iOS Basic app for viewing own website?

iTom17

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Hello everyone,

As I recently bought my first Mac I kinda want to finally learn creating an iOS app myself. And I had this idea to create a very simple app, just for viewing my own website. The problem is of course, I've got no programming experience (except for HTML and CSS, but that's totally different). I am currently taking a look over here: https://developer.apple.com/library...ttingStarted/DevelopiOSAppsSwift/Lesson2.html. But I've also been looking for that ability to make a simple website viewer app, but can't seem to find anything useful.

Can somebody try and teach me a bit about how to do this? Shouldn't be an issue, as my first 'requirement' is to only have this webviewer. So without buttons and other functionality. Bascially like using the website as a webapp that's put on the Home Screen (did that with my website once), but than of course like... You know, a native app. And maybe with at least a back and forward button. :p
 

AxoNeuron

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Apr 22, 2012
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Hello everyone,

As I recently bought my first Mac I kinda want to finally learn creating an iOS app myself. And I had this idea to create a very simple app, just for viewing my own website. The problem is of course, I've got no programming experience (except for HTML and CSS, but that's totally different). I am currently taking a look over here: https://developer.apple.com/library...ttingStarted/DevelopiOSAppsSwift/Lesson2.html. But I've also been looking for that ability to make a simple website viewer app, but can't seem to find anything useful.

Can somebody try and teach me a bit about how to do this? Shouldn't be an issue, as my first 'requirement' is to only have this webviewer. So without buttons and other functionality. Bascially like using the website as a webapp that's put on the Home Screen (did that with my website once), but than of course like... You know, a native app. And maybe with at least a back and forward button. :p
First of all, if you want to learn ios development, you have to really want it because it takes a lot of hard work and time, especially if you've never worked with native software development. There's no way to half-ass it sadly.

The specific technology you are looking for is an official Apple class called WKWebView. It's just a view that you can embed in your app to view a webpage. But if you try to do it by yourself you're going to quickly fail, you need to learn the basics first before you even think about touching WKWebView. It's not at all complicated but there are some basic concepts you have to learn first.

I would recommend getting bitfountain's ios 9 development course, or a course from Lynda.com. Once you have learned the basics using WKWebView will be pretty easy. It might be expensive (I don't know what they're charging these days on bitfountain, I would google some deals first, I got one of their courses for $100 off of another website). But I do pay for a Lynda subscription and it is definitely worth it, I have learned such an incredible number of skills off of it. But if possible, get the bitfountain course over Lynda if you can find one cheaply. I got into ios development a few years just for fun, but I've loved it so much that I've turned it into a full time job.
 
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iTom17

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First of all, if you want to learn ios development, you have to really want it because it takes a lot of hard work and time, especially if you've never worked with native software development. There's no way to half-ass it sadly.

The specific technology you are looking for is an official Apple class called WKWebView. It's just a view that you can embed in your app to view a webpage. But if you try to do it by yourself you're going to quickly fail, you need to learn the basics first before you even think about touching WKWebView. It's not at all complicated but there are some basic concepts you have to learn first.

I would recommend getting bitfountain's ios 9 development course, or a course from Lynda.com. Once you have learned the basics using WKWebView will be pretty easy. It might be expensive (I don't know what they're charging these days on bitfountain, I would google some deals first, I got one of their courses for $100 off of another website). But I do pay for a Lynda subscription and it is definitely worth it, I have learned such an incredible number of skills off of it. But if possible, get the bitfountain course over Lynda if you can find one cheaply. I got into ios development a few years just for fun, but I've loved it so much that I've turned it into a full time job.
Thanks for the comprehensive feedback, really appreciate it. I will definitely have a look at that Bitfountain, or something else. Because I do want to seriously learn it. :p
 

spac3duck

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Mar 31, 2017
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Hello everyone,

As I recently bought my first Mac I kinda want to finally learn creating an iOS app myself. And I had this idea to create a very simple app, just for viewing my own website. The problem is of course, I've got no programming experience (except for HTML and CSS, but that's totally different). I am currently taking a look over here: https://developer.apple.com/library...ttingStarted/DevelopiOSAppsSwift/Lesson2.html. But I've also been looking for that ability to make a simple website viewer app, but can't seem to find anything useful.

Can somebody try and teach me a bit about how to do this? Shouldn't be an issue, as my first 'requirement' is to only have this webviewer. So without buttons and other functionality. Bascially like using the website as a webapp that's put on the Home Screen (did that with my website once), but than of course like... You know, a native app. And maybe with at least a back and forward button. :p


Are you just wanting to access a website? Why would you need it as an "app"?
 

grandM

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Oct 14, 2013
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Hello everyone,

As I recently bought my first Mac I kinda want to finally learn creating an iOS app myself. And I had this idea to create a very simple app, just for viewing my own website. The problem is of course, I've got no programming experience (except for HTML and CSS, but that's totally different). I am currently taking a look over here: https://developer.apple.com/library...ttingStarted/DevelopiOSAppsSwift/Lesson2.html. But I've also been looking for that ability to make a simple website viewer app, but can't seem to find anything useful.

Can somebody try and teach me a bit about how to do this? Shouldn't be an issue, as my first 'requirement' is to only have this webviewer. So without buttons and other functionality. Bascially like using the website as a webapp that's put on the Home Screen (did that with my website once), but than of course like... You know, a native app. And maybe with at least a back and forward button. :p
WebKit it is :)
 
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