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Workplaces Increasingly Seeking Freelancers With Xcode and UIKit Expertise

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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
    Volusion
    Risk management
    Product photography
    Rapid prototyping
    Google App Engine API
    SCORM
    GitLab
    Go development
    Apple UIKit
    Enterprise architecture
    Tensorflow
    Atlassian Confluence
    Apple Xcode
    eLearning
    Customer retention
    Articulate storyline
    Node.js
    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
 
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Mobile programming is still boring. An open AND portable platform like HTML5/JavaScript/CSS is mandatory for making mobile programming less frustrating.
 
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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? ;) )
 
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Mobile programming is still boring. An open AND portable platform like HTML5/JavaScript/CSS is mandatory for making mobile programming less frustrating.

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.
 
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Web technologies aren't suitable for real apps. They're not suitable for basic apps.
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.
 
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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.

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 still boring. An open AND portable platform like HTML5/JavaScript/CSS is mandatory for making mobile programming less frustrating.

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.
 
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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.

I'd take Atom out of that list, while the community work is very appreciated, in this case performance is less than efficient.
 
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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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In the 90's the skill to have was to be able to make websites. Now it's pretty intense Xcode to make apps.
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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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.
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.
 
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I'd take Atom out of that list, while the community work is very appreciated, in this case performance is less than efficient.
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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