Beginner At Coding.

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by mwheeler609, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. macrumors member


    Apr 14, 2011
    Hey I am just starting to watch tutorials and start learning objective-c and working in the programming world. In school as full-time student doing graphic design. Has anyone taken an online or even hands on class on this type of programming for beginners? Tutorials are great but some just don't give the right details to really keep the valuable info in your head. How did most of you start programming?
  2. Vizin, Apr 17, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2013

    macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2007
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I recently started taking an online Objective -C course. Check out
  4. thread starter macrumors member


    Apr 14, 2011
    Thanks I appreciate it knowing that some programmers have learned by online tutorials and books, I am ordering a few books from amazon, because of course as you said, My school does not offer any classes for this. My dad is going to learn with me as well, he is a programmer with about 30 yrs experience just not in C, or objective C, so hopefully he can give me some good insight as it will probably still catch to him quicker
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2007
    Start with one, no need to get a stack of books right away that will just deter your motivation. Get one good one and follow that one to the letter and then get another that covers what ever you want to look at in more detail.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2009
    I started learning with Visual Basic, which was a huge mistake. The best way to learn is to pick a popular and well established language such as Java, C++, or Apple's case, Objective-C. Once you choose a language, either pick up some books or take some classes (whichever is easier for you to follow).

    Eventually you'll ween off of books and rely on the language's documentation for more information. Additionally, if you learn on C or C++ first, a whole lot of that knowledge can be used in Objective-C.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    How are you liking these courses? Thinking about signing up for them as well.
  8. macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2011
    There's a good course on iTunes U from Stanford. Check it out.

    The teachers are programmers from Apple so you can't go wrong there and it's free.
  9. macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2011
    also check out the stanford youtube videos for iphone development. They are wicked!
  10. macrumors member

    May 3, 2011

    The FREE series available from iTunesU is VERY well done. It does assume a fair amount of knowledge of object oriented (OO) programming though... so if OO is new to you then you may want to start elsewhere.

    I was impressed with the class and, more importantly, thankful to Stanford for making it available for free on itunes. It's really well done, IMO.
  11. macrumors 68000


    May 17, 2010
    That's brilliant. I'm with Vizin about teaching yourself from books and online tutorials, but also having a dad with 30 years programming experience to learn with and ask questions when you get stuck — that's invaluable.

    A course name would be helpful… I can see 'Developing Apps for iOS' by Paul Hegarty, and 'iPhone Application Development' by Alan Cannistraro and Josh Shaffer. Is it either of those?

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