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Awesome.  Thanks again for your fast replies.  You will soon count me as a customer.  : ) 
Thank you for the quick feedback.  Tell me if this sounds silly: Write/edit code on Textastic, save the file on the cloud, switch to an SSH app, pull up the file just saved, and compile/run at the command line.  I realize it would be much simpler to just use a laptop, but I'd really like to know if the iPad can operate as a de facto laptop for simple programming use on the go.  (Either way, I'm buying Textastic the day I get my iPad.  It looks super awesome.)