The incredible power of our mobile devices these days mean that being a developer doesn’t always involve being in front of a computer. It helps, but when you’re not in the office and something goes wrong or you just want to keep up-to-date with work, you need to rely on your phone. For those with iOS devices, this article details the top 8 iPhone apps for developers , whether you’re a busy or mobile developer (see what we did there?).
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This app is considered the best code editor for your iOS device, and offers an interface close to that of desktop coding. Not to mention its versatility: Textastic can support syntax highlighting for over 80 programming and mark-up languages.
Maybe you’re already an expert in Python, or perhaps you’re still learning; either way, you need to own this app. Its interactive prompt includes code completion and history, plus they’ve designed a Python-specific keyboard for easy code writing. New modules include: numpy, matplotlib, ui and motion, making this app perfect for tinkering and experimenting with the language.
4. Prompt 2
Of all the SSH tools available to iOS users, Prompt 2 is the most preferred, especially as it’s been around for over four years now. Allowing you to reboot your server, or just run a script whilst away from the office, Prompt 2 is your answer. The app offers VT100 features, Telnet support and the functionality to create server folders, and it can easily sync servers between various devices.
While Prompt 2 is fantastic if you’re willing to fork out for it, there are cheaper alternatives. Enter: SSH-Terminal. It’s cheap, lightweight and while it’s not perfect, it still works well.
Having recently undergone a redesign, ‘the world’s most popular Wi-Fi surveying tool’ is even more user-friendly, without compromising its effectiveness. If you’re out and about, but want to save on data roaming, this tool can help you to establish a local connection. Or if you’re concerned as a network administrator about your network’s security, the app can help to identify unauthorised nodes and hidden networks.
iFile gives you complete access to all of your iOS device’s files, just like Finder does on your Mac. You are able to easily handle files of all types (images, movies, text, sound, HTML, PDFs, .zips etc.) With these files, you can copy, paste, move, rename, compress and decompress, alongside many more features that your Jailbroken phone allows for.
While OpenSSH isn’t explicitly an app, this Cydia package is invaluable for developers on the go. With this package, you are able to access the Unix command shell on your iOS device, as well as log in remotely to other devices.