are other tutorials on YouTube, iTunesU, Blogs, WebSites,... that many have used to do the same.

    Most choose to download Xcode and start writing code from books and tutorial sites.
     

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