iphone training advice

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by cruzcj, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. cruzcj macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2009
    I’m writing to requestsome advice about experiences with iphone training courses. I’m considering taking the About Objects Obj C for Beginners (2 days) and iPhone Training (5 days).

    I’m not working in programming now but have some programming background/experience from high school, college and my job as a chemical/civil engineer (FORTRAN, Pascal, and other equipment specific languages). So I’m somewhat of a beginner for modern languages but the general concepts of programming are not foreign to me and I will/have learned quickly.

    I’m comparing the About Objects intense 1 week program to taking the ClassroomM (http://classroomm.com/training/training-events/objective-c-and-iphone-programming-webcasts.html) or xcelme (http://www.xcelme.com/), as well as a local community college course on iPhone programming. I also have the Stanford course downloaded and can use that as a reference.

    My main concern with the short intensive courses is I will get a lot of material thrown at me in one week but will it be the best way to learn? I can take a lot of other training for quite a bit less cost. The attraction is I can get all the training in one week and hopefully start programming right away. With the other options it would take more time to get through the materials but maybe I’d learn better???

    If any of you have similar background and have taken the short, intense course, how was your experience with this type of training? Were you able to digest all the material and walk out of the class ready and able to program the iPhone or did you need to spend some weeks/months after the class working on the materials to get adept?

    Any feedback you can provide would be greatly appreciated and you can reply to my email.
  2. Kingbombs macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2009
  3. JimBobBennett macrumors member

    May 4, 2009

    Yup. I've been sent on a few learn language courses and they always run at the pace of the slowest learner, so they can be painful. Also bad if the instructor has never seen the slides before (has happened!).
    I had to learn C++ for a job, so got sent on a course on my second week at the company. I learned more in my first week by reading and working through the books than I did at the course.
    Put aside a week, read the beginning obj-c and beginning iphone books, work through the examples, and while you're working through them think of a simple app to write. Finish the week by writing it. You'll learn more, have more fun and it'll be a darned sight cheaper.
    As long as you have the discipline to do it. No discipline then you'll learn nothing.
  4. ethanael macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2009
    The best thing that you can do is grab a few books, sit down, and code something.

    If you're really feeling froggy, watch the iTunesU iPhone Dev course, they're really insightful.
  5. g3funk macrumors member


    Oct 2, 2008
    Definitely pick up some books on Obj-C 2.0. Obviously the newer the books, the more up to date and fresh they will be. Spend a good amount of time with these books and learn as much as possible, then move to the iTunes U content which is a little over the head of most newer coders.

    My pic is definitely: http://www.amazon.com/Learn-Objecti...1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1255533884&sr=8-1

    I have it stuck in my DropBox folder (I scanned it myself) so it is always with me somewhere which is definitely key on getting up to speed quickly.

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