In this course, we’ll discuss how you can best learn iOS app development. We’re going to look at how you can learn to code iOS apps, instead of focusing on how to build an app. Just as with learning anything new, learning iOS development is challenging. It’s also fun, exciting, and rewarding! Can you take an approach that takes the frustration out of learning how to build iOS apps, while getting you faster to the finish line? Yes!
Here’s what we’ll get into:
- What iOS development topics you need to learn and skills to master
- The general focus areas of learning iOS development, such as Xcode
- Common pitfalls for beginner iOS developers
- Why it’s worth it to get through “the dip”
- How to keep momentum by coding 1 hour every day
- A step-by-step plan for starting your own app project
When you’ve finished reading this tutorial, you will have a step-by-step plan for learning how to code. You know exactly what to do, what steps to take, and how to take them. Oh, and you don’t need any coding experience to get started.
Ready? Let’s go.
Get Started with iOS Development
Practice 1 Hour Per Day
Recommended iOS App Development Topics
Get Through “The Dip”
How To Start Your Own App Project
Get Started with iOS Development
Let’s first talk about what skills you need to build your own apps.
Master Xcode: Xcode is the Mac app you use to create apps. It has a code editor, project organizer, compiler, debugger, and many more important tools to build great apps.
Swift Programming: Swift is the powerful programming language that you use to code iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS apps. It’s easier to learn than Objective-C, and Swift packs a ton of features that help you code productively. It’s also a lot of fun!
Build UIs: Every app needs a User Interface (UI). UIs are made up of buttons, views, navigation, labels, images, controls, etcetera. It’s important that you know how to build UIs and design them. You can use UIKit or SwiftUI.
Coding Logic: Your Swift code governs what happens in your app, and when. If this then that. This is called logic, and it’s crucial to any app. Most of the learning iOS app development is focused on understanding code and logic, and being able to code from scratch.
App Architecture: Writing clear, extensible, and maintainable code is as important as writing code that works. App architecture is like the foundation you build a house on. It’s a challenging topic, and it takes time to learn what solution works best in different scenarios.
Can anyone learn how to code? Absolutely! You only need some time, and a bit of perseverance to get started. It helps to pick an iOS app project you want to build because that’ll motivate you to learn more.
Xcode, the Mac app you use to create iOS apps, only runs on macOS. And to use macOS, you need a Mac computer. Xcode doesn’t run on iPad, unfortunately. If you want to learn iOS development, you will need a Mac! There are other options too, as I’ve explained in this tutorial.
In the years that I’ve run LearnAppMaking.com, I’ve seen many people learn to code iOS apps. A pattern that stood out among successful learners is that they learned habitually, and kept their momentum between learning sessions. So, when you learn consistently and get back to it regularly, you’ll learn app development more successfully.
A great insight I’ve learned from mindfulness is that you can always start over. The goal isn’t to build a habit, the goal is to start again when you’ve lost the path somehow. When you start again every day, you build that skill every day, and it becomes easier to make progress 1 day at a time. Focus on today, here and now, and commit to doing the same thing tomorrow. But don’t worry, tomorrow will come on its own.