Another Apple cycle is upon us.
This is as good a time as any to get into app development and not feel left out from the exploding market. Apps have moved on from mobiles and computers into televisions, smart cars, game consoles, and virtual reality devices.
But being an app developer is hard work. You are up against the 2 million apps on the Apple Store. So, to rekindle your motivation, digest this small statistic from Tim Cook.
July was a record-breaker for the @AppStore! Highest-ever monthly billings and money paid to developers.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) August 3, 2016
Apple is also offering better revenue shares this year. Struggling (and surviving) in the app development battlefield is a little easier today. Right about now, you are going to hit the wall of doubts and ask: which programming language should you learn for creating mobile apps? There is no right or wrong answer. But learning Swift is among the top two options. Swift is easier for beginners than Objective C, so getting started isn’t such an uphill struggle.
So, without any more hubbub, let’s head to Udemy and pick up five excellent resources to learn all about iOS 10 programming and app development.
Discover — How to program with Swift 3 and experiment on Xcode Playgrounds.
Skill Level — Beginners.
Know C? Then, you have a head-start with learning Swift as it is built on Objective C.
But you can learn it from scratch also. Swift is a user-friendly language for rookie programmers. If you are planning to build your programming career around Apple, then Swift is the way to go. It is open source and you have free resources that can help you master the language. This Udemy class won’t pinch your pocket much as it takes you through the big updates in the latest iteration of the language.
Swift 3 is a major update. The Open Source shift has increased its scope — for example, now there’s a version for Linux computers too. Just the way you will work with Apple APIs now changes the possibilities for your app development career. Nick Walter is a self-taught programmer himself. He helps open the door by pacing the course well.
Discover — How to make 10 different iOS apps.
Skill Level — Beginner.
What could be more exciting than learning how to make Pokemon Go & Snapchat.
This is the second Udemy course from Nick Walter on iOS development and again he speaks the language that any beginner can easily understand. Most learners have left favorable remarks on his teaching style.
Think of this course as a follow-up to the one above. Start with making simpler apps like a to-do app that teaches you about managing objects with Core Data. Then, get your hands dirty with designing a Snapchat and Pokemon Go clone.
Discover — Use Xcode 8 & Swift 3 to make real apps like Uber, Instagram & Flappy Bird.
Skill Level — Beginner to Advanced.
Doesn’t it seem incredible that before Pokémon Go, there was Flappy Bird. And it has been just two years since it scorched the popularity charts.
If you want to be an independent app developer like Dong Nguyen, then you have to start somewhere. The Complete iOS 10 developer course is designed to give you rigorous practice across 223 lectures while building real-world apps. It is advertised as the most popular course on iOS programming on Udemy and the content reflects it.
You can start as a rank beginner without any prior knowledge and end up with developing any kind of app you want. The price might seem steep but then the free bonus materials (free web hosting, graphic assets, free ebook and so on) should help to tilt the scales a bit even before you start the first lesson.
Discover — How to master iOS app development with Xcode 8 and Swift 3.
Skill Level — Beginner to Advanced.
Mark Price is an experienced developer who has worked on more than 55 apps across iOS and Android platforms. So, he is definitely the one to help you make the choice between iOS and Android app development if you are still undecided.
The 250 lectures and support materials are a good alternative to the other complete Udemy course we looked at above. The student success stories sprinkled through the lessons are just the motivational push you might need to get unstuck.
Like the above course, you get to practice on designing real-world apps. Experienced iOS developers can use this course to get up to speed on Swift3 and iOS 10.
Discover — How to run a successful mobile app business.
Skill Level — All levels.
Turning app development into a profitable business requires a different set of skills. If you want to get anywhere with the four courses above, you have to take a shot and turn it into a money making enterprise. Making money in less than 1 week is a bit far-fetched. So, treat the course as a primer to understand the nuts and bolts of app development and marketing.
There are other reasons to take the course. You may want to start as an entrepreneur rather than a developer. You might have a business that needs an app of its own. Or, you just might want to explore the opportunities in the huge ecosystem of app development. Spend 22 hours on this Udemy class.
The Playground of iOS App Development
You can take the first small step to learn iOS programming with Apple Playgrounds. Alternatively, you can pursue your own learning track with personal iOS projects. Enrolling in a Udemy class (or any other online class) gives you a curriculum to stick to. Make this your launch pad.
App development has matured with enterprise segments and smart homes evolving the future. It may be a tough time… but you don’t want to be anywhere else.
Jump in. Remember, every paid course on Udemy comes with:
- Lifetime access.
- 30-day money-back guarantee.
- Certificate of completion.
Which iOS 10 programming classes are you interested in? Tell us about any other excellent app development class that is available online.