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I’ve lately been searching for a way to learn Objective-C programming on a non-mac computer; hoping to find an online ide that also allows mobile coding using my android phone.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand that xcode with interface builder and the Apple developer tools is probably the easiest way to code with Objective-C, but that option is not always available.

My goal has been to find a solution that allows for on the go practice, not for programming final products.

The best option I’ve found so far is ideone.com.

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It is a no-frills experience and I’ll have to know the exact class and variable names (among other limitations) that I am trying to type.

It does not replace xcode in the slightest. Downsides include limited auto completion, lack of readily accessible documentation and there are plenty of other xcode features that it does not have.

Ideone is not trying to replace xcode; in fact it is trying to be an “online mini IDE and debugging tool” for over 40 languages. So, Ideone allows me to test out code in my spare time and in such a way that I have to remember the actual class names (which should help with code memorization).

I’d be learning to code… as I’m trying to do.

But, what about mobile?
DeuterIDE, a mobile compiler and IDE (as their tagline suggests), seems to be the key here.

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DeuterIDE uses theĀ ideone.com api to allow for local code and text manipulation along with server-side compiling allowing your android phone to do some on the go compiling and coding.

Now I can practice Objective-C programming while waiting in lines or during blue screens.

If this combination works I’ll try to remember to do a follow-up sharing my experience.

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