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I'm taking Rob's course with absolutely no prior experience. A good week later it feels like I know HTML and CSS like the back of my hand." — Jonathan M.
Who knew that learning how to start coding was this simple. The course is clear, concise, and loaded with extras!! Thanks a ton! — Raheim Smith
Even when the course gets a bit complicated, there's always the Discussion forum where Rob as well as other students are actively helping each other. This course is not to be missed. — Ingrid S.
Rob is an excellent teacher and uses simple terms of speech all throughout the course. — Ankit Rawat
I have been very impressed with the course material and the crystal clear explanation of concepts. Any beginner who opts for this course will feel enriched at the time of course completion. — Shiva Rajagopal
I'm a Copywriter in a Digital Agency, I was searching for courses that'll help me broaden my skill set. Before signing up for Rob's course I tried many web development courses, but no course comes close to this course. — Shivram
Easy to pick up & quick to get running with, the course has given me a great start into programming. — Peter Greaves

iOS App Roundup

Here’s another roundup of apps created by students of the iOS Developer Course. Although there have been many apps released by students in the last few months, we can’t list them all, here are a few. Some interesting apps that are worth taking a look at. Well done to everybody who has released an app recently!

Blood Pressure Simple

Blood Pressure Simple lets you log your blood pressure and allows you to compare your blood pressure statistics over time. The app also aims to provide advice based on the readings the user feeds it, informing the users about their lifestyle decisions that could affect their blood pressure. Such as whether eating a heavy meal has a high, medium or low impact on their blood pressure.

So if you have concerns over your blood pressure and would like a record of your blood pressure over a period of time presented in a graph then this app could be what you’re after. It is a paid app, you can get it from the App Store here.

 

Emojis Hunter

Similar to the the popular Pokemon game, the Emojis Hunter game seems to be based on a similar concept, placing Emojis all over the map. And the objective is to catch as many Emojis as you can that are situated over the map.

This app may not catch on as well as the Pokemon game but the the app itself is quite an achievement!

You can check out this app on the App Store.

 

Flappy Voice

There aren’t many people who don’t know about the infamous Flappy Bird game from a few years ago. It was an extremely popular game and Rob has featured it as a clone on both the iOS and Android Developer Courses. There have been a few variations released but this one is certainly one of the most interesting!

In this game you control the bird with the pitch of your voice!  So this is a interesting way to play this variation of the infamous game.

If you would like to check out Flappy Voice you can get it from the App Store here.

 

Quottro Pong

For those who aren’t aware, Pong is one of the earliest arcade video games which resembled table tennis with players deflecting a ball from one side to another. Quottro Pong is based on traditional Pong but with a twist! In traditional Pong there are two paddles on each side on the screen you move vertically and the ball will bounce of the bottom and top of the screen. In Quaottro Pong the ball can bounce out the top and bottom of the screen so there are horizontal paddles you have to move from left to right to stop the ball going out. So in total there are four paddles.

You can heck out Quottro Pong with this link.

 

Digital Jukebox

Digital Jukebox accesses music stored in your iOS Music Library and allows you to auto DJ (play songs from a default playlist if no songs are queued) and customise crossfades between songs.

At the moment this app is only available for the iPad and it is a paid app but the author tells us that they are working on a free version with in app purchases.

You can check out Digital Jukebox on the App Store.

 

Unicorn Dash

A colourful game, Uniform Dash puts you in control of a Unicorn you have to make jump over obstacles to try and get a top score.

It is a paid app but if you’re a fan of unicorns then it might be a game you enjoy. You can get Unicorn Dash here.

DNS – Using a domain with Eco Web Hosting

DNS tells your computer where to look for a website when you enter the name into your web browser, where the emails are sent and received and where services associated to your domain name are held. DNS is served by whomever provides the nameservers. There are always at least two set of nameservers, one being the primary and the other being the backup. Eco Web Hosting has four sets of nameservers which can be used and these are:

ns1.eco-dns.co.uk
ns2.eco-dns.co.uk
ns3.eco-dns.co.uk
ns4.eco-dns.co.uk

If you have a domain name with another provider such as GoDaddy, 1 and 1 Internet, 123-REG or anyone else and want to use Eco Web Hosting to host your website, you just create a web hosting package for the domain name and simply ask the registrar (the people who you pay to renew the domain) to change the nameservers to Eco Web Hosting’s. And that’s it really! All the other records will be populated by Eco Web Hosting automatically and after a few hours the website will be up online. You can confirm what the nameservers are set to by doing a whois lookup. A whois provides information on the domain name and there are various whois tools available on the internet. One such tool is https://www.whois.com/whois/ which will then retrieve information about the domain such as who the nameservers are set to.

A Records / Not able to change nameservers?

There are times when you don’t want to change the nameservers or cannot change the nameservers of your domain and you will be asked to create an A Record or CNAME to a set of IP addresses. As Eco Web Hosting websites can be hosted on a  number of web servers, there isn’t a standard IP address to give to customers. You have you find out the IP address of the server your site is hosted on. To do this access the web hosting control panel via https://www.ecowebhosting.co.uk/cp/listdomains and select the domain name. If you look on the right under Account Information, the IP address of the server the hosted account is on is shown. That will be the DNS A Records that s required.

Propagation

When making any type of DNS changes whether it be nameserver changes or an A Record change, these need to propagate across the internet. This is when every computer around the world knows about the changes to your domain name. It’s a little like a ripple affect so takes a few hours after making a nameserver or DNS change so if you see a message “This domain is reserved for future use” don’t be alarmed. It’s quite normal and after a few hours your website will be displayed as expected. If after 24 hours you don’t see your domain pointing at your web space then it would be advisable to contact the Eco Web Hosting support team so they can check everything is in order.

Using someone else for email

If the nameservers are set to Eco Web Hosting’s then Eco Web Hosting will automatically provide the email service. There may be occasions when you want Eco Web Hosting to provide the web hosting but someone else to provide the email service, Google for example or Microsoft. The MX Records (MX stands for Mail Exchange) determines where the emails are routed and this can be changed in the web hosting control panel by scrolling down to the Domains section and selecting the Manage DNS option.

Selecting this option will then allow you to add your own MX Records. If you need any assistance the Eco Web Hosting team will be more than happy to assist!

Further reading

DNS is a massive subject. For further reading on this subject additional resources can be found at:

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/dns.htm

 

Success Story – stadiumscene.com

D.J. Fluck sent in this testimonial about the amazing website he has created. The site he has built is a great example of what can be achieved building on top of the fundamentals of The Complete Web Developer Course. The web site doesn’t just provide a service for thousands of sports fans but has started to generate some income too! Well done for a great job D.J.!

My name is D.J. Fluck and my partner Kate Thompson and I would like to thank you for your excellent Web Development course on Udemy.com.  In late 2015 when we started building www.stadiumscene.com, we had a very basic understanding of only HTML and CSS, but thanks to your course, we built a full PHP site, using Bootstrap, JavaScript, Ajax, a MYSQL database for our login system, and secured our site with an SSL certificate.

The concept of stadiumscene.com is to help connect sports fans in the US and Canada (we’ll be expanding to Europe in the next year or so) with their travel plans to make going to the big game more than just the game, but a full experience.  We provide the user with travel tips to get to the stadium (airfare, public transit, ride sharing), find directions and parking, and most importantly, our hand-picked bar and restaurant choices in the stadium area.  We have a page for each bar and restaurant in our database where users can provide their own reviews and read about the place.

We’ve reviewed 166 stadiums/auto racing tracks and 732 bars and restaurants throughout the United States and Canada and over the last two months where we’ve been advertising on social media, we’ve exceeded 35,000 page views per month.  With our ad campaigns and affiliate marketing programs with Amazon, Fanatics.com, ParkWhiz.com, and Booking.com, we’ve finally started to make a little bit of money with our project and we owe our success to you and your program.

I’m in the process of taking your iOS 10 course right now and our next step is to move into the mobile application world, but I don’t anticipate that happening until sometime in 2018.  I filled out your survey the other day and noted that I’d love to see a short tutorial on sqlite in the iOS 11 course.  I can’t wait to check that out.

Also, feel free to check us out on social media too on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  We’ve started hosting a podcast with our other partner and just completed our 8th episode tonight.

Thanks again,

D.J.

Feedback for the iOS Developer Course

 

This week Apple announced iOS 11, with a bunch of great features for developers, including Augmented Reality Kit, Machine Learning Kit, Music Kit, Files, a new Photos API and Airplay 2.

I thought this would be a good time to get your thoughts on The Complete iOS Developer Course, so that I can make changes and improvements that will make your learning experience even better.

Please take 2 minutes to give your feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/bmTHQrqv6AOm2BJ83

Thanks, and happy coding!

Rob

Android N Apps Roundup

It’s been a while since we’ve done a Apps Roundup of published apps. There have been loads! Well done to everybody who has published an app. Here are just a few innovative ones recently published by students who have taken The Complete Android N Developer Course.

List it: To Do List and Task

It is true that there are quite a few To Do List apps available but this one deserves a mention and not just because it was created by a student! The app is clean, very easy to use and at the time of the writing ad free. Although the app is quite intuitive There is  a step by step setup process along with the quick tutorial which is a breath of fresh air. It’s presented in a very professional way.

As well as adding items to a list you can also set timers and notifications to remind you about when you are suppose to do a job. If you install this app on multiple devices you can also synch your entries across devices.

You can take a look at List it: To Do List and Task from the Google Play Store.

 

Ultimate Maths Challenges

It’s important to keep the brain active. Sometimes it’s all too easy for us adults to get complacent and before long we struggle more than we use to when performing simple arithmetic. Ultimate Maths Challenges is an app suitable for both children and adults.

There are three difficulty levels Easy, Intermediate and Hard that allows you to challenged on additions, subtraction, multiplication, division or you can choose to mix it up! There’s a timer on each challenge which you can change with the difficulty settings to challenge yourself with each attempt.

The Ultimate Maths Challenges app can be downloaded from the app store here. So if you think your brain needs some stimulation – give it a go!

 

Touch Ball

This is a simple game but I can see that it can be quite an addictive one too and a time killer. The concept is simple, you have to touch the ball on screen each time it bounces of the wall. There’s a timer for the ball which will reset each time you touch it and the ball will get faster and faster with each level and additional balls will appear on screen and each of those balls will have an associated timer.

The app has got quite a few positive reviews already, there are a couple of negative reviews too criticising the simplicity of the game. It is a simple concept but fun nether the less!

You can checkout Touch Ball from the Google Play Store.

White Noise

If you struggle to get to sleep at night when there’s complete silence then this app could be for you! It’s not for everybody but the idea is sound! (no pun intended). White noise allows the user to set a sound allowing them to fall asleep.

There are three types of sounds you can select along with a volume control for the sounds, which can be set idepedantly and a timer. So if you do suffer from tinnitus maybe this app can help?

You can checkout the White Noise app here.

 

Bedmas Brain Trainer

Another maths brain trainer! Bedmas some of you may know is a order used to work out operations in algebra basics. Bedmas stands for Brackets, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction.

The app aims to teach users about the aspects of Bedmas and combines equations.

You can get the Bedmas Brainer from the Google Play Store.

 

 

Mars Explorer

This app will probably be of interest to anybody interested in planets in our solar system or planets in general. The app shows photographs taken from NASA’s Curiosity rover. You just select a date from the app and it searches for photographs taken by the rover from its different cameras. You can even share the images on Facebook from the app.

You can explore this app further from the Play Store.