I’ve recently got a hold of Codea and having a great deal of fun with it. One thing I didn’t like however was the actual act of typing code on the iPad, which obviously is not Codea’s issue. I realized that I could pick up a bluetooth keyboard, but I didn’t really want to do that, nor do I really like the form factor of using an ipad with a keyboard. I also know I can run on the desktop, but this isn’t the same thing, and certain actions, like multitouch and motion, are virtually impossible to replicate.
In the end, I came up with this setup, which is about 1/3 the price of a bluetooth keyboard… assuming you already own an Macbook that is. I am mirroring my iPad to my Macbook via Reflector ( 13$ ) and using my Mac as a Bluetooth keyboard via Type2Phone (5$) and it makes for a really nice dev environment. It’s like running on the simulator, except of course you are using your actual device.
If you have a Macbook, and dont really like typing on the iPad, I recommend you give this setup a shot, it’s actually very productive for me.
You can read about the entire thing right here.
If I keep playing with Codea, like I currently am, I will probably be writing a review about it shortly… I like what I see sofar.
Anyways, hope somebody finds this configuration useful, oh, and hello world!