My best iPad Programming Apps
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My best iPad Programming Apps
My best iPad Programming Apps
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"It’s kind of like the Garage Band of coding." – Wired

"[Codea] for iPad is a super slick way to write and run programs on your iPad." – Gizmodo 

Most Innovative App & Best Generative Art App — 2011 Best App Ever Awards

Codea lets you create games and simulations — or just about any visual idea you have. Turn your thoughts into interactive creations that make use of iPad features like Multi-Touch and the accelerometer.

We think Codea is the most beautiful code editor you'll use, and it's easy. Codea is designed to let you touch your code. Want to change a number? Just tap and drag it. How about a color, or an image? Tapping will bring up visual editors that let you choose exactly what you want.

Codea is built on the Lua programming language. A simple, elegant language that doesn't rely too much on symbols — a perfect match for iPad.

Here's how you use it: type your code. Press play to watch it run. Interact with it. Get creative.




• A full featured vector graphics and image renderer lets you prototype what you can imagine
• Lots of fantastic example projects to learn from, including games and simulations
• Generate random retro-game sound effects to use in your creations
• Touch your code: tap numbers, colors and images to adjust them
• Complete in-line reference documentation accessible from the keyboard
• Intelligent auto-completion suggests keywords and functions
• Import your own assets from Dropbox, photos, and more
• A fully featured physics engine for complex motion
• Add parameters to your simulation or game interface so you can tweak variables at runtime
• Interact with the accelerometer and multi touch on your device
• Video recording: Record videos of your projects and share them!
• Codea renders your code with beautiful syntax highlighting
• Codea can render 3D graphics
• Full support for the new iPad Retina display.

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Textastic Code Editor

Textastic is a fast and versatile text, code and markup editor supporting syntax highlighting of over 80 programming and markup languages. Connect to FTP, SFTP and WebDAV servers or to your Dropbox and accounts. Use the built-in WebDAV server to easily transfer files from your Mac or PC over Wi-Fi.

It's the perfect app to view and edit your website and source code files at home, in the office or on the road. 


• Syntax highlighting of more than 80 languages: 
HTML, XML, Markdown, Objective-C, C++, PHP, Perl, Python, SQL, JavaScript, CSS, shell scripts and many more (full list available on the website) 
• Compatible with TextMate syntax definitions and themes 
• Code completion for HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP functions 
• FTP, FTPS (FTP over SSL), SFTP (SSH connection), WebDAV and Dropbox clients 
• WebDAV server 
• Symbol list to quickly navigate in a file 
• Full keyboard dock and bluetooth keyboard support 
• Displays additional keys over the virtual keyboard to make it easy to type characters often used for programming 
• Cursor navigation wheel for easy text selection 
• Supports most encodings like UTF-8, ISO-8859-1, CP 1251 or MacRoman 
• Auto-indentation 
• Supports different tab widths and soft tabs (spaces instead of tabs) 
• Customizable font and font sizes 
• Undo & Redo 
• Find & Replace 
• File information like character count and word count 
• Send files by email 
• Local and remote web preview for html and Markdown files 
• Supports TextExpander touch snippet expansion 

Textastic supports several ways to import your files: 
• Over USB via iTunes File Sharing 
• By using "Open In" in other apps 
• Connect to (S)FTP and WebDAV servers and Dropbox 
• Over Wi-Fi with the built-in WebDAV server 

Don't hesitate to tell me the features you want to see in the next version! ;

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