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manton
    Been coding a lot on the iPad Mini lately. Git repository synced with Dropbox, so I can do the basics of a feature in Textastic, then finish or tweak in BBEdit on my Mac and deploy.
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    sakurina
      @manton Using the onscreen keyboard or a Bluetooth one?
      zholmquist
        @manton so when you get to your Mac you push the new code to the repo? How do you test your code?
        manton
          @sakurina Onscreen keyboard. It's probably twice as slow as I'd normally code, but still worth it if I can work on something while I have some downtime somewhere, or outside.
          manton
            @zholmquist Right, I'll commit and push from the Mac. No testing on the iPad, just writing. :-) Worqshop can do Heroku deploys on iPad; I have it but it's not quite in my workflow yet.
            noon
              @manton That's amazing. You must be using a bluetooth keyboard?
              manton
                @noon Nope, onscreen keyboard. It's very slow going, but I like being able to work on an idea or tweak something when I'm nowhere near a computer. Also tend to copy/paste a lot.
                noon
                  @manton that sounds completely crazy, so I'm going to have to give it a shot.
                  rafaelcosta
                    @manton @reneritchie Do you recommend any good code editors for the iPad?
                    manton
                      @noon Haha, cool. I'd be curious to hear how it goes for you. Probably not good for all projects, but it's working well here — just more flexibility.
                      rom
                        @manton interesting workflow!
                        manton
                          @rafaelcosta @reneritchie My favorites are Diet Coda (for remote HTML/CSS, terminal) and Textastic (most Ruby stuff, and has Dropbox sync).
                          thestopbutton
                            @manton the keyboard doesn't bug you?
                            jeffmueller
                              @manton Would love to hear more about this. Been giving it a lot of thought myself. Do you use a keyboard? I used Diet Coda the other day to create and deploy a feature on a remote server. Worked perfectly. This mini is awesome.
                              ffried
                                @manton Done that too for a while when I got my iPad 3. PHP coding works fine. Also simple to test on iPad. :-)
                                reneritchie
                                  @manton @rafaelcosta I only do the kindergarten version of what Manton does, but I like both of those as well.
                                  manton
                                    @ffried Cool. Not being able to easily test Ruby server code is the biggest shortcoming for what I'm doing. Eventually I'll get that set up, though.
                                    mkelly
                                      @manton how confident are you about using a git repo in Dropbox? Been doing the same recently and dreading the appearance of “conflicted copy” files. My sane head says I’ve nothing to worry about unless I do destructive operations on two machines at once…
                                      manton
                                        @mkelly Some people warned that it might cause problems, but it's been 100% reliable for me so far. Maybe partly because of how I use it on the iPad: always fetch the latest from Dropbox, edit files, then send back to Dropbox before returning to my Mac.
                                        mkelly
                                          @manton I guess if you’re only treating it as a git repo from one machine it’s safe enough. You can resurrect a damaged file easily enough. A damaged .git folder could be a nightmare. :-)
                                          dwarfland
                                            @manton do you use any git client iPad side? Or just Dropbox, and the commit from the Mac?
                                            manton
                                              @dwarfland Just Dropbox right now. I would love to commit and push with Git directly from the iPad, but most apps only support GitHub. (I'm hosted at Beanstalk.)
                                              diederik
                                                @manton Just web coding or also Objective-C?
                                                johnchandler
                                                  @manton typing with thumbs, or connecting to a keyboard?
                                                  ffried
                                                    @manton For the PHP site I programmed I’ve just set up a subdomain on my server and tested it there. But I don’t know if something like that works with Ruby. Haven’t programmed with Ruby yet.
                                                    dwarfland
                                                      @manton that’s what I thought :(. We use our own hosted git, mostly, and I’d love to find a good management client for the iPad, but nada so far… :(
                                                      ahmadh
                                                        @manton do you use a hardware keyboard with the mini when coding?
                                                        manton
                                                          @johnchandler Thumbs. Well, usually landscape, so other fingers. I still type pretty slow on the Mini, but it works out okay for getting some basic code down.
                                                          manton
                                                            @jaredsinclair Wi-fi, often tethered to my iPhone if I'm nowhere near a network. I could really benefit from the cell iPad, but I was impatient to get one on day 1 before it was available.
                                                            manton
                                                              @dwarfland I think the license (GPL) for most Git libraries has made it difficult for people to integrate full support. Some clients may just use the GitHub API.
                                                              manton
                                                                @ahmadh Nope, just the onscreen keyboard. I'd love to find a thin keyboard case for the Mini, though. Maybe something like Microsoft's Surface cover.
                                                                dwarfland
                                                                  @manton ah that could be true. “Free” software FTW :(
                                                                  manton
                                                                    @diederik Just web. Not sure I could do Objective-C well on an iPad without Xcode. Though I wouldn't bet against it happening one day.
                                                                    geoffreywiseman
                                                                      @manton using an external keyboard I assume?
                                                                      manton
                                                                        @geoffreywiseman Actually no, just the onscreen keyboard. Yes, it's slow. :-) But works okay for simple stuff.
                                                                        sentience
                                                                          @manton I’ve been using Diet Coda to edit files remotely in my working copy on my Mac, then SSH to the Mac to commit.
                                                                          manton
                                                                            @sentience That's cool. I may need to try that. SSH-ing into my Mac would also solve being able to do Heroku deploys.