Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Oct 2017 16:42 UTC

In the summer of 2017, I wanted to know what it would be like to use an iPad Pro as my main computer. I found out that it can actually work, thanks to an iOS app called Blink, an SSH replacement called Mosh, iOS 11 and running stuff on a server.

You could argue the title is a tad bit misleading - there's a lot of thin client DNA in his setup - but it's an interesting look at how to achieve this, nonetheless.

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That's a lot of work....
by Soulbender on Fri 27th Oct 2017 02:18 UTC
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2005-08-18 do development like it's 1985.

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RE: That's a lot of work....
by agentj on Fri 27th Oct 2017 05:44 in reply to "That's a lot of work...."
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Maybe 1975 - especially if you use crap like any unix editor and need to use SSH to do any real work, because shitty OS that claims to be "pro" (maybe it comes from "prostate") doesn't expose one, so you need to download application from the app store to handle basic functionality which even DOS had. I can imagine these hordes of iPad "pro" users who nervously look for free wifi stickers when going abroad. Oh, when you can't access the internet you're screwed, as this fancy cloud will stop working and you loose access to all of the data.

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RE[2]: That's a lot of work....
by Morgan on Fri 27th Oct 2017 13:23 in reply to "RE: That's a lot of work...."
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I believe the Mosh terminal app that the author spoke of is what allows one to work in this setup, compensating for spotty or unreliable Internet access.

Still, trusting real work to such an app, and to this working environment, will only ever be an experiment as far as I'm concerned. I'd never rely on a setup like this full time, and I suspect it was done more for the sake of saying "I did this!" than for any real, practical use.

As I said above, a Chromebook would make more sense and provide a more reliable cloud-based mobile workstation (and I say that as someone who has zero trust in Google and gave up Google products last year). For that matter, an ultralight laptop running a stripped down Linux installation (perhaps based on Alpine) would be even more ideal...but then we get away from the hipster-ish notion of doing it all on an iPad for the LOLs, which was the tone I got from the article.

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RE: That's a lot of work....
by Troels on Fri 27th Oct 2017 15:42 in reply to "That's a lot of work...."
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My thought exactly...

Actually not totally unlike how my setup would look in the mid to late 90s, a screen filled with terminals. But i would rather change profession than go back to developing without an IDE

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RE[2]: That's a lot of work....
by woegjiub on Tue 31st Oct 2017 01:53 in reply to "RE: That's a lot of work...."
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You're rather underestimating the power of (neo)vim.

Everything you can do in an IDE, I get in vim.

Omnicompletion ("intellisense") with deep language and context integration, asynchronous linting/compilation, task management, git integration, definition jumping and refactoring, advanced templating and snippet construction...

First thing I do any time I'm forced to use an IDE (Android Studio etc.) is install vim emulation and get frustrated at how little they can do.

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