Hacking with macOS - Build 18 Desktop Apps with Swift 3
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The Hacking with macOS tutorial series is designed to make it easy for beginners to get started coding for macOS
4.4 (113 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,107 students enrolled
Created by Stephen DeStefano
Last updated 5/2017
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  • 22 hours on-demand video
  • 54 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Place your own amazing desktop apps into the hands of thousands of people through the Mac App Store
  • Become completely proficient with Swift 3 and macOS app development
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  • You will need a Mac, and Xcode 8 which is a free download from the Mac App Store, and simply a desire to transform your ideas into amazing apps

This course is produced from the "Hacking with macOS" series of tutorials, which are written and authored by the award winning Swift programmer, Paul Hudson,  and these videos were made with his permission and support. You can always be guaranteed you're learning the latest and greatest Apple technologies in the Hacking with Swift tutorials. Here you learn smart, powerful, and expressive Swift 3, the way it was meant to be written. You learn while you make real-world desktop apps, which means you get to apply your new skills immediately and see them work in context. Hacking with Swift is one of the most popular Swift tutorial series online, which uses an approach that teaches you Swift programming incredibly quickly, and you end up with a huge library of finished projects that are yours to develop further, or ship to the Mac App Store. Paul has received high praise from the creator of the Swift language, Chris Lattner, for his outstanding method of teaching, and series of Swift tutorials. And working together with iOS developer Steve DeStefano, the Hacking with Swift series of programming training videos are simply the fastest way to learn how to code in the Apple eco-system.

Check out all of Paul Hudson's Swift tutorials and books at HackingWithSwift - from beginner to pro, Paul will teach you to write Swift code in very little time.

  • Want to learn how to build amazing desktop apps? 
  • Want to code your own custom buttons for the new MacBook Pro “Touch Bar”? 
  • This course has all the step by step instruction you need to create awesome apps to submit to the Mac App Store. And the Mac App Store is also a great source of revenue as it only has a fraction of the number of apps that the iOS App Store has, and typically you charge more for a Mac app.
  • Building a Mac desktop app uses the exact same Swift 3 language as iOS apps…there are differences of course from iOS, such as the macOS user interface uses windows instead of screens for an iPhone, but if your coming from iOS, the transition is seamless...an example is on iOS we use a UIImageView, and on macOS we use an NSImageView…simple right?. 
  • If your completely new to coding, don’t worry, we have you covered, as there is also a language section in the course that starts at the very beginning, and covers the complete Swift 3 language.
  • The term "Hacking with macOS" means we are "playing" with the Swift language, and using it in unique and interesting ways.
  • Desktop apps are fun to build, simply add your own unique creativity, and follow along in the lectures, and before you know it, you've created a masterpiece.....how cool is it to have your very own creation right on your prized MacBook Pro, and on thousands of other MacBook Pros? 
  • This course makes use of annotations, callouts, diagrams, highlighting, and deep explanations that help make complex subject matter, much easier to grasp, and guides you along the path of the code, each step of the way. 
  • This course also makes the perfect reference tool kit, to be used in conjunction with the Apple docs, so that you can go back and scrub through any of the lectures very quickly to pull out relevant code or instruction that you need, as there's no wasted chatter here, it's strictly on point with Swift 3 and macOS.

Some of the topics that will be covered:

  • Featuring apps built by the award winning Swift programmer - Paul Hudson - HackingWithSwift dot com
  • Build 18 projects - each one teaching a new aspect of macOS
  • We use Xcode 8 - The latest version
  • The Swift 3 language - we go from variables to creating our own functions and more
  • Learn Swift by use of annotations - diagrams - highlighting - callouts
  • Touch Bar - code your own custom touch bar buttons and controls
  • How to use controls - Outlets and Actions 
  • Windows - Controllers - Table views
  • Split view controllers - Toolbars
  • Web views
  • Using delegates and protocols
  • Work with the social framework - FB - Twitter etc.
  • Learn how to refactor code
  • The ins and outs of GCD
  • SpriteKit and Games
  • The new UserDefaults to persist data
  • Adding audio - Animations
  • Master strings in Swift 3
  • Using stackView
  • Grid views
  • Learn the best debugging techniques
  • Auto layout easy and advanced - create constraints using VFL
  • Learn how to work with JSON data in swift
  • NSUndoManager - Add undo and redo to your apps
  • NSDocument
  • Bindings - Which let you build apps with very little code
  • And a ton more!
  • All videos are recorded in HD for maximum resolution and clarity

Swift is the new language of the future, and with this course you will get plenty of instruction on how to implement it in unique ways to create beautiful desktop apps. 

This course assumes you have no programming experience, so its perfect for the beginner. Its also a nice fit for the intermediate and experienced coder as well.

If you think this might be too difficult for you, think again, and come code along with me in a step by step format....just add a big portion of your own unique creativity, and before you know it, you will have built many amazing apps that you can submit to the Mac App Store, and place in the hands of thousands of people. See you inside the course.

Happy Coding :-)

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who has a burning desire to get their own creative ideas translated into desktop apps on the mac. We cover the complete Swift 3 language and then how to build apps in macOS - From beginner to advanced
  • This is the perfect course if your coming from another language like Objective C or any other language, and you'll see how easy it is to transition to swift 3.
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Curriculum For This Course
162 Lectures
Paul Hudson and Hacking With macOS - Tour of the HackingWithSwift.com site
2 Lectures 03:21

Paul Hudson and Hacking with macOS - Tour of the HackingWithSwift.com site
Inro to Hacking with macOS - Notes for iOS devs - More then one way to do it
2 Lectures 15:42
Intro to hacking with macOS part 1 - Notes for iOS developers

Intro to hacking with macOS part 2 - There Is More Than One Way To Do It
Xcode walk through
1 Lecture 18:49
Xcode 8 walk through
The Swift 3 Language
25 Lectures 03:31:16
Variables - Part 1 - Data types - Type annotation - Type inference

Variables - Part 2 - Data Types - Type Annotation - Type Inference continued

Operators - Part 1 - Unary, Binary, Ternary, Assignment, and Remainder operators

Operators - Part 2 - Increment, Decrement, Minus Unary, Compound Assignment

Operators - Part 3 - Range, and Logical operators


Property Observers


Protocols Part 1 - Syntax and declaring - Adding functions

Protocols Part 2 - Adding properties -Delegation - Static keyword

Enums Part 1 - Raw values - Associated values

Enums Part 2 - Implicitly assigned raw values

Enums Part 3 - Initializing - recursive enums

Generics Part 1

Generics Part 2

Type Casting - Part 1 - The "as" and "is" operators

Type Casting - Part 2 - Using AnyObject and Any

Nested Types

Tuples part 1 - Using and accessing values

Tuples part 2 - Using them with functions and optionals

Closures Part 1 - Syntax and Optimizations

Closures Part 2 - Trailing Closures

Closures Part 3 - Capturing Values
Control Flow
4 Lectures 26:20
if statement - else if - nested if's


for in loop

while and repeat while loops
7 Lectures 43:23
Arrays part 1 - Declaring and initialiizing an array

Arrays part 2 - Accessing and modifying

Arrays part 3 - More of accessing and modifying

Dictionaries - Part 1

Dictionaries - part 2

Sets Part 1 - Declaring and initializing sets

Sets Part 2 - Accessing and modifying sets
4 Lectures 27:55
Functions - Part 1 - Declaring - Syntax - Return

Functions Part 2 - Working with functions

Functions Part 3 - Working with more functions

Functions Part 4 - Nested Functions
4 Lectures 29:47
Strings Part 1 - Literals - mutability - interpolation - characters

Strings Part 2 - Accessing and modifying strings

Strings Part 3 - Comparing strings

Strings Part 4 - Even more of accessing and modifying strings
Classes - Properties - inits - Subclassing
3 Lectures 17:03
Classes - initializers - properties

Subclassing Part 1

Subclassing Part 2
Whats New in Swift 3.0
3 Lectures 24:48
Part 1 - Depreciations - Method and Parameter names - Omit needless words

Part 2 - Lowercase enums and properties - Foundation Framework namings

Part 3 - Importing C Funcs - Dispatch - KVO - Verbs and Nouns
19 More Sections
About the Instructor
Stephen DeStefano
4.6 Average rating
847 Reviews
7,879 Students
9 Courses
iOS / macOS Developer / Swift Instructor

My name is Steve DeStefano, an iOS instructor, and working together with Paul Hudson, the award winning Swift programmer, i've transfered his best selling iOS / macOS / watchOS, and other books into lecture style courses. So your getting the best instruction available for everything Apple. Paul's teaching method has been hailed as one of the best ways to learn how to code in the shortest amount of time, and he has received high praise from the creator of the Swift language, Chris Lattner. I offer a unique way of presenting Paul's material, which is with the help of callouts, highlighting and graphics, all to make it easy to follow the path of the code, and understand the content. If your think this might be too difficult, think again, and then come code along with Paul and me, and see how easy it is to learn Swift and app building. Go from a newbie to an Apple developer in a short amount of time, and see your own unique creations in the App Sore, and in the hands of thousands of people.