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iOS and Swift Essentials

If you're new to Swift and iOS development and want to write applications that run on the iPhone or iPad, this course is just what you need.

Description

This 6.5 day course is designed to enable experienced programmers to begin developing applications for iOS using the Swift programming language. Students first learn the Swift programming language. They then learn about the fundamental building blocks of iOS as well as common patterns and conventions to help propel their iOS development skills forward.

Bootcamp Price: $5200

In the Atlanta area? Interested in commuting to class? Contact training@bignerdranch.com to discuss commuting options and discounts.

Who should take this class?

  • Experienced developers wanting to learn the fundamentals of iOS development.

  • Developers will need a working understanding of Swift to be successful.

What you'll learn:

  • Understand how Xcode is organized and feel comfortable navigating the development environment.

  • Learn about the Swift programming language and best practices in order to write idiomatic code.

  • Create interfaces that scale across a variety of screen sizes and devices using Auto Layout and size classes.

  • Display lists of data using table views and collection views.

  • Interact with web services and JSON to fetch and display data.

  • Localize applications to support other locales.

  • Persist data using archiving and Core Data.

How to prepare:

Pre-Course Assignment

This class is intensive! So that we can make the best use of our time together, please come to class with an understanding of the basic Swift syntax. You can get all you need by working through our Swift pre-course workbook, which will be sent to you after registering for class.

 

Xcode and iOS

Please download the latest version of Xcode, which is necessary for the class. You can get the latest version of Xcode from the Mac App Store. iOS 12 is available as an over-the-air update for your iOS device if you’ll be bringing one. Please plan to download Xcode and run OS updates prior to arriving for class. Xcode requires that your Mac be running macOS 10.13.6 or later.

Device Provisioning

 

In order to get the best possible experience from the class, we recommend that you bring an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with you. Testing the apps that we write in class will be much more fun if you can see them on your device.

*We will be using iOS 12 for all examples and exercises in this class, so devices should be running iOS 12.

If you don’t have access to a device, don’t despair! It’s more fun to test your apps during class on a device, but all of the exercises in class can be performed just fine using the iOS Simulator that’s included with Xcode.

Syllabus:

SWIFT

  • Understand elements of the Swift standard library

  • Learn about Swift’s approach to safety and how to use it to write better apps

  • Implement Swift’s functional patterns and utilize extensions to extend “out-of-the-box” functionality

 

XCODE

  • Navigate Apple’s IDE for developing iOS applications

  • Debug problems with applications using the tools that Xcode provides

 

USER INTERFACES

  • Explore basic interface elements such as labels, buttons, and segmented controls

  • Use text fields along with the delegation design pattern to gather user input

  • Build interfaces more easily using stack views

  • Use containers such as tab bar and navigation controllers to manage more complicated application structures

  • Design flexible interfaces that scale across different devices and screen sizes using Auto Layout and size classes

 

COLLECTIONS

  • Learn how to utilize the data source design pattern

  • Display lists of elements using table views

  • Display grids of elements using collection views


LOCALIZATION

  • Remove hard-coded locale-specific information – such as date formatting and decimal separators – from applications

  • Localize applications into more than one language

 

DATA PERSISTENCE

  • Learn how the file system is organized on iOS

  • Use archiving to persist simple object graphs to the file system

  • Use Core Data to manage and persist complex object graphs

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