Stanford Offers iPhone App Development Course Free on iTunes U

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Stanford University is offering the iOS 5 edition of its well-regarded iPhone and iPad application development course free on iTunes U.
    The offering includes the same course lectures and slides that Stanford students experience, but without the Stanford credit or access to instructors. Still, for burgeoning developers, iTunes U is an excellent opportunity to get world-class instruction for free.

    The university notes that the two Stanford prerequisite courses, Programming Methodology [Link] and Programming Abstractions [Link], are also available on iTunes U.

    iPhone Application Development is available free on iTunes [Link].

    Article Link: Stanford Offers iPhone App Development Course Free on iTunes U
  2. godknows, Nov 16, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 18, 2011

    macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2010
    This lecture was there years ago. And they update it every year. Awesome stuff (although I only followed for 4 lectures before working on my own project).
  3. macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2007
    Awesome resource. The one's in the past have been a bit fast paced for my experience level which is a beginner. But it is indeed excellent and I keep coming back to it as I learn more.

    Thanks to Apple and the Universities for such an wonderful learning experience!!!!

  4. macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2008
    Very true (the last was Fall 2010) but the Fall 2010 was outdated rather quickly because of XCode releases. It's nice to finally have an updated lecture and hopefully this utilizes the latest and greatest!

    The Stanford lecture is by far the best out of all iOS lectures available on iTunes U.

  5. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 18, 2007
    There's not as many videos as Fall 2010 for some reason
  6. macrumors member


    Aug 6, 2008
    The class isn't over; there are still lectures that have been yet to be delivered and filmed. Others are in the post-production pipeline.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2008
    An absolute must for beginning iPhone developers.
  8. macrumors 68030

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    But according to what I read, not for beginning developers. You must know C++ already or have a good foundation on it.


    Apparently, either the course is still in progress with new videos posting every time there's a class, or they are just going to post as they finish editing.
  9. macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    It's an upper level undergraduate computer science course. This means that, at a bare minimum, the students will already have had an intro to object-oriented programming (probably Java or C++) and something on data structures.
  10. 4np, Nov 16, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2011

    macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    The Netherlands
    I'm following it as well... I was following last year's course, but I find this years' iOS 5 course more suitable as it's become more easy for non-C developers to understand. For example, due to ARC (automatic reference counting) the whole retain/release mess is overboard and memory management is more or less out of the way. Which means you can focus more on the 'how' and the functionality than on boilerplate code. Also this course seems to focus on the dot notation from the start, while in previous year(s) it was more focussed on how it was supposed to go, how that changed over the years, and how you're supposed to do it now. This year's course is focussed on how it is supposed to do now (e.g. from the start the dot notation, synthesizing properties, etc), and how one was supposed to do it before is pretty much out of scope of the course. I find this year's course a more hands-on experience and practical while the previous ones were more theoretical.

    The whole idea of designing the view, hooking it up to code through outlets and actions is really quite elegant. The syntax is the bit to get used to, but due to the dot notation that becomes more easy to follow.

    If you have a history in OO-programming and are familiar with the MVC design pattern, you will find this course is quite easy to follow.

    In my opinion the best iOS course out there... Must see if you want to head into iOS development... Especially as it covers the iOS 5 SDK and Xcode 4 very well (a lot of new API's were introduced, and Xcode 4 has changed quite dramatically compare to the previous iterations). And what better a teacher than one who actually helped set up Objective-C at NeXT at the very beginning? :)

    The course started at the end of september and is still underway...

    It might indeed be a bit hard to grasp if you do not understand basic OO programming, as it it constantly referring to Class, Object, Instance, Inheritance, Introspection, etcetera. If you do not have the basic OO-knowledge this is gonna be a tough cookie... But, any OO will do... C++ definitely not a requirement...
  11. macrumors 68020


    Jun 11, 2007
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    Def going to check this out!
  12. Guest

    Jul 29, 2007
    What's a good one on learning just the C programing language?
  13. macrumors 68000


    Aug 18, 2008
    At the bend in the river
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    Wow, that is fsarking awesome. Just watched one of the first classes. Wish I had the time to sit around all day and learn this stuff, but im a bit of an old dog now to be starting developing (32). Maybe in a year or so I can have an app out. I think iTunes U is one of the totally underrated things Apple has done.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    See the programming forum section for this issue....
  15. macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2010
    America's Tourist City
    Positively GREAT course!!! (fall2010)

    Really excited to retake it all over again!!!!

    I wish it was a bit easier to find similar courses!!
  16. ArchiMark, Nov 16, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2011

    macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Another Alternative

    Another alternative to developing cross-platform apps for iOS, Mac OS, Android, etc is using RunRev's easy to use LiveCode....

    They have great support, support forums, as well as a live online learning program (like webex seminars...) with downloadable supporting materials....

    Check it out at

    FYI, I have no connection to RunRev other than being a satisfied customer....
  17. Guest

    Jul 29, 2007
    This issue? What did I just stumble upon?
  18. macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    The question you raised regarding learning C.....that has been discussed over in the programming section of these forums...

  19. macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Of course if you have a great app idea you could just contract a developer to do the coding for you.

    Nevertheless, a great resource and I'll definately be watching it.
  20. macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2004
    Pacific Northwest
    My friend and former colleague, Julie Zelenski, has been teaching at Stanford for nearly 2 decades and as a Software Engineer at NeXT and Apple--in short, an expert in ObjC/Cocoa.
  21. macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2010
    I've watched many iTunesU videos on iOS and Dr. Hegarty's are by far the best. I didn't know he worked at NeXT. That certainly explains how well-versed he is!

    Slightly off-topic, but I'd recommend C#. It's not "pure C", but it's as close as one can get to a perfect object-oriented programming language. ;) Then again, I might be biased. :p

    Another benefit of learning C# is that you can use MonoTouch to develop apps for any of the 3 major mobile platforms. It's not cheap software but it would be a good option if you're looking to reach the widest possible audience with your apps.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2009
    Yes, indeed. It is such a pleasure to even just watch the course videos. At the start of the fourth lecture, the teacher pays tribute to SJ. When he graduated from Stanford almost two decades ago, he went to work for SJ at Next.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2010
    Agreed. It is one of the greatest, yet totally unsung aspects of iTunes. I have no idea why Apple don't base an ad on it. The sheer range of amazing courses are breath-taking. :eek:
  24. macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2011
    Dundee, UK
    So happy i can Attend this ...... yet so far away and anytime i feel like.

    U gotta love iTunesU
  25. macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2012
    Updated for iOS 5. Tools and APIs required to build applications for the iPhone and iPad platform using the iOS SDK. User interface designs for mobile devices and unique user interactions using multi-touch technologies. Object-oriented design using model-view-controller paradigm, memory management, Objective-C programming language. Other topics include: object-oriented database API, animation, multi-threading and performance considerations. Prerequisites: C language and programming experience at the level of 106B (Programming Abstractions) or X. Recommended: UNIX, object-oriented programming, graphical toolkits Offered by Stanford’s School of Engineering, the course will last ten weeks and include both the lecture videos and PDF documents. A new lecture will be posted each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Subscribe to this course, and automatically receive new lectures as they become available. Released with a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license.

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