I'm Nick Walter, an iOS developer that has been focused on mobile app design and creation for over 3 years. My involvement in the iOS community started off with a bang, and in 2013 I was one of 25 students worldwide to be invited to Apple's "Cocoa Camp." Within my community, I am also co-president of an Apple developer group called "Cocoa Heads."
I've always had an itch to make things, but growing up in a small town I had limited access to programming resources. This frustration drove my early interest in online education. After experimenting with various companies, learning styles, and teaching processes, I've adopted the best strategies and used them in my courses. My experience as an online student has directly influenced my teaching style, and I am now proud to help students all over the world with their online learning goals.
Since the announcement of the new Swift programming language by Apple, I have buried myself in the Apple documentation and any online resource that is available. In my first Swift course, I provide students with a detailed explanation of the topics and skills needed to learn Swift, an overview of the basic features of the new language, and get you started to begin building your first products.
Prior to teaching the internet's first course on Swift, I have created 5 iOS apps from scratch that are currently live in the App Store and being used by thousands of users worldwide. Using my experience launching my own apps, I'll walk you through the shortcuts that can save you time and frustration from having to teach yourself.
I am a Utah based iOS developer that enjoys creating apps with Objective-C and Swift. I've published 5+ apps to both the App Store and Google Play Store, building up a wide range of mobile development skills across both platforms in the process. I am passionate about writing truly great apps, the kind that care about details beyond just a great UI, from the UX down to each line of code.
I graduated in June 2014 as a Master of Information Systems with a minor in Computer Science. During my time in school I participated in two summer internships as an app developer and worked as a TA for the iOS programming class after having taken the class myself the previous year. I was also able to attend WWDC and Cocoa Camp during the summer of 2013. These experiences have given me numerous opportunities to learn about iOS development from the people that created it! I enjoy learning about iOS development as well as helping others do the same.
Having some educational background in programming, but none in Apple's world, I identify with self-taught programmers. There's nothing like the first time you code something and run it on your phone. It's a feeling of empowerment knowing that with the right idea, focus, and delivery you could be the next person to create an awesome app loved by millions.
A couple of years ago I was a complete noob trying to learn iOS development. The blog posts, YouTube vids, and tutorials sites helped me SO much, as I preferred the hands-on approach of doing as opposed to digging through dense programming books that often lacked any real-world applicable example. I'm stoked to be involved in teaching a Swift course and hope to help many of you learn Swift and get on your way to writing awesome apps!
Become one of the world's earliest Swift developers with this introductory course on Apple’s new programming language.
A Modern Language Evolved from Objective C
Swift is a multi-paradigm programming language developed by Apple for use with iOS and OS X. Designed to replace Objective C, work began on Swift in 2010 and the first mobile app was debuted in June 2014 at the Worldwide Developers Conference. Despite its goal of replacing Objective C, Swift is capable of working alongside the more dated Objective C language while using the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks.
Swift is built with the LLVM compiler included in Xcode 6 beta, and uses the Objective-C runtime, allowing Objective-C, Objective-C++ and Swift code to run within a single program. During it’s debut, Swift was described as “Objective C without the C” by Apple’s VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi.
Contents and Overview
Through 95+ video lectures and 4 hours of content, you will be lead through setting up Swift locally, the basics of the language, how it compares to other common languages (including Objective C), and how to get started on new projects.
The course is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to Swift, so that you can begin experimenting right away. Upon completion, you will understand the foundations of Swift code and will be able to develop custom applications. You will also get experience working with Xcode's new .playground file. By enrolling in this course you will be months ahead of other developers attempting learn the new Swift programming language by navigating Apple's 500-page instructional document.
Course material is regularly refreshed to include all of the newest updates and information, and since you’re granted lifetime access upon registering, you can rely on this course to keep your Swift skills on the cutting edge.
A lot of the information in this lecture was covered in the previous lecture but I wanted to have this separate lecture to really drive home the value of Unicode for naming variables. Feel free to skip!
The author uses the worst examples I have ever seen in a course / book / tutorial. Variable names don't match what's actually being accomplished on screen. The teacher often randomly changes stuff to show some point, leaving the overall example a huge mess. The course is based on Apple's book on Swift, but doesn't provide anything interesting besides what you already find in the book. This the overall pace is very slow. If you are a complete programming newbie, you will get confused by the examples and lack of explanation of basic data structures or concepts. If you are an experienced developer who wants to learn swift quickly, you will get disappointed by the slow pace. I appreciate the authors work, but it just doesn't seam appealing to me.
I think this course is good for a beginner. It's easy and fast to understand.
I have never done any kind of coding or programming before. I have read the Apple's Swift book but there were a lot of things that didn't click for me. Nick explains things to make them easy and this class gave me a really good understanding. Thanks for the great material and look forward to the future lectures.
Great course that gives you the basic knowledge of Swift. A great complement to the Swift documentation. Hoping that there will be more lectures added on the rest of the chapters in the documentation book.
I think this course is good for beginners to learn the language swift. No basics are required to learn it. But an understanding of programming structure will help. If there are any questions, the questions will be answered within two days. So I can recommend this to others who wanna learn swift. The reason why there aren't 5 stars: - I would hope to get a more structured way. Sometimes you try to grab some elements from further chapters, which makes a bit confusing. - Maybe add some exercise for the student and give the solution in the end of the class (learn by doing)