While an android device is not a replacement for desktop coding, it can help to write, develop and test web design code on the go. The Linux modified version also saves you from carrying a heavy laptop all the time, and the battery life of smaller screens lasts much longer.
From HTML editors to hexadecimal color coding programs, here are the top android web development tools for professional web designers, programmers and dabbling hobbyists:
1. Touchqode Pro
Touchqode Pro includes everything you’re going to find in an IDE desktop version – autocomplete, syntax highlighting, navigational coding palette and a lot more. The app’s latest version i.e. 0.9.13 integrates a GitHub viewer client as well as SFTP and FTP clients (not available in the free version of Touchqode).
There was an issue with symlinks handling when working in SFTP in the previous version, but the new update has solved the bug.
2. 920 Text Editor
920 Text Editor brings several programming languages including Python, Java, C++, SQL etc. to the android platform. It offers the ability to open the app itself in ‘root mode’ and also gives an option of HTML preview to see how the code is coming along. Line numbering and syntax highlighting complement the web development process, while the interface navigation lets you work on multiple files simultaneously.
920 Text Editor is available as a free download on Google Play. However, it is important to note that free code writing programs are accompanied by security risks such as hardcoded lines and malicious functionality (APN configuration or rootkit). This is the reason why android security programs are recommended when using third party, freely available apps. They make sure that sensitive information is not compromised and also protect the device from viruses and other threats.
3. Magic Color Picker
This is perhaps the best tool for web designers and programmers when it comes to using different color models and applying colors to complete the design elements. Some of the color models compatible with the app include YUV, RGB, HSL and HSV. The colors are presented in HEX or decimal.
The app also provides a range of options on how the web palette is to be displayed. And it allows users to work through either sliders or palettes depending on personal preferences. The app is also compatible with HSL. The only limitation is that there is no option to mark or export any of the color codes, so the numbers have to be written down manually for later referral. Magic Color Picker can be downloaded for free from Google Play.
DroidEdit is one of the most flexible text editor offerings on the Android platform. It’s a good tool to start for anyone who is looking to take code editors on a drive, and it’s poised to make the leap among the rest.