As with any skill, coding demands a significant amount of time to learn. You have to invest time and effort to learn how to code. There’s also a perception that you need a desktop PC or laptop to code or to learn how to do so. This is partly true: for hardcore development work, a desktop Windows or Mac environment is ideal. However, Programming apps can help you learn and code programs. So here is a list of the best Programming apps for iPad and iPhone.
Sololearn is a more feature-packed and advanced code programs learning tool. Comparing Sololearn’s HTML Fundamentals course to Mimo’s HTML introduction, Sololearn expects you to know a certain amount beforehand, at least in terms of IT basics.
A key feature of Sololearn is the “Code Playground.” This allows you to compile and run actual code and see the output. In the first lesson on HTML, for example, you could play around with the sample code for a paragraph tag, compile it, and see what a paragraph would end up looking like.
Sololearn has a premium edition, too. It’s considerably cheaper than Mimo at just $2 per month. It gets rid of ads and gives you complete access to all the lessons.
Price: Free (Subscription Starts – $6.99 to $59.99)
It has both theoretical and practical lessons. The theory parts are reinforced by simple multiple-choice questions. The practicals have you writing code through a touch-based fill in the blanks approach.
The only issue we had with Grasshopper is that it’s not iPad optimized. On my 2017 iPad Pro, the app launched in compatibility mode, with large borders all around.
Mimo is a great iOS app to learn code, whether you’re a beginner or have substantial programming experience. It adopts a Duolingo-style gamified approach to learn code. You get to set your target in terms of daily learning time and you get points. The app then creates a personalized curriculum based on your needs. Like Duolingo, you get a progress bar for each step of a lesson, that goes up as you complete it.
My curriculum included styling text with tags, creating links and images, and building lists, among others. There is a premium version available for around $50 per year, which offers unlimited access to all courses.
Price: Free (Subscription Starts – $8.99 to $79.99)
4. Programming Hub
Each course has a clearly defined set of learning outcomes and benefits. They also list out the target audience and salary you can expect to make if this is part of your skill repertoire.
The lessons themselves are in a PowerPoint-like format and you can tap to advance each line. The app asks you an MCQ to ensure you remember key learning points. If you got back to the lesson interface, you’d also get access to a compiler that will test out the coding tricks you’ve learned so far.
Price: Free (Subscription Starts – $1.49 to $45.99)
Enki adopts a different approach to the apps we’ve seen here so far. It makes use of spaced repetition to help you learn specific concepts regarding coding, without actual doing on your device.
Spaced repetition is a learning tool that uses a rotating list of flashcards to build up your conceptual knowledge. Enki first gives you a card with important information and then it shows you a flashcard question relevant to it.
It makes sense to use Enki alongside the other apps in this list as opposed to by itself. That way, you can improve conceptual knowledge while also gaining practical experience.
Price: Free (EnkiPro – $48.99)
6. Tynker: Coding for Kids
If you are after a coding app that’s fully geared for kids, Tynker (over 60 million downloads) is the one you should keep in mind. The app is rated very highly and has also received noted awards like the “Parents’ Choice Gold Award” and featured by Apple in Education.
Probably the best part about this popular kids coding app for iOS is the fun-loving course which kids would enjoy taking on. They can learn to code by solving puzzles and playing light-hearted games. Moreover, they can also create games and apps by using block coding.
Tynke features over 200 tutorials with easy instruction. One of my favorite features of this app is the Minecraft coding that helps kids design Minecraft skins, mobs, items, and more.
That’s all for this feature. If you like coding, you might also want to design websites from your iPhone or iPad. Let us know which programming app did you find the most useful in the comments below.
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