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A guide to becoming an iOS developer

moriahk profile image Mori Ahmadi Updated on ・2 min read

“How did you start iOS development?” I have been asked this question many times and I thought it would be beneficial to write list of things that helped me throughout my journey as an iOS developer.

I think being a constant learner is important in any industry but it’s absolutely crucial in tech, however sometimes it is a brake to productivity. My first step to becoming an iOS developer was having an idea and the will to implement it. I would recommend starting your project instantly, even though you have very little idea of developing for iOS, you can start by looking up things that you actually need in your project, learn them and implement them. That way as your project gets bigger you will be challenged to learn more about design patterns, architecture, etc. I also believe surrounding yourself in an iOS developer community, listening to different podcasts, following other iOS developers in social media and generally being involved could be beneficial.

Below there is a list which helped me a lot (and still helping) to learn iOS development:

Youtube channels:

  1. Lets build that app
  2. Sean Allen
  3. Paul Hudson
  4. Brian Advent

Websites:

  1. Swift by Sundell
  2. Hacking with Swift
  3. Use your loaf
  4. NSHipster

Podcasts:

  1. Swift by Sundell
  2. Swift Unwrapped
  3. Swift over coffee

I am certain that there are so many other amazing sources that I am not aware of, please do not hesitate to mention them in the comments section.

Also you can find me on Twitter @mori_ahk

Thanks for reading.

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Gualtiero Frigerio

I'd add raywenderlich.com/ for the websites, it is full of great content.
John Sundell is maybe my favourite Swift content producer and have a set of "basic" articles, but I think it is more useful once you have some experience, while Hacking with Swift is way better for beginners in my opinion as you can find lots of tutorials.

One of the podcasts about Swift I listen to is Inside iOS Dev podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/insi...
hosted by Alex Bush, the author of a great book about get prepared for an interview for an iOS developer.

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Mori Ahmadi Author

Yes! I don't know how I forgot about that incredible website. thanks for mentioning it. I'll check out the podcast 🙏🏼

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Mike Ekkel

These are some great resources :). I've recently started getting my feet wet with iOS (or rather Swift) development. I've been wanting to for a very long time and SwiftUI send me 'over the cliff' to just jump in and do it. I've started with a course that's mainly focussed on iOS 12 (so no SwiftUI yet) but I don't really like the speed of the course. It's a lot of sitting around and watching instead of doing, which is not my cup of tea.

I've got a few ideas of things to make. One idea in particular I really want to pursue and create a product out of. While my current job is front-end development (mainly React), I've been getting more pumped up about creating this thing.

Apart from the Apple docs, what are some great resources to help me actually get started? I realised last night that I really should just stop doing courses and start writing some code. I know programming concepts and it's just a matter of understanding the details of iOS and the Swift syntax and this article is definitely motivating me to just go ahead and do it. Thank you for that :)

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Anthony L

I've started on my Swift / SwiftUI journey too. I read your reply to this post and wondered how it was going - assuming you're still going? What resources are you using? Any learning tips - things you wished you had known about earlier, that kind of thing? cheers

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Mike Ekkel

It's been well over a year since my original reply, but I did finally get the ball rolling with my Swift / SwiftUI journey! I am using 2 main resources: Paul Hudson's Hacking With Swift (SwiftUI track), and Meng To's Design+Code SwiftUI tracks.

Paul goes into a lot of inner workings of Swift and SwiftUI, which means you really understand why some things are the way they are. Meng To is much more design focussed which is great if you want to find out more about the different modifiers.

My biggest learning tip is a bit of a cliché and is one I should have known myself: Just start building. That's how I got into web development, I just started building. So I'm creating an app with a buddy of mine in parallel to learning about new things Swift / SwiftUI.

I'm still on the fence about writing blog posts to go along with my learning. I think it would be great for me to learn and solidify, but I'm also afraid of burning out.

Hit me up on Twitter if you just want to pick my brain, get help with some code or just to have a conversation about this!