College iOS Development Courses

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by coolant113, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. coolant113, Jan 5, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2012

    coolant113 macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2007
    New Jersey
    I was wondering if anybody has ever taken a iphone iOS development class and what have you gotten out of it? I was looking into SAE institute in NYC for there iOS course for 2000.00. And i dont want to take it if its going to be a waste of money. I am 18 and have no programming experience however i really want to learn:apple::apple:
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    If you don't have any programming experience, I don't see how jumping into a college course on programming for a specific platform is a good use of your money.
  3. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    What makes you think physically attending that class will be better than Stanford's free iOS programming course available on iTunes U?
  4. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Different people learn better in different ways.
  5. North Bronson macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2007
    San José
    I am a little skeptical of for-profit schools that are charging four-figures for iPhone development courses. Spending that kind of money is not a great idea. There are plenty of free resources to learn iPhone development. There is a ton of documentation from Apple. There are great podcasts from Stanford.

    My advice would be to find a local community college that offers courses in C. This will be way cheaper than an iPhone developer course at a for-profit school. It will help introduce software development from an academic perspective. Some people find that to be a better way to learn.

    You are probably not going to find a community college that offers courses in iPhone development or Objective-C. Learn C at the college and then use that experience to help you figure out the iPhone stuff on your own.
  6. 1458279 Suspended


    May 1, 2010
    It might be worth checking the course, see if it teaches introduction to ObjC.

    The problem is that if you go in with no programming background, you could be lost from the start.

    Might be best to do a c/ObjC class 1st.
  7. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    This is beautiful advice.

    A course in C at a community college would get you introduced to the basics in a structured setting (if this is what you feel you need). You'll be able to talk to both the prof and your fellow students for advice. If you feel you don't necessarily need the structure and community of a class, then go pick up a book and start crackin'.

    Once you know the basics you'll be equipped to pick up a book/browse iTunes U and begin to fill out your knowledge. You could even do this in parallel.

    My bet is that your $2000 could be spent a lot wiser than on tuition for some intro class at a for-profit school. You'd probably get more out of a $30 ObjC book.

    There are numerous free and cheap resources at your disposal!
  8. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68030

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    Goto ( :) ) and sign up for the free monthly newsletter. When you do this you will get a link to an awesome tutorial aimed at anyone wanting to do iOS programming.

    That tutorial was so good IMHO that today I sprung the $39 for the 3 pack of beginner tutorials (the iOS Apprentice). I've spent a few hours on the second tutorial and it is of the same high quality as the first one.

    I have no connection to Ray's site other than that of a happy customer. :)
  9. forcesteeler macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2007
    Yeah Its 2012 We have the internet I do not know why people want to spend Thousands on Courses when there are so much free material out there.

    They Got the Stanford Course on ITunes U *Free of Charge.

    They also got the 2010 and 2011 WWDC Videos that offer Real World Software Programming Techniques by Apple Engineers. *Free of Charge.

    The $5,000-$10,000 you spend on College Courses you can use that money toward other things.

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