All iPads iPad Air + keyboard good for programming?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Soulweaponry, May 11, 2014.

  1. Soulweaponry macrumors 6502

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    I love my retina MacBook Pro to death. But I just love using my iPad Air a million times more. And I always have it with me. Would an iPad plus keyboard be a good combination for programming? Anybody else do it?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Can you compile on the iPad or would you have to move it over to the MBP?

    I'd say it possible to write code on the iPad, but I think that task is better suited to the MBP.

    To put it another way, just because you can, doesn't mean you should
     
  3. mcmul macrumors 6502

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  4. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Try googling "coding on iPad." I just tried it, and got some hits that might help.
     
  5. Epiphron macrumors regular

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    if you have wifi you can ssh with a terminal and use vi. works just like a MBP. also check out textastic
     
  6. mangomind macrumors 6502a

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    I second textastic.

    For navigating the text, if you are fine using the touchscreen instead of a trackpad, or use keyboard shortcuts, an iPad and keyboard case would work. If you like to use a trackpad, something like a Macbook Air would be the best option.

    I tried an iPad and keyboard, and I ended up moving my hand up to the touchscreen and back to the keyboard constantly. I find it much easier to have the user input in one spot, like a keyboard and trackpad.
     

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