Support Lua code language?
Does this app support the Lua code?
I wanted something with not that much features so I can learn it.
Codea has a marginally easier entry - but to do anything more complex than a simple demo, you will need to get deeper into the language than you might think, and Python is (IMHO) no harder than lua. Pythonista itself is a bit harder to use to make a graphical demo, but not much harder, and there are things you can do in Pythonista that are not exposed or possible in Codea.
So - if your goal is to make fun things on the ipad, either will work. If you want to learn, you will find the concepts in Pythonista carry on out to other environments, but much of what you learn in Codea is the Codea libraries, not lua, and is not easy to take out of there. (The closest analog outside of the ipad is probably love2d, you can google for it)
@ccc That's not a real app, is it? There is Codea, which is kind of like Pythonista for Lua. They also have a free version called Codea Scratchpad with limited functionality.
Actually, Scratchpad is currently 5 bucks. So, since you can't "try-before-you-buy," it makes more sense to me to just by the full $15 app. I don't see any usefulness for Scratchpad now that it is no longer free.
That's an odd choice. I don't see why one would buy that version then. Also if the full Codea costs $15, you're better off with Pythonista, which costed $10 last I checked. Not to mention that Python is more usable as a stand-alone language than Lua, which is meant to be lightweight and embeddable. There's just so much more you can do with Python's standard library alone than with Lua's.
Wait, the full Codea costs $15 now? I think I'll have to adjust my prices. ;)
@Webmaster4o Originally, Scratchpad was created to be a way for Codea owners to share their creations with their friends without those friends having to buy the app. I don't know what happened.
@disorientedp I think I would have mixed feelings about something like that for Pythonista. Pythonista is a super high quality product, a bare-bones version might get poor reviews and reduce people's opinion of Pythonista in general, but it would also be cool to share with friends.
I guess that's what the Xcode template is for, but you kind of need a developer license. You can't even sideload without a valid developer license.
Wait, the full Codea costs $15 now? I think I'll have to adjust my price
The other trend would be a cheaper stripped down version (to compete with those other python apps) with in-app purchases to unlock the extra modules. Really, you should offer a $30 pandas IAP so we can stop getting the "please pandas" posts :)
I think one thing that is missing from any discussion concerning prices is perspective. Apps like either Codea or Pythonista would cost much more before the mobile boom.
To not distract from the topic any further, I have been toying with the Pythonista scene module and I think it is very capable. It is more like Codea with "not that much features."
So stick with Pythonista.
One thing to note also is that Codea was built with game development in mind, so certain features were added for that reason.