iOS and Swift Essentials

iOS and Swift Essentials

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Nov 02, 2023 2 weeks, 09:00 AM CDT - 05:00 PM CST

iOS and Swift Essentials

Location: Online

If you're new to Swift and iOS development and want to write applications that run on the iPhone or iPad, this course is just what you need.

  • $3,000.00 excl.
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This 6.5 day course is designed to enable experienced programmers to begin developing applications for iOS using the Swift programming language. Students first learn the Swift programming language. They then learn about the fundamental building blocks of iOS as well as common patterns and conventions to help propel their iOS development skills forward.

Bootcamp Price (In Person): $5200 - price includes hotel, meals, and a shuttle to and from the hotel.

Bootcamp Price (Online): $3000

Atlanta bootcamp price includes hotel, meals, and a shuttle to and from the hotel.

In the Atlanta area? Interested in commuting to class? Contact to discuss commuting options and discounts.


  • Experienced developers wanting to learn the fundamentals of iOS development.

  • Developers should have some experience with an object-oriented programming language such as Java before attending this class.

  • Understand how Xcode is organized and feel comfortable navigating the development environment.

  • Learn about the Swift programming language and best practices in order to write idiomatic code.

  • Create interfaces that scale across a variety of screen sizes and devices using Auto Layout and size classes.

  • Display lists of data using table views and collection views.

  • Interact with web services and JSON to fetch and display data.

  • Localize applications to support other locales.

  • Persist data using archiving and Core Data.

Pre-Course Assignment

This class is intensive! So that we can make the best use of our time together, please come to class with an understanding of the basic Swift syntax. You can get all you need by working through our Swift pre-course workbook, which will be sent to you after registering for class.

Xcode and iOS

Please download the latest version of Xcode, which is necessary for the class. You can get the latest version of Xcode from the Mac App Store. iOS 14 is available as an over-the-air update for your iOS device if you’ll be bringing one. Please plan to download Xcode and run OS updates prior to arriving for class. Xcode requires that your Mac be running macOS 10.15.4 or later.

Device Provisioning

In order to get the best possible experience from the class, we recommend that you bring an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with you. Testing the apps that we write in class will be much more fun if you can see them on your device.

*We will be using iOS 14 for all examples and exercises in this class, so devices should be running iOS 14.

If you don’t have access to a device, don’t despair! It’s more fun to test your apps during class on a device, but all of the exercises in class can be performed just fine using the iOS Simulator that’s included with Xcode.


  • Understand elements of the Swift standard library

  • Learn about Swift’s approach to safety and how to use it to write better apps

  • Implement Swift’s functional patterns and utilize extensions to extend “out-of-the-box” functionality


  • Navigate Apple’s IDE for developing iOS applications

  • Debug problems with applications using the tools that Xcode provides


  • Explore basic interface elements such as labels, buttons, and segmented controls

  • Use text fields along with the delegation design pattern to gather user input

  • Build interfaces more easily using stack views

  • Use containers such as tab bar and navigation controllers to manage more complicated application structures

  • Design flexible interfaces that scale across different devices and screen sizes using Auto Layout and size classes


  • Learn how to utilize the data source design pattern

  • Display lists of elements using table views

  • Display grids of elements using collection views


  • Remove hard-coded locale-specific information – such as date formatting and decimal separators – from applications

  • Localize applications into more than one language


  • Learn how the file system is organized on iOS

  • Use archiving to persist simple object graphs to the file system

  • Use Core Data to manage and persist complex object graphs


  • Interact with live APIs to fetch and display external information to the user

  • Parse JSON data into Swift model objects

Click this link for a print-friendly syllabus.

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I did the swift and iOS bootcamp in Georgia. It was incredible and totally worth it. I had only played around and pieced together iOS apps before I went to the bootcamp. After everything made so much more sense and I was able to create and publish new iOS apps with ease.

Anna Sherman, Developer, Carbon Five

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