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Dylan Balagtas
Dylan Balagtas

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The Laptop less Developer

The Problem

I've been active on Twitter lately

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Supper active like non stop scrolling down my feed 😂

And I saw a tweet

"what about those who doesn't have access to a laptop/computer"

This is my classmate, and I know him as one of the most passionate developers I meet.

And he had the opportunity during his internship to get hold of a laptop/computer.

Sadly due to the COVID-19 our internship were set to a hold.

It hit me hard as I always complained how my laptop doesn't have a graphic card, needs constant electricity, heavier than a math textbook.

While I had a friend who was struggling doing the things he is passionate about because he doesn't have a laptop.

So I thought through, made some research and made this

How to become a laptopless developer

One way to learn as a developer, or in anything actually. You need to apply on the things you've learned

And how are we going to do that?

Well lucky for you, I made this list on awesome tools you can use with just your phone

  • These are chosen base on searching the word code in Google Play Store-
  • This may vary on OS

The Review

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  • Syntax highlighting
  • 10,000+ lines support
  • Small size 2.2mb
  • Multi tab editing

🔑 My comment:

Fair perspective this is just an editor Not really and IDE but just so you can edit


  • Works offline
  • And small storage


  • Doesn't have a debugger, you can't tell whether you're writing your code correctly or not

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🎆 Features:

  • Rich Text Editor with Syntax highlighting.(Code Editor)
  • Line number, Auto indent, Autocomplete Parenthesis.
  • Undo Redo.
  • File Open/Save.
  • Custom Suggestion View.
  • Multiple Language Support.
  • User input for languages like C, C++, Java, Php, JavaScript, Node.js and others.
  • Active debug view for faster access to Output.
  • Thoroughly designed Algorithm problems to improve coding Skills and make programmers industry ready.
  • Leader Board: To know where you stand amongst the vast Dcoder community.
  • Custom Menu Drawer, Custom Code Editor Themes, Editable font Size for Editor and much more!!

🔑 My Comment*:*
✅ Pro:

  • Have terminal
  • Social network

❌ Con:

  • Limited due to cloud base storage
  • online

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🎆 Features:

NOTE: You cannot run programs other than HTML, MarkDown and JavaScript, means you cannot run Python, PHP, Java, C/C++, etc, but you can use Termux along side Acode to run these programs

  • No ads
  • Edit any file from your device.
  • GitHub support
  • FTP support (No SFTP yet, plans to add it later)
  • Supports syntax highlighting for 100+ programming languages
  • Dozens of themes
  • User friendly
  • In-app HTML/Mark Down preview
  • Interactive JavaScript console
  • In app file browser
  • Open source
  • Supports 50,000+ lines
  • Fast work flow
  • Open more than one file
  • Customizable
  • Keyboard shortcuts

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  • Clone public or private (requires app password/token) repositories
  • Quick snippets keyboard for faster code edits
  • Git client integration (checkout/pull/push/commit/log)
  • Diff viewer for git-enabled projects
  • Preview web pages on your device
  • Project or file code searching
  • Code syntax analysis and smart auto-completer
  • Code completion and context provider (signature/definition lookup)
  • Auto code-indentation (using js-beautify)
  • Light/dark themes available
  • Integrated JavaScript console
  • Preview markdown
  • Export/import project/files to zip file
  • Works offline (fixed)
  • CSS Color selector
  • Cool JavaScript labs to play with

🔑 My comment:

  • Good for Web Development -
  • ⚠️ Has dev tools for web


  • Can't run programs that are not HTML, CSS and JS.

🔑 Conclusion

  • Eventually if you want to practice on a particular language other than JS

    • DCoder is your man
    • Alternatively you can use REPL it's mobile friendly

    ⚠️ But I found out you can actually run your own terminal using Termux

    and can even install python

    Which will be another topic for another day

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  • Web Development

    • I'll go with SPCK Editor
      • ✅ Its just like vscode in your phone
      • ✅ Also has Emmet!
      • ✅ Plus to add works offline!
      • ✅ Has web tools!
  • Simple Editor

    • Acode is your man
      • ✅ Just have better features
      • ✅ Like the extra toolbar for common movements
      • ✅ Intellisence

Tell me more if I missed any!

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