Saturday, September 20, 2014

Creating posts from my phone part 3

In the last two posts I went over first why and then, in general, how I am writing posts using my phone.  In this article I will get into some more specifics about the setup of my dev machine and some apps that I am using.

Most of the time I'm at home so I can access my local dev machine on my home network.  This allows me to make an ssh connection and get to a command prompt.  My dev machine is a MacBook Pro.  Getting that far opens up a lot of possibilities.

I have a site setup on my dev machine where I write and test code for the posts and lots of other scratch code.  This site is committed to Github.  This got me thinking about whether I could edit code on my phone.  I found an app called SGit that allows you to checkout and commit to your github repositories.

  It also has a built in editor but there was something about it that  I didn't like.  I can't remember what the problem was right now.  I found an app called Quoda that seems like a nice editor so far.  It has some features that are only in the pay version, that would be nice to have, but I haven't bought it yet.

With all this setup I am now able to checkout and update my code with SGit, edit it with Quoda then re-commit it.  Using an app called SSH Client I can connect to my dev machine using ssh.  I also tried ConnectBot, but it didn't seem to be able to keep multiple connections active.  Then I can run 'git pull' to update the local site and then run the new code in the browser on my phone.

I am also sometimes using a free service called ngrok that allows temporarily pointing a domain to your local machine behind your router or whatever you have.  I can start and stop this from the command prompt.  This allows me to access my local site on a domain name instead of the IP address.  I have multiple sites setup using Apache and virtual hosts.  You can specify the subdomain that you want so you can have it already setup in your virtual hosts file.  This would also allow me to access my local site remotely without having anyrhing more than ssh open through my router.  I have only done this from home so far.

With all this I can pretty much do everything I need to do to get these posts done.  Some of this process is pretty slow.  I'm thinking I may be able to setup something to automatically update the code on my dev machine on a schedule or something.  There may be some other ways to speed up the process.  I will post again if I significantly change my process.

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