Text Editor + Terminal App?

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by s4yunkim, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. s4yunkim macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2009
    After first trying programming on the iPad as a beginning CS undergrad many, many years ago with the first iPad, I am now a software developer / part-time CS professor that wants to try and give the iPad Pro a chance for some light coding productivity.

    I realize there are no compiler/IDE solutions for iOS, but I'm curious if there are any solutions that look like VScode or Atom Editor on the iPad? Basically, an app with a text editor (+ syntax highlighting) and a terminal in the same window?

    The intent being that the text editor would have the project source, and the terminal window next to it would allow a make / gcc / javac, etc.
    I would imagine saving the document would entail writing over an SSH connection to a remote server or a git push, and the terminal would also be logged into an SSH server with the build tools on it.

    Initially, I was hoping for something like Jetbrain's CLion, which is an IDE but can use tools on a remote server to do it's compiling/debugging... but it does not look like such a solution exists on the iPad.

    Does any one have experience with an app like this? Would side-by-side mode with "Prompt" by Panic and "Working Copy" work well? I just dont want to have to flip back and forth between apps every time I have to edit/compile....


    Thank you!
  2. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    You might take a look at Coda, also by Panic, to see if that works in a way you like. The biggest shortcoming of Coda, and it’s a big one, is that it does not support the Files app so you can’t access your files saved on iCloud/Dropbox/OneDrive, etc.
  3. s4yunkim thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2009
    I dont necessarily mind the lack of files/icloud/dropbox etc support (not that crucial for my workflow), but I'm more curious about how well it integrates with SSH/SFTP. For example, I love how BBEdit can open a file straight off of an SSH server, and hitting save will write it right back on. Any chance that Coda does that?

    Also, I see that Coda says it has Prompt built in? Does that mean I can have a terminal side by side with the editor window?

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