119 iPad apps for admins, coders and geeks
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Part two: Previously, The Reg pointed sysadmins toward a slew of iPad apps that might brighten their workaday worlds. The target market for today's second installment of our iPad-app round-up is coders.
If you missed our first installment of "119 iPad apps for admins, coders, and geeks", you might want to take a quick peek at its intro, and read our caveats on testing, ratings, and expectations.
The same rules apply to this week's episode, in which we delve into inexpensive apps for programmer training, code editing, user-interface development, programming-language reference, and two iPad-based clocks designed to tickle your inner geek.
We all have to start somewhere, and the journey of a thousand lines of code starts with the first keystroke — so here are a few training tools available in the App Store, some to get you started, some to ease you along your way, and some to test or hone your smarts.
Said testing and honing is what C++ Cheat Sheet ($1.99, four and a half stars) is designed to do. According to its developer, this code sample–laden app is good for test preparation or for "reviewing for an interview." We would, however, have appreciated a keyword search.
C++ Cheat Sheet offers proof positive that coders have class
If you want to step back to basics, Learn C ($1.99, three stars) can give you help in the ur-language of ANSI C. If you spend your days wrestling with C++ or Objective C, Learn C can offer a pleasant stroll down memory lane.
An arguably more practical education can be had with JAVA Technologies ($9.99). According to this app's developer, in it you'll find info on both basic and advanced Java, basic and advanced swings, servlets and applets, security, and J2EE.
The same developer who put together JAVA Technologies, Impressol, offers SQL & PL/SQL ($9.99) and UNIX Programming ($5.99). We'll leave it up to you to determine what those two tutorials cover. Shouldn't be hard.
If you're not ready for quite as deep a dive as is offered by SQL & PL/SQL, iSQL Lite (99¢, two and a half stars) is, well, lite.
As might be assumed, the App Store has a few apps that focus on coding for the iPad/Phone/Pod. SDK Tutorials HD ($1.99, four stars) got high marks from App Store users for its tutorials and code snippets, although we found its UI — especially its black-on-blue text — more fussy than friendly.
SDK Tutorials HD has good info buried in an eye-straining design
Both App Workshop ($4.99, three and a half stars) and CodingPad ($5.99, two and a half stars) are also iPad/Phone/Pod-centric, and both receive mixed reviews. But at least their textual info is easy to read.