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Top 6 must have iOS apps for Developers & Web Designers

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Here at IDRSolutions, we have been very busy with the development of our JavaFX PDF Viewer and updating our new website, after migrating it across from Hubspot.

Being a keen developer lead me to think about other developers who like to continue their work while on the road. With my iPhone and my iPad sat next to me on my desk I decided to take to the Apple App Store to see what tools would be available for me to download. 

Here is a list of the top 6 iOS apps that I came across:

Developer Tools

C Programming Language (Free) iPhone & iPad

When I downloaded the app I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a free app that is available to download in the app store.

There are so many different features of this app that I think users will find useful. My favorite Cscreen568x568feature of the app is the ability to create separate files which means there’s little chance of losing your work..

I feel that the app is perfect for jotting down small pieces of code while you are on the go and for students who are learning the language as it enables them to test their skills.

Top 5 Features of this app:

  1. Compiler – After you have written your code you’re able to test it to see if it works by using the compiler.
  2. Send Feature – When you have finished with a file you are able to send the file via email.
  3. Design -The app is really easy to use and simple to learn so you don’t need to waste time figuring things out.
  4. Input Tab – The app has an input screen which allows you to input data if needed.
  5. Reference Tab – This tab has links to the language reference, Standard Library, String Library, Math Library. 

Jsany -Java Script Anywhere (Free) iPhone and iPad

Jsany – Java Script Anywhere is a cool JavaScript editor app that allows developers to keep programming while they are on the move.

While I was searching the different developer tools that Apple had to offer in their app store I came across this app. Jsany is free to download and seemed like an interesting Java Script editor screen568x568-2to use. I didn’t realise that when I downloaded the app it was an HTML and CSS editor too. I was really impressed by what it had to offer as an editor. You are also able to create projects so that any work you had started previously and wanted to go back to wasn’t lost.

Top 5 features of Jsany :

  1. Java Script, HTML and CSS editor – I found that because it grouped the different files at the top of the page the app was easy to use and made it simple for me to develop my own project.
  2. App Design- The design of the app is kept minimalistic so the developer can develop their projects with ease.
  3. Preview – you can view your fully working project from within the app.
  4. DropBox – you can connect Jsany to your dropbox to keep your files backed up.
  5. Import Projects –  you can import your projects from the internet.

 Textastic (Paid £5.99) iPhone & iPad

Textastic is the ultimate code editor for iOS Devices, this app is a Paid app that can be downloaded from the App Store. Texttasic is a highly versatile text editor, it can support more than 80 different syntax’s ranging from Objective C to Ruby on rails. The overall layout is easy to figure out and feels just like you’re coding on a computer.screen480x480

Top 5 Features of Textasic :

  1. How Versatile the app is – because this app supports over 80 different syntax’s you can use the app regardless of different projects you are working on.
  2. Connectivity – you can connect the App to FTP, SFTP and WebDAV servers, you can also connect it to your dropbox to transfer files and make backup copies.
  3. Full Keyboard dock and Bluetooth keyboard support – this means that it is even easier to code on the go.
  4. Local and remote web Preview for HMTL and Markdown files – brilliant tool for web developers.
  5. Send Files Via Email –  this means that when you’re on the go you can email your code to whoever needs it.

Reference Apps 

Its always good for programmers to have a good reference and sometimes when you are on the road it’s not always easy to have access to the internet.

HTML 4 & 5: The Complete Reference  (Paid £1.49) iPhone & iPad

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 14.35.32This O’Reilly app lets you view everything you need to know. The app lets you view everything to do with HTML4.01 or HTML5. It even gives you a full description of each HTML4.01 and HTML5 element and attribute.


 C Reference (Paid £0.69) iPhone Only

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 14.22.42This app is another brilliant app to have downloaded onto your iPhone or your iPad. This is because you can reference example code and a whole bunch of different functions. Again if you are using your editors on the move then you can have this downloaded to use at the same time.



Objective C Reference (Paid Version £2.49 & Lite version Free) iPhone & iPad

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There are two different versions of this app in the app store, you can download the Lite(free) version which enables you to see what the app is like and take a look at some examples. I find this app really useful for giving good code examples.




Do you use your iPhone & iPad in a similar way? let us know what apps you use.

If you have an android device why not take a look at The 10 best Android Apps for Designers and Web Developers 

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Sophia Howard Sophia Howard is part of the Marketing, Sales and Website development team at IDRsolutions

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8 Replies to “Top 6 must have iOS apps for Developers &…”

  1. I’d like to suggest new ios app – CppCode. It’s the first and the only offline C/C++ IDE & Compiler on iOS!
    You can code C/C++ right on your iPhone/iPad without jailbreak and without internet connection. It starts new age of coding-on-the-go!

    You can find app feature list, screenshots and video on Vimeo/Youtube and even quick start at

  2. Thanks for sharing this information, it will be very useful. I will keep on visiting your website for updates. Once again thank you and keep up the good work!

  3. Informative post. Textastic is a text editor for iPhone or iPad. The app supports syntax highlighting for more than 80 markup and programming languages making it one of the more versatile editors available.


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