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I was wondering if anyone knew of any tablets that would be good for a programmer? Do any tablets have the ability to run/compile programs in C++ specifically? It would be useful in my computer science courses at university.
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if you really want something like that, look into a tablet that runs windows.
I know the asus eee slate does. It also has a pen that can be used, so that is a plus.
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It looks awesome but it also has a hefty price tag haha.

Asus seems to be bringing a lot of great products to the table lately.
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I don't think that C++ is possible on Android, but the Asus EEE Transformer is an awesome product.

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUm6D9cVuRQ[/ame]

It has the ability to become into a laptop anytime and is running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. A really good device in my opinion!
    
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post #5 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by aryuautku;13328175 
I don't think that C++ is possible on Android, but the Asus EEE Transformer is an awesome product.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUm6D9cVuRQ

It has the ability to become into a laptop anytime and is running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. A really good device in my opinion!

The Android NDK lets you run native C++ applications.

AFAIK there is no native IDE or compiler (aside from the Dalvik JIT compiler)

Tablets by definition don't have keyboards, so there isn't really any demand for programming.

Your university probably has a linux workstation that you can remotely access (mine does). So if you wanted to you could always do your programming work on the tablet then just SSH into the workstation and compile/run your code.


If you want to do that you're going to need an Android tablet, since the iPad is still just running a phone OS with tablet apps, and one does not simply SSH into Mordor a remote server on an iPad.


You can also run linux distros like Ubuntu on Android devices. You need to use VNC to get the display but it does work...

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDB0PMrGdN0[/ame]


That should at the very least get you access to the GNU compiler collection and a decent text editor.
    
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Yeah, I really like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. I was considering getting one but to be honest I really don't know what I want. Thanks for the recommendations guys. This tablet thing is really a tough decision. The transformer really stands out to me compared to the iPad though. Hmm...

Edit: Just saw your post Nathris and I got to say that is some awesome info. I will probably post back with more of a reply but I want to watch all of the vids first.
Edited by canadianpanda - 4/30/11 at 8:19pm
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post #7 of 22
You could always wait for Moorestown as well.

I expect we'll see around 500 new tablets at Computex, and I'll bet a significant portion will be Moorestown tablets running Windows 7.

Oh and they have a Best Buy in Nanaimo right? The one down here at Uptown has a Motorola Xoom display model if you want to play around with an Android tablet (its a little clunky though, due to the fact its a display model and is running stock firmware)
    
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Yeah we have a best buy and future shop in between north end and down town.
I looked at the xoom and compared to the transformer the transformer wins hands down.

OFF-T : Nice to see a fellow OCN'er lives near by! I only moved to BC last year tongue.gif
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post #9 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by nathris;13336417 
The Android NDK lets you run native C++ applications.

AFAIK there is no native IDE or compiler (aside from the Dalvik JIT compiler)

Tablets by definition don't have keyboards, so there isn't really any demand for programming.

Your university probably has a linux workstation that you can remotely access (mine does). So if you wanted to you could always do your programming work on the tablet then just SSH into the workstation and compile/run your code.


If you want to do that you're going to need an Android tablet, since the iPad is still just running a phone OS with tablet apps, and one does not simply SSH into Mordor a remote server on an iPad.


You can also run linux distros like Ubuntu on Android devices. You need to use VNC to get the display but it does work...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDB0PMrGdN0


That should at the very least get you access to the GNU compiler collection and a decent text editor.

Actually someone on XDADevelopers managed to get Ubuntu to work on a Samsung Galaxy Tab natively. He had the OS installed on the SD card and used the linux console android natively has to run it. Not sure about how it works though, but here is the link.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=933667

I found another one but seems like it's an emulation.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=836022
    
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the second version of the eee transformer will be windows based, think it might be worth the wait.
    
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