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Mastering Server Side Swift Using Vapor

Take your Swift Skills to the Cloud
4.5 (18 ratings)
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1,105 students enrolled
Created by Mohammad Azam
Last updated 2/2017
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  • 8 Supplemental Resources
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  • Certificate of Completion

Are you interested in learning how to write a complete backend API using Swift? 

Swift on the server is the future of iOS development. And now you can learn it from the comfort of your home.. in your own time.. without having to attend class. 

My name is Mohammad Azam, creator of many popular online courses including Mastering MapKit in iOS Using Swift and Creating Stickers and iMessages Applications in iOS 10 Using Swift 3

I have created over 2 dozens apps and some of my apps were even featured by Apple on the App Store. I have worked with fortune 500 companies as a lead iOS developer and helped them grow their business ten folds. At present I am a full time iOS Instructor at The Iron Yard where I teach users how to create amazing iOS applications. 

What’s stopping you from signing up to today?

  • You don't have enough time: Not a problem at all. We have designed the course so you can learn everything you need to know in less than 4 hours. In fact if you think that the course fell short on delivering topics then we will give you your MONEY BACK. 

Here are some of the reviews from our previous courses: 

"His course is AWESOME very detail instructions."

"Mohammad Azam has an excellent teaching style which makes it easy & fun to comprehend these Swift features in such a short course & he explains the concepts in more detail & clarity than most instructors. Plus, his videos are well prepared & he's very articulate. I hope he will create more courses."

"Excellent teaching. Just perfect!!!"

Buy this course today and this is what you’ll get. 

Firstly, I am using Xcode 8.1 with Swift 3.0 with this course. I will show you how to build real apps that consume the Vapor backend service. You will also learn how to use the templating engine of Vapor to create websites. 

The course is accompanied with all the code sample files. 

You will also receive a UNLIMITED support on Udemy forums. I am very active on forums and make sure that every questions is answered. 

Can you believe you get all this (and more) for just $195?

"Awesome class for really learning how to setup and implement MapKit in your iOS apps using swift. Def. one of the best classes I've taken on Udemy. Looking forward to more classes offered by Mohammad Azam. A++ class"

Why learn Server Side Swift?

  • Swift has taken the world of programming by storm. It is one of the most fastest growing languages available. Cloud computing is changing the world everyday and now you can use the power and the simplicity of the Swift language to create Cloud enabled applications. 
  • Vapor will allow you to create backend services which can be consumed by iOS, Android, Windows and Web Applications.
  • By using server side Swift using Vapor you will have complete control over your deployment process and strategy. 

Who is this for?

This course is for anyone who wants to take their skills to the next level. Server side Swift is a new technology and companies will be jumping on it in the future to create their backend systems. Server side Swift can also help you to earn higher salary since now you know how to write a complete backend from scratch.   

Is this course right for me?

Look: if you are still not convinced then I urge you to check out my 5 star reviews in other courses. I am a well known developer in the iOS community with a large following. I do a lot of speaking engagements in which I spread knowledge and education. 

If you are not satisfied with the course then I offer a 100% REFUND. I am confident that you will enjoy the course and you will utilize the knowledge you learned in this course in your future applications.

What are the requirements?

  • A Mac Computer
  • Xcode 8 or above and Swift 3.0
  • Basic understanding of the Swift language and the iOS SDK - I'll teach you everything you need to know about server side Swift using Vapor

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create backend services and API using server side Vapor framework
  • Remove the dependency on third party frameworks and non-iOS technologies 
  • Become a professional app developer, take freelance gigs and work from anywhere in the world
  • Bored with the same old, same old? Apply for a new job in a software company as an iOS developer

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wants to be an app developer: This is a complete course, just like my Complete MapKit, iMessages and Swift courses.
  • Anyone who wants to learn to code: Server side Swift is the future and the future is right NOW.
  • Anyone who wants to understand how computers work: Learning to code is so much more than being able to make apps - knowing how computers work is your key to a hugely powerful world.
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for app developers who want to learn Server Side Swift using Vapor
  • This course is for developers who want to take their skills to the next level
  • The course is for developers who wants to earn extra passive income on the side
What Will I Learn?
Develop the backend service for their apps and websites using Vapor framework
Take their skills to the next level, utilizing the Swift language to create server side API's
Increase their bill rates since now they can build a complete backend using Vapor
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  • You should be familiar with Swift Programming Language
  • You should be comfortable using Xcode. This course requires Xcode 8 and Swift 3.0
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 36 Lectures Collapse All 36 Lectures 03:36:31
5 Lectures 16:18

In this lecture we will introduce the server side Swift using the Vapor framework. This lecture goes into the details of why we need to use server side Swift and how it can benefit developers. 

Preview 02:42

In this lecture we are going to discuss different server side Swift frameworks available on the web. 

Server Side Swift Frameworks

In this lecture we will learn how to download and install the server side Swift framework called Vapor. Vapor requires at least Xcode 8 or above and Swift 3.0 language. 

Preview 02:58

In this lecture we are going to learn how to utilize the Vapor terminal to create a brand new Vapor project. Before trying out the commands in the terminal make sure you have successfully installed Vapor as indicated in the "Installing Vapor" lecture. 

Setting Up Vapor Project

In this lecture we are going to test a taste of the Vapor framework. We are going to create a very simple API call which will allow us to return back a "Hello World" message. This lecture is for you to get comfortable with the Vapor project. 

Preview 04:38
3 Lectures 14:19

In this lecture we are going to learn about the basics of the JSON notation. JSON stands for JavaScript Object Notation and is used to exchange data between the sender and the receiver. 

Introduction to JSON

In this lecture we are going to learn how to return JSON data back to the client. JSON is the preferred way of exchanging data between the client and the server. 

Returning JSON Data

In this lecture we are going to learn how to convert our custom class so it can be returned as JSON formatted object. This will open infinite opportunities for us to exchange information between the client and server in a domain specific application. 

Custom Classes as JSON Data
4 Lectures 21:49

This lecture covers multiple small topics. Nesting will allow us to create routes which can have details associated with them. Redirects will come in handy when we want to transfer to another URL or even another route action. Errors will allow us to inform the user when something bad happens. 

Nesting, Redirects and Errors

In this lecture we are going to learn how to pass parameters to the Vapor route action. Parameters are useful when you want to fetch a particular record, specified by its unique identifier. 


Groups are similar to nesting but provide more flexibility. Using Groups you can easily create nested routes without declaring them again. 


In this lecture we are going to learn how to post data to the Vapor server. This is one of the most important lectures as it will allow you to learn how you can create content on Vapor server using your iOS application. 

Post Requests
Database Integration
3 Lectures 26:12

In this lecture we are going to learn how to configure SQLite database using Vapor. We are going to update our packages file and the configuration files to connect and download the SQLite Vapor provider which can interact with the SQLite database. 

Configuring SQLite Database

In this lecture we are going to learn how to insert data into the SQLite database using Vapor framework. We will use Base software to create the schema for the database but you are free to use any tool you like, even the terminal. 

Inserting Data into SQLite Database

This lecture explains how to fetch records from the SQLite database using Vapor SQLite provider. After the records are fetched we populate our custom objects with them and return the objects to the client. 

Fetching Records from the Database
2 Lectures 22:43

In this lecture we learn how to implement validation in our application. Validation helps to ensure that the data being sent from the client is good and according to the rules of the application. 

Getting Started with Validation

In this lecture we will implement a custom validator which will allow us to utilize multiple validators and also embed our custom logic for validation. 

Implementing Custom Validators
2 Lectures 15:42

In this lecture we are going to learn about controllers and how they can help us organize our code much better. Controllers is an essential part of the MVC architecture and orchestrates the flow of information between the model and the view. 

Basic Controllers

In this lecture we are going to learn about RESTFUL controllers. RESTFUL controllers provide an easy way to create services based on the REST architecture. 

RESTFUL Controllers
Creating a TODO List App with Vapor Backend
6 Lectures 47:30

In this lecture we are going to get started with create our complete TODO List iOS App from scratch. This lecture gives a tour of the user interface design of the TODO List application.

Preview 03:51

In this lecture we are going to setup the controller for our TODO List application. The controller will be responsible for interacting with the model and sending back the JSON back to the iOS application. This lecture will also cover setting up the SQLite database. 

Setting Up the Controllers

In this lecture we are going to learn how to retrieve information from the SQLite database and then display it in the UITableView control. 

Displaying Tasks in a TableView

This lectures demonstrate how the user can add a new task to the SQLite database through the use of an iOS application interface. 

Adding New Task

In this lecture we will learn how to delete tasks from the SQLite database through the use of our iOS application. Once, the task is deleted the UITableView refreshes and shows the updated list. 

Deleting Tasks

Code Samples for the iOS Application and the Vapor TODOList API. 

Download Sample Application
3 Lectures 14:31

In this lecture we will learn how to configure our Vapor application for deployment. This includes setting up a Github account, Heroku account and downloading and installing the Heroku Toolbelt. 

Setting Up for Deployment

In this lecture we will learn how to publish our Vapor application source to a Github repository. This step is necessary to publish our application to the Heroku server. 

Publishing Source to GitHub

In this lecture we are going to publish our Vapor TODO List API to the Heroku server, making it available publicly on the web. 

Deploying to Heroku
Building Website Using Vapor
5 Lectures 30:17

In this lecture we are going to introduce the "Views" in Vapor. Views allows to create web pages which can utilize the Vapor framework. 

Preview 05:35

Templates allows us to create reusable components which can be displayed in web pages. Templates also allows to pass the model information from the view controller to the view. 

Templates Using Leaf

In this lecture we will learn how to save a new task to the SQLite database using web pages. The web pages are created using the "Leaf" tempting engine. 

Adding New Tasks

  • In this lecture we will learn how to delete a task to the SQLite database using web pages. The web pages are created using the "Leaf" tempting engine. 

Deleting Tasks

Download the complete code sample for the web pages. 

Download Sample Code
3 Lectures 07:10

In this lecture we will reflect back at what we learned throughout the course and how we can apply our knowledge to build our next awesome iOS application. 

What did we learn?


  • Vapor Official Website ( 
  • Ray Wenderlich Vapor Videos 
  • Look Maa! Server Side Swift Using Vapor ( 
  • Vapor Slack Channel (

Bonus Lecture
About the Instructor
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Apple Featured iOS Developer and iOS Instructor

My name is Mohammad Azam and I have been programming in iOS for the last 6+ years. Currently, I am teaching iOS at The Iron Yard academy, which is the world's largest coding bootcamp. Before joining The Iron Yard I have worked as a lead mobile developer for many large companies including Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, AIG and Valic. Currently, I am a senior developer at Blinds Dot Com, a Home Depot company. Before iPhone development I was leading projects in Microsoft ASP technology. I was also awarded the Microsoft MVP award five years in a row due to my contributions in the community.

I have also published several of my personal apps to the App Store including Vegetable Tree which was featured by Apple as the most beautiful gardening app on the App Store. I am a frequent speaker at local and national conferences and have authored many articles for many different development magazines.

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