iTunes U

iTunes U is one of those products Apple offers which is easily overlooked. While much of the material may not be up to the standards of Udemy of Lynda, the barrier to entry is much lower.

I have been working my way through the Plymouth University's iOS Development in Swift  course on iTunes U over the last few weeks. The ease of access to the materials has meant that I can squeeze a course section or two into my lunch break. While this is down to how the course is presented by the instructor,  iTunes U has provided the platform.

Bite sized learning like this may not be the most effective or efficient way of learning. For me though, it has shown that I am willing to put in the time and effort. My advice, if you are interested in learning a new skill, check out iTunes U first and see how you get on before splashing out on a paid course.

Learning Swift

I am teaching myself Swift.

I'm not entirely sure why this year, of all years, I have decided to bite the bullet.  To be clear, I do not have prior programming knowledge. Previous to this my only exposure to writing code was my attempts at learning; HTML, CSS and MATLAB briefly back in University.

Earlier this year, I decided that talking about it wasn't good enough any more. I did some research and found a few courses freely available online to get me started (a list of the resources I will be using are below). To be clear, I don't even own a Mac... yet. I am trying to prove to myself that I am dedicated to giving it a good go prior to making the financial investment required to build apps for iOS. 

I'm sure I will have plenty to say on the matter the further I get into the process. For now I am just focused on getting through some of the basics and seeing how my interest stands up to the task. 

There are many more resources available, too many to list here in fact. With this in mind I have found Learn Swift to be a great resource.

For a change of pace, I have found certain podcasts, such as Under the Radar an interesting resource.