All iPads iPad Air + keyboard good for programming?

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

  1. Soulweaponry macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2010
    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


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    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

    Dec 14, 2009
  4. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Try googling "coding on iPad." I just tried it, and got some hits that might help.
  5. Epiphron macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2010
    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


    Mar 15, 2012
    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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