Home is where the tablet is
All in all, I was able to do more work than I expected while on vacation with just my iPad, and more efficiently, too. With a little preparation and some creative thinking, I was able to take care of all the critical tasks that came along without too much hassle.
More importantly, the experience left me with the firm conviction that none of the problems I had to contend with are inherent limitations of the iPad as a platform. By and large, every issue I encountered was due either to apps misbehaving or to restrictions that Apple chooses to force on its users—some of which, like the inability to debug webpages, feel ridiculously contrived.
Ultimately, it has become obvious to me that it's only a matter of time before more sophisticated developer-oriented software makes its way to the iPad; together with ubiquitous Internet access and inexpensive remote services like Digital Ocean's virtual servers, it will hopefully elevate tablets to first-class programming platforms, thus freeing us all from the need to carry laptops everywhere we go.
Sign up for CIO Asia eNewsletters.