Code on Your iPad Pro
Braydon Coyer / February 09, 2021
2 minute read
When Apple announced the iPad Pro years back, I always thought it would be cool to be able to use the 12.9" model and use that as my on-the-go device for coding.
Unfortunately, there weren't any IDEs available on the App Store, and not being able to preview/run the code was a deal-breaker.
When Apple broke away from iOS on the iPad and introduced iPadOS, Safari got a revamp and was classified as a 'desktop-class browsing' experience. And it's gotten even better in the last year.
I'm a big CodePen advocate and use it a lot for my leisure-coding to create snippets or CSS art.
Yep! And it's pretty seamless and even a better experience if you have the iPad Pro Magic Keyboard!
Simply navigate to https://codepen.io/ and create a new pen!
CodePen allows you to view the code and preview windows in different orientations. Personally, I prefer having my editor windows lined up on the top, and my large preview window on the bottom.
Because the iPad Pro has limited screen real-estate, figure out which orientation fits your workflow by clicking on the 'Change View' button in the top-right of the screen.
While it's not a native IDE designed specifically for the iPad, this isn't a bad workaround until an IDE becomes available on the App Store.
Do you have an iPad and code with it? Hit me up on Twitter and let me know!
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