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Hi there everyone, how is your day?

I found a cool Bluetooth keyboard and stand that would be great in turning my android phone into a mobile coding station. The only problem is, what is a good app set up to do so? I seen a few out there but most of them are to pay monthly. I was thinking maybe I should just get a notepad++ clone and go from there.

I am learning java on my own and I figured that at work on my break I could get a quick lesson in before continuing my job.

Would this be a good idea or should I look into something else like say a small laptop. The main appeal to the android phone set up is that I take notes in my meetings already and a keyboard would make it easier to take notes and when not doing work related.tasks I could plop it out of my pocket at try out a couple of small code bits I was thinking about here and there.


Thoughts?
 
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Welcome to the Ranch.

Besides a text editor, you will need other tools, such as a Java compiler and a way to run your code. I've never heard of a Java compiler that runs on a smartphone. I think it will be much easier to do this on a regular laptop.
 
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My gut feeling is that a laptop is indeed a better choice, but an IDE for Android running on Android does actually exist: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aide.ui
 
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Hi Scott, welcome to coderanch.

I would suggest that you treat your android device as a platform where you can run a program. Now, coding involves looking at huge amounts of text and scrolling up and down vigorously, tracing methods, opening multiple files, refactoring, searching, etc. At least thats what I do when I code

While I know there are editors for languages in Android. But I would personally prefer writing code on a desktop and then compiling it and running it on your device. I hope you are aware that there are emulators that allow you to preview your program output on the desktop itself without porting it to a device.

For me, even moving to a Laptop is a downgrade for coding and I really disliked it: Smaller screen size, not so "clicky" keyboard, trackpad, etc...
 
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The only issue with aide is that you can't just straight out.buy the app, you have to pay monthly. Otherwise it is what I would try first.

I currently use netbean for the courses I am taking. I will see if I can find a small umpc or something simular.

Thanks for the reply!
 
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