Kodiak For iPad: Write And Execute PHP Code Offline

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Proper PHP programming on the iPad.

 

 

Kodiak is a PHP editor for the iPad, with one big difference: it can run your code offline. And they said the iPad is only for media “consumption.”

The app is a fancy text editor, which means that the design and implementation of that editing is very important. And it looks like the Kodiak team has pulled this off. The first thing you notice is the keyboard. Above the regular QWERTY is the now-familiar extra row. This one is inspired by the keyboard in Textastic, with each key capable of typing several symbols depending on which way you swipe after hitting it.

And in the middle of these is the Navigation Key, or virtual nubbin, used to move the cursor around and highlight your code.

And speaking of code, the editor provides syntax highlighting, and several PHP extensions (including bcmath, iconv, json, libxml, PDO, sqlite and more). You also get a tabbed interface to keep several files open at once, and a full-featured file browser.

It looks great for programmers, and being able to write and test your code in the same app is sure to be a killer feature. And for writers? MarkDown support is coming soon, as is support for other programming languages. The demise of the Mac might be closer than we think. $10.

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