With just the editorial features of Textastic, you would have a darn good coding editor -- but there's definitely more to it. Opening files are all well and good if they're on the iPad's local storage, but iPads are historically persnickety when it comes to transferring files to and fro. Textastic takes care of this, baking multiple ways to get files to the iPad right into the application. A simple FTP client will connect to any authorized server via FTP/SFTP, or you can connect to any authorized Dropbox account to download and upload files. There's even a running WebDAV server in Textastic, so you can push files to the iPad from a PC, Mac, or Linux machine.
Using Dropbox in Textastic was remarkably straightforward. After adding the connection to a known Dropbox account, moving files down to the iPad (and up again to Dropbox) was a two-tap operation. The connection is persistent, too; after editing a file downloaded from another location, one of the sharing options is re-uploading the file back to the online source.
One of the other features that make this app well worth the price tag is the developer, Alexander Blach. Blach is very much involved in improving his app, and his feedback site demonstrates that effort clearly. On that site, users can provide suggestions -- and more importantly see the features that Blach is working on for future versions of Textastic (hint: support for version control systems like Subversion and git).
Project management on the move
The old adage goes something like this: how do you eat an elephant?
The answer: One bite at a time.
And that's the real trick behind project management: looking at a really big goal (building that suite of applications, or porting an existing app to the cloud) and parsing it into smaller, finite steps. If you break huge insurmountable projects into these smaller tasks, not only is the end result perceived as achievable, but you also have a path in place for the project.
Developers with big projects on their plate may need an app that will help them manage their workload. There are two ways of going about this: using task management or project management tools.
There are a number of really good task management tools for the iPad, which handle tasks as they come up, without focusing on the bigger picture. Remember the Milk and Things for iPad are two apps that meet those criteria very well. Remember the Milk is perhaps the better of the two, since its Web-based system enables access to task lists from any device with a browser.
Traditional project management has a more project-centric point of view than task management tools like Remember the Milk. Task management tools enable you to create tasks, and, at best, group those tasks into larger projects.