Write Code on iPad, save to DropBox

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ldjessee, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. ldjessee macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2003

    I would like to write code (don't need to run it) and save it to DropBox.

    Is there any app for iPad out there that does code coloring, syntax detection/correction and saves to DropBox?

    Need for Python, but would be great if it also did others (like Java, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, & CFML).

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  2. schaabie macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2010
    Just out of curiosity. Why are you looking to write code on your iPad?
  3. blackNBUK macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2010
    I haven't used any of these but you could look at Textastic for Python (+others) or Gusto or Markup for website development. Textastic doesn't integrate with Dropbox but it does support WebDAV and I remember recently reading about a third-party WebDAV service for Dropbox.

    I'm rather in two minds about editing code on an iPad. On one hand it would be useful to be able to quickly browse and make changes during, for example, a meeting. However I wouldn't be comfortable making longer edits without being able to easily compile/run/test the code.

    I keep meaning to look at web SVN clients as I think that would provide the best way for me to use my iPad with the least amount of effort.
  4. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    What I would do is get your favorite editor, and if it supports the "Open With..." function, you could then open it in either GoodReader or ReaddleDocs, which then can save to DropBox or WebDAV.

    I really prefer ReaddleDocs, as it greatly supports automated synchronization with DropBox and WebDAV, besides other storage systems. It also features a simple text editor, good for writing code (but no text coloring).

    Please let us know what you finally decide to get.
    I think it's great to be able to hide away in a corner and write code on an iPad. very relaxing... :D
  5. techkidd4400 macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2007
    Thanks blackNbuk for the Textastic suggestion. I hadn't heard of that app. Until you suggested it. It looks like its going to be pretty useful for coding on the fly.
  6. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    PlainText is good for dropbox syncing. For coding on the fly try myTextsPro.
  7. crackpip macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2002
    I tend to alternate between textastic and nebulous, which allows editing text files in dropbox directly. Both of these support text expander which is useful for compensating for the more limited keypad. If nebulous supported syntax coloring, it would probably be the only app I'd use for coding.

  8. ldjessee thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2003

    I am a web programmer for a university and I am taking classes. I currently take notes for meetings and classes on my iPad using Notes Plus.

    I was so happy about not lugging around paper and a laptop, but now I am going to take a programming class on Python and figure I will want to jot down code in a way I can get to it later.

    I really like DropBox and currently I am going to use DropText, but thought I would check to see if there was something else out there that might make it easier or better.

    I thought about Gusto and if I was worried about updating code in production, I might consider it, but not at this time.

    I might just have to lug my MacBook to the class.

    Thanks for the suggestions,

  9. ldjessee thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2003

    Thanks for the suggestion!

    Wish there was a better demo video online, do you know of a thorough review of Textastic?


  10. tekchic macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    Another coder recommending Textastic. It's really the best one out there. I've been emailed SQL stored procedures that I was then able to open in Textastic, edit/fix, and then send back. After that, I got into my PC via Remote Desktop and launched SQL Server Manager to run the stored proc. Happiness. :)

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