Before we delve right into the functionality, it is important to understand that View Source might not have been as effective a tool had it not been for iOS 8’s support for extensions. See, apps in iOS 7 were incapable of accessing other installed apps, this meant that for tools like View Source, Pocket or Flipboard , you would have to copy a link, open the app and then manually make the entry. Seasoned Android users will look upon this arrangement with a much warranted derision, since they have had this functionality for quite a few years now. With iOS 8, you can share extensions between apps, as part of their open architecture. So, if you want to view a site’s source now, all you have to do is tap the share button and open in View Source.
There is a bit of a configuration for that, open Safari, tap on the share button, in the menu that pops up, where it says ‘Add Bookmarks’, ‘Add to Reading List’,etc. scroll right and you will find a button that reads ‘more’ with three dots for an icon. Tap that and add the feature(s) you want, here. Now, these features will be available any time you access a “Share” menu in iOS 8.
Now, onto the actual app. View Source is for a select demographic only, namely the developers. Having been a web developer once, a lifetime ago, I can imagine the excitement this prospect presents. Though it doesn’t come up frequently, but if a website’s source needs to be accessed quickly, then this is exactly the tool for the job.
Do keep in mind that it is quite a burden to read on the iPhone, it will be easier on the iPad, even relatively easier on iPhone 6 plus. However with appropriate color coded tags – that you can adjust in themes – it can be made very easy to read.
I recommend all web developers to have this on hand, sometimes efficiency comes in handy.