One of my goals for the holiday break is to complete a course on Nodejs, and because I am a bit crazy, I want to do this using my iPad Pro, which I am trying to use as my primary personal computer.
Unfortunately, there is no app/container for Nodejs on iOS, so the only way I can run the code I am writing is to use another computer. In this case I am using a server running Ubuntu, which I access using an ssh client on my iPad.
To write the code I could use any text editor, but a code editor, or IDE, is more useful. Since I am accessing a server via ssh, I could simply use vim or nano on that server, but that requires a persistent connection to the server and I want to first try writing the code in an app on my iPad.
I did some research about apps for programming on an iPad and found Coda to be the most recommended, but relative to most iOS apps, the $25 price of Coda is really expensive. However, I justified the purchase to myself by noting that Coda also has an SSH client, so it is basically two apps in one making the price tag more palatable.
I am using Git/Github to move the code I am writing on the iPad to the Ubuntu server. First, I created a repository under my Github account. Next, I set up remote access to that repository using WorkingCopy, which most consider the best Git app for iOS.
Obviously, while I can write scripts while disconnected, I cannot check them into Github nor run them without a connection to the Internet. However, the reality is that I am hardly ever not connected, so I think this workflow will work pretty well.