Kodiak PHP lets you Run PHP code offline on your iPad

For all the (web) developers out there, one of the most appealing aspects of coding on the iPad is that they can easily take their work with them anywhere. While there are a handful of programming editors on the App Store, none – at least when it comes to PHP – allow offline PHP execution. Thanks to the Kodiak dev team however, that’s no longer the case with the release of Kodiak PHP, the first iOS app that can run your precious code without an internet connection.

Besides having the distinction as the first app that lets users natively run their code, Kodiak PHP features syntax highlighting that is easy on the eyes, a more than capable on-screen keyboard (swipe gestures via the handy navigation key), a file manager and support for multiple tabs. Currently, PHP is the only language supported, though expect more to be added in the future, like C, C++, Perl, Python, Ruby and others. An iPhone version is even in the works, so soon you can write and execute code on all iDevices.

Unfortunately, the one thing currently missing is the ability to remotely access your files via FTP, Webdav etc., which would have been huge from a development standpoint. We were told by Adam Horacek of Kodiak that this feature was actually part of the app that was initially submitted to Apple, but it was sadly rejected. The reason? Apple doesn’t allow apps which can execute code to also download any code. Hopefully, the solution they’re working on at the moment will pass Apple’s stringent approval process and allow for FTP in the near future.

If you do plenty of coding in PHP or are even just starting to learn the language, Kodiak PHP is definitely worth a closer look. It’s also currently priced at $4.99, though this will shortly go back to its regular price of $9.99.

Kodiak PHP Adam Horacek, Kodiak PHP – $4.99

  • Gene Rodrigues

    The ability to import PHP libraries and frameworks into Kodiak PHP may be solved shortly because it is possible in Kodiak Javascript by downloading ZIP files containing the code with PerfectBrowser which has Dropbox support. Then export the ZIP files from the /apps/PerfectBrowser/ folder in Dropbox to Kodiak Javascript. Anticipating seeing the same support added to Kodiak PHP.

    As an experiment, I installed the YII Framework library as a ZIP file into Kodiak Javascript just to see if the editor could handle the import and unzip the files. The editor displays a blank screen after transferring the files to Kodiak Javascript which can be cleared by killing the application in the MultiTasking Bar, then restarting it. The ZIP file will appear in the /input/ folder and can be unzipped successfully afterwards (all 5000+ files). Cannot say if the YII framework can be used in Kodiak PHP at this point because the editor does not support the code as of yet.

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