Koder iPad app, by developer iCodeLabs, attempts to fill a code-sized void in the AppStore, offering a full-service code writing utensil aimed at industry professionals. The iPad app has a lot to offer any, and though it’s a tad expensive it’s certainly worth the ease of use and portability.
If you’re a programmer—whether you’re a weekend warrior or java-soaked cubicle-rat—then you already have a pretty good idea of what Koder has to offer. The iPad app sports a smooth code-editing interface from which you’re free to slap and dash lines as you please. Koder is more or less a glorified text editor to everyone else, but with one key difference: Syntax highlighting. The app supports just about every code language you can think of (Java, HTML, C++, Perl and even ActionScript3) and will gleefully highlight strings in your work zone. This is a fantastic way to keep code organized, and to prevent those maddening screen-blurred headaches.
Another cool feature that Koder offers is the ability to yank files out of just about anywhere. The app features full Dropbox, FTP, and iCloud support, as well as local file sharing. This means you’re free to edit your code no matter where it’s hiding. Combined with tabbed browsing and stellar file management, your projects will never be lost in the woods or out of reach. The app also features an excellent snippet editor that even comes preloaded with a few good snippets in multiple languages. There’s no debugger or compiler, obviously, but for on the run code editing you could hardly do better.
The developers at iCodeLabs have done a great job optimizing the iPad’s real estate for code editing. For starters, they’ve redesigned the stock keyboard to include code-specific extras, saving you from having to peruse several layers of special keys for that all-too common syntax. Arrow keys are also present for more precise editing. The text editor itself is easy on the eyes, and the syntax highlighting was flawless. If you don’t like the stock look of the app, you’re free to change it using one of the available themes. It’s worth noting that the tabbed browsing and file navigation aspects of this app are extremely well-done, too. Navigating folders and projects is a cinch using both the tabs and the list view that sits just to the left of the code.
Koder is certainly a bit pricy for an iPad app ($5.99 in the AppStore) but if you’re a serious professional who needs excellent code editing on the go, the app has everything you need. Sharing and storing code is simple and efficient, and with an iPad optimized interface, you’ll feel right at home here. Koder is by far worth the six dollar price of entry.
Koder requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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