Hey kids. Just grabbed kodiak js from the App Store, it’s 5 bucks for the next few days during launch. I love Codea, but I’m a code slut, and I just gotta try out the new things. So - I grabbed it, gave it a whirl.
Cons: it’s still very 1.0, despite being marked 1.2. I sent them some feedback, but their docs are basically nonexistent (or I can’t find them, same result), there’s a silly error in what very little docs (a comment in their main index.html) there are, no forum - so no community, no place to ask questions. Pythonista made the same launch mistake - I don’t think many realize just how important forums are. So far as I can tell, no console access - so you can’t see errors (!!!). They include firebug, but I can’t seem to make it work, and there’s no example covering it. I also was unable to make an external web call, but I can’t tell for sure why due to no console - I suspect it’s js trying to prevent cross site scripting. A fundamental problem here is going to be js being designed, and libraries expecting, a regular browser environment. Finally, other than cut and paste, there appears to be no way to import/export code (sound familiar?).
So - if you dig on js, or are a language whore like me, it may be worth grabbing, especially now - 5 bucks is cheap. Otherwise, it’s iffy as of yet. I give them a solid C-, which may go to a B once they have a forum and we have solid examples/docs about debugging and network access, and differences between the environment and regular mobile safari. (An A would involve nitro, and exposing things that phonegap does to make it a regular 1st class environment)
TLL - go look at their keyboard. I found the button bar at the top to be damn nice. Also, while I’m thinking about it, since you did air code, consider exposing the codea projects directories via the web (WebDAV, or just a web interface - I use an app named “air sharing” that does this), it would be useful.
For those wondering - Codea still beats everything out there by a country mile. I give em an A, and am hoping for the elusive A+ (which, frankly, may be beyond reality due to apple’s restrictions around code import/export).