Swift Essentials

Swift Essentials

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This intensive 2-day course teaches the Swift programming language. The course starts with basic syntax and grammar and includes coverage of Swift development best practices and patterns. Students will learn from the authors of Big Nerd Ranch guides while collaborating with developers from across the country.

Who Should Take This Course

  • Developers with iOS experience in Objective-C that are ready to upgrade their skills and codebase to Swift.

  • Anyone preparing to learn iOS or macOS development.

  • Those serious about their growth as a professional iOS developer.



Swift Basics

  • Start with Swift’s basic syntax for working with variables and control flow.

  • Safely work with the absence of values with the Optional type.

  • Work with failable operations by handling errors safely.

The Standard Library

  • Learn to use the basic types from the standard library for storing, organizing, and processing data.

  • Define functions and closures for doing your app’s work.

Modeling with Custom Types

  • Design custom structures, classes, and enumerations.

  • Understand object initialization, lifetime, and memory management.

  • Customize behavior of standard library types with protocols and extensions.

Go Deeper

  • Write flexible code using generics.

  • Discuss modern patterns including protocol-oriented programming.

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What our students have to say

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

I used other online free courses to learn basic Kotlin and some advanced topics. It was nice to have the classroom setting, with the Kotlin Essentials course, to gain better-detailed knowledge. I do feel more confident with the basics of Kotlin, and I am looking forward to taking the more advanced courses.

Steve Hamilton, Android Software Engineer, Disney

I was able to start my research lab, HealthHawks, because Big Nerd Ranch gave me the skills to build software on mobile applications. I equip medical professionals with software that they test to be able to determine if it helps clinical outcomes. It is awesome. Big Nerd Ranch taught me how to change the world for the better, one line of code at a time.

Elizabeth Baker, Associate Professor of Information Systems, UNC Wilmington

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