Your iPad 12.9 may not be the most ideal way to do serious coding, but it is a great way to take your first steps in that direction. Maybe that’s because it’s just so easy to take around with you, especially when it’s ensconced in an iPad Pro 12.9 case. Maybe it’s because its responsiveness invites interaction, and encourages you to experiment and try out new things.
Relaxing on the couch with that iPad Pro 12.9 in its iPad Pro 12.9 5th generation case, the sky is the limit. Why not try out a new app and learn a new skill when you’re at it— maybe even a skill that could jumpstart a future career?
Whether you’re looking for gamified coding challenges or a step-by-step course in a new coding language, you’ll find a host of useful apps that can guide your first steps exploring the wonderful new world of coding. Here we’ll look at a few favorites.
Swift Playgrounds was born from Apple’s Everyone Can Code initiative, and if you’re wanting to learn Swift, it is definitely the most fun way to go about that. Accessible to everyone, from kids to adults, it takes a fun, graphical approach to coding. If you’re older than five the first lessons may seem easy, but it’ll ramp up quickly after that.
The first three sections, Learn to Code 1, Learn to Code 2, and Learn to Code 3 are mostly fun and games, but they’ll give you good understanding of how programming with Swift works as well. Further modules give you what need to know to go further and create your own iPad app.
The newest version of Swift Playgrounds doesn’t only teach you to code, it also provides an interface where you can actually do it— and write an entire app, ready to be exported to the app store. This is our favorite learn-to-code application, period, and there’s only one problem with it: it only teaches Swift, so if you want to learn C++, Java or SQL you’ll need to go elsewhere.
There’s also a free mobile code editor, which allows you to write and run code from your own iPad— no additional installations required. Complete a course on Sololearn, and you’ll get a certificate you can post on LinkedIn or on your resume. To actually complete a course, though, you’ll probably have to pay: only the initial lessons are free.
There aren’t any challenges or quizzes in this app, but there is a good overview of each programming language and an editor that allows you to write your own code. The editor is helpful for discovering syntax errors and other problems in what you wrote, and you can open up unlimited workspaces.
Mimo is a great coding app, and might have been first on our list except for just two problems t. The free options are limited— great for a beginner, but maybe not much more. The paid options are not only paid, but also expensive. More expensive then they’re worth, in our opinion. Our advice? Download the app, learn what you can for free, and then go on to one of the other apps on our list.
Khan Academy is a little different from the other apps on this list: it’s a general education app, and can teach you everything from geometry to calculus to US history. There are also courses on computing , and though they might not be quite as Swift Playgrounds, they’ll definitely give you a fair bit of useful information. All of Khan Academy is free and available to anyone anywhere.
Similar to Khan Academy, Coursera offers online courses in a wide variety of subjects. Courses are usually at a higher level— think college rather than highschool, and they are written and administered by colleges and universities around the country and around the world.
What is your favorite way to learn coding on the iPad 12.9? Do you prefer using a visual interface like Swift Playgrounds, or do you prefer the academic atmosphere of Coursera? Either way, the iPad is a great place to start learning. Get a iPad Pro 12.9 5th generation case with keyboard, or a ipad pro 12.9 case 2021 with an external bluetooth keyboard if that’s what you prefer. Then get coding.