Keep remote control over your data
Are you an app developer who is traveling a lot?
When being out of office, you want to have control over your projects and data remotely?
If you’re like me, you always have your devices with you. Sometimes it is ‘only’ your mobile phone or tablet, but these are totally sufficient to make use of some great tools that I want to introduce to you today. Tools, that allow you to view and edit your data remotely.
Check out the listing below which is a compilation of 5 must-have tools for app developers being on the road.
Enjoy reading and testing!
Cross platform cloud IDE. All devices (iOS or Android) and browser-based application.
If you are looking for a cloud IDE running on any device you should try codeanywhere. I am usually not a big fan of using code editors on mobile devices. However, codeanywhere with all its features is quite convincing. It comes with a built-in terminal console that even allows live pair programming to collaborate with others in real-time. You can edit your code remotely via FTP, SFTP, Dropbox or GoogleDrive. Pre-built environments are provided as containers with a certain amount of memory and disk space. The free version comes with one container of 256 MB and 2 GB. The IDE supports 75 programming languages.
You can share your project files and folders with others. The platform enables you to easily connect to your git repositories. Pre-built environments are provided as containers with a certain amount of memory and disk space. The IDE supports 75 programming languages. You can share your project files or folders with others. The platform enables you to easily connect to your git repositories. If you like to code from anywhere, you might want to give this platform a try.
codeanywhere offers free and paid plans (starting at $2 per month).
Screenshots of codeanywhere.
Offline access to 150+ APIs. For macOS. For iPhone and iPad (via Xcode).
Dash is a must-have tool for any developer who wants all API documentation in one place. It is a documentation browser to 150+ APIs and a manager of your code snippets. It is up to you which docsets you want to download and have offline access to at any time. You can generate your own docsets and download docsets from third-party sources. The docsets are well maintained by Dash so that you don’t miss any updates.
Features like highlighted in-page search function, documentation bookmarks, the organisation of the code snippets makes a developer’s life easier. The paid version provides some additional features like web searches and docset playgrounds which let you test snippets of code. With Dash you can check anything in your API documentation wherever you are.
For MacOS, Dash offers a free and a paid version (one-time $30.99).
Screenshots of Dash.
Mobile and web prototyping tool. All device (iOS or Android) and browser support.
Marvel is a great prototyping app. You can easily link your designs in an editor. By adding gestures and transitions to them you simulate the behavior of a real mobile or web app. You can share your projects with others via URL, Email or SMS. Embedding your prototype into a website is also possible. Receive comments from colleagues on each screen of your prototype. The Marvel Phone and iPad apps are handy if you are not in the office but you have a great idea for your next design. The features of the mobile app are quite sufficient to draft first prototype screens remotely.
If you are using Sketch for your design you will like Marvel’s Sketch plugin which allows you to easily export your Sketch work into Marvel. A great feature of this plugin is the ability to test your prototype apps directly in Sketch. You can even record the simulation as video.
Marvel offers free and paid plans (starting at $12 per month).
Screenshots of Marvel.
Simple tool to organize your colors. For MacOS, iPhone and iPad.
Sip is a very simple but brilliant color picker and collection tool. If you are looking for an easy and efficient way of choosing and saving your color models, this tool is for you. In the Mac version, you choose a color by picking a pixel on your screen. Palettes allow organizing your colors. All different types of color codes, like UIColor RGB, Swift UIColor RGB, CSS HEX, and so on, are available. You can share the palettes with your favorite design program. Or you share a color palette instantly via e-mail. You can name the color palettes and the individual colors.
The feature that allows picking a sequence of colors in one row by just holding shift and ctrl saves you a lot of time. You have always access to your color palettes via the color dock which appears on the screen side. All your colors and color palettes synchronize immediately across your devices. And, whenever and wherever you are on your next journey – maybe standing in front of a colorful tulip field during spring in Holland – you can catch these beautiful colors with Sip and your iPhone or iPad camera on the spot.
The Sip mobile app is free. Sip offers a 14-d free trial for the MacOS version (one-time $ 9.99).
Screenshots of Sip.
#5 Working Copy
Git client to view your repositories from GitHub, GitLab and BitBucket remotely. For iPhone and iPad.
Working Copy is a git client that clones edits, commits and pushes. This free app enables you to easily make a local copy of your git repositories. To clone a repository, you just need the URL of the repository. You can also login to GitHub, GitLab and BitBucket to see the list of your repositories to clone. Your data is organized in repositories containing directories, sub-directories or files. Working Copy provides syntax highlighting for your code.
The cloned repositories are available offline so that you can review your code even without internet connection. Changes made to your code highlighted in colors. Additions are highlighted in green, deletions in red. You can commit your changes while you are offline and you can push when you are online again. Previewing of your HTML files is also possible. If you want to view and edit your repositories and keep control over your data remotely, Working Copy might be for you.
The app is free.
Screenshots of the Working Copy.
I hope you’ve found some inspiration!
Is your favorite tool for editing your data remotely on the list? What do you use when being on the road?
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