Angry birds, sketch games, tower defense, social media browsing, and a thousand more apps for tablet computers. I’ve seen people use their tablet for entertainment and, well, just entertainment. But how can you use your tablet or smartphone for web development?
Tablet computers and smartphones are indeed portable but what other use can you do with them aside from browsing Reddit and tagging photos of cute cats on Facebook and flinging wild birds onto measley-built fortresses?
Can you develop websites and apps using smartphones and tablets?
Don’t want to bring your heavy laptop? Why not code using your smartphone or tablet using Online IDEs?
Code Editors for Tablets, SmartPhones, and Any Computing Device
NOTE: Take note that for server-side programming languages you will need to have an internet connection for them to work. To make it formal, these are called Online IDEs. The usual local machine setup you have for your programming needs is an IDE, Integrated Development Environment. Now, Online IDEs make use of the cloud to remove the barriers of coding, since it has been limited to just your machine for a couple of decades now. Now you can develop anywhere, using any machine, with colleagues. No need to setup Apache, Ruby, Python, C, C#, and others.
Advantages of Using Online IDEs
Online IDEs have been around for quite some time now but they’ve garnered little attention. I know that a lot of web developers would simply work on their laptops or desktops, since they’re more powerful machines. But what about those who are always on the go, web developers who don’t want to carry heavy loads of baggages? Well, what do you know, with your smartphone or tablet computer you can code just about anywhere, as long as there’s an internet connection.
If you are working with people scattered around the map, brainstorming and asking for help is quite pesky. With Online IDEs you can collaborate with people in real-time. Imagine Google Docs, only it’s for coding. Yep, let’s put it this way: it’s the Google Docs for coding.
- accessible through smartphones and tablet computers
- online collaboration in real-time
- no need to setup your machine
- accessible through a browser
Disadvantages of Using Online IDEs
Well, this one is pretty obvious. You can’t use Online IDEs without internet connection!
5 Online IDEs for the On-The-Go Web Developer
4. Cloud9 IDE
5. Cloud IDE
What’s your Favorite Online IDE?
Rean concurrently served as the Head of Operations and Editor-in-Chief of 1stwebdesigner from 2011 up until Aug 2014. He regularly writes about freelancing, technology, web design, and web development with a little touch of internet marketing here and there.