Workplaces Increasingly Seeking Freelancers With Xcode and UIKit Expertise

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Upwork, the largest global freelancing website, today shared a list of the top 20 fastest growing skills in the U.S. freelance job market, providing a closer look at trends in the industry.

    Apple's design framework for iOS and tvOS apps, UIKit, and its development tool, Xcode, both made the list in the second quarter of 2018:
    1. Blockchain
      Google Cloud Platform
      Risk management
      Product photography
      Rapid prototyping
      Google App Engine API
      Go development
      Apple UIKit
      Enterprise architecture
      Atlassian Confluence
      Apple Xcode
      Customer retention
      Articulate storyline
      Scala development
    Upwork says more companies are seeking freelance developers with Xcode knowledge to build their apps, causing an "increase in demand" for experience with the tool. UIKit also saw "high growth" last quarter, making its first appearance on the list.

    Upwork shared a list of relevant online courses for each skill listed, including UIKit and Xcode, for those interested in getting started.

    Article Link: Workplaces Increasingly Seeking Freelancers With Xcode and UIKit Expertise
  2. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    Mobile programming is still boring. An open AND portable platform like HTML5/JavaScript/CSS is mandatory for making mobile programming less frustrating.
  3. HumpYourWayUp macrumors regular


    Jun 14, 2007
  4. DeepIn2U macrumors 603


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Well I like both sides of this conversation yet I’ll take the side of ‘hump’ just cause well, his name sounds like the kind of FUN I want to have (in life and on my way up to the pearly gates! Isn’t that what heaven should be like? ;) )
  5. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Web technologies aren't suitable for real apps. They're not suitable for basic apps. Every place I've worked at has banned the use of shitware tools like Xamarin, Phonegap, Cordova, Titanium and the like because while the idea behind them is good, the execution is terrible and provides awful user experience.
  6. netwalker macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2007
    Apps lilke Atom, Slack, Skype, Flow etc. are not real apps?
    Although generally I don't like the idea of writing those kind of apps in something like javascript. JS is and remains a horrible language.

    Not quiet sure what to make out of that list. Top 20 fastest growing skills in the U.S. freelance job market doesn't mean much. If MyCrazyLanguage had 1 request last year and 3 requests this year, it is fast growing but otherwise is not a significant skill to learn.
  7. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    Which is why most of us developers don't use raw javascript anymore. We use something like typescript, which compiles down to javascript.
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    Mobile programming is definitely NOT boring. I love it, and love coming to work everyday to develop for mobile platforms. Bootstrap and Angular/typescript help on the HTML5/JS/CSS side. Xcode is challenging in the beginning, but it's fun once you get used to it.
  8. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    In the 90's the skill to have was to be able to make websites. Now it's pretty intense Xcode to make apps.
  9. nvmls macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2011
    I'd take Atom out of that list, while the community work is very appreciated, in this case performance is less than efficient.
  10. fairuz, Jul 31, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2018

    fairuz macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    React Native makes UIKit and Xcode a non-issue for many applications. Discord only has one iOS dev, and he mostly just takes the JS/HTML from the website and puts it into the app. Javascript has plenty of problems but is easier to deal with in the end.

    The whole UIViewController/UIView setup with both storyboards and programmatic layout is an utter mess. I tried RN for the first time recently, and it's so much easier to lay stuff out. Man, I've wasted so much time on UIKit. That and Redux and other data model tools are way simpler than sucky CoreData.
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    And programming in Xcode feels like it's still the 90s, except at least in the 90s you had Vi. I find it actually easier to manipulate strings in C than in Swift, and I've used both equally.
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    Slack is a total PoS. The app is unresponsive too often and takes too much memory for something that's just messaging. Discord is a much better example.

    Also, yeah. Blockchain is on the top of that list. Nobody is really a blockchain dev, unless you count Ethereum "dapps" in that, and even then it's rare.
  11. flat five macrumors 603

    flat five

    Feb 6, 2007
    heh, i use Atom.
    albeit just for some Python scripting for a different application (Rhino).

    it’s nice for that.

    (but hey, one of my skills is #6 on the list and if i were to seek out new work in specifically that field, i’d be bringing Atom along with me ;) )

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