In this new tutorial from the SitePoint PHP blog Christopher Pitt once again takes on an unconventional question around the use of PHP: "is it possible to write/run PHP code on an iPad?"
I love the iPad. It’s a fantastic form factor for media consumption and gaming; and it also works well as an e-reader. The trouble is I don’t use it nearly as much as I could. Most of the time I’m consuming media (Netflix, Twitch, YouTube), I’m coding in parallel.
I can do that on my MacBook, but I’ve never been able to do that until now. [...] Today I’m going to show you how I code on an iPad. I won’t pretend it’s a perfect workflow (what workflow is?), but this is as exciting for me as the first time I used a laptop instead of a desktop.
He briefly covers some of the hardware you'll need to get started including a good keyboard you're comfortable with and a way to hook it up (either Bluetooth or manually via USB). He then gets into the software and mentions DraftCode and WorkingCopy as his tools of choice. He then helps you get started writing your first PHP script, using SQLite in-memory and using Working Copy to pull the latest code from your external source. Now that you're comfortable with the setup, he shows you how to install a Laravel application and the changes you'll need to make to get it up and running. Finally he shows the push of the code the remote source, updating the repository with these latest changes.