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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

Success Story – Oksana King

Although Oskana did have some coding experience, she subscribed to the Complete Web Developer Course and went through the video tutorials to not only to refresh her skills but find a new job with these skills.

OskanaIt was exactly a year ago when I got interested in web development. I had done a degree in teaching IT which included some programming but forgotten nearly everything after 8 years out of practice, and was teaching English in a language school in Oxford. Before leaving for France for 5 months, my partner, who is a developer, suggested signing up for a Complete Web Developer course on www.udemy.com and I thought ‘Hey why not, and it is discounted as well’. So began the long winter of 2014, with my boyfriend seasoneering in the Alps and me learning to code everyday after work. I guess because he was away I managed to get through a lot of the course and learnt more than in 5 years of being at university! By the end of the course I was determined to change jobs – with my thirst for knowledge I knew that web development would suit me as I would need to keep abreast of changes in this constantly evolving area.

I must say that getting a job with no experience whatsoever was not easy at all, and I was very sceptical of Rob’s claims that you can earn money while learning to code. I registered on various websites, sent a lot of applications for junior positions and internships (which paid half of what I was earning) to no avail, or just to get a reply that I didn’t have experience (unfortunately, a lot of Junior Dev positions require some sort of commercial experience). On the positive side, I did receive a lot of calls from recruitment agencies who were looking for experienced coders, and realising how many jobs there are made me persevere with applying and further developing my skills.

I finally managed to get an interview for a Junior Developer position in a small marketing agency and as they work in C# I thought I wouldn’t get the job -my knowledge of C# was non-existent.In the interview I was asked why I wanted to change jobs so drastically, if I had any experience, what kind of things I´ve been working on in my free time. Of course, I mentioned projects like Weather Predictor and Secret diary and explained how they work. I think the interviewers probably realised that I´d only gone back to programming recently, but I like to think that they saw how passionate and determined I was about web development.

Imagine my surprise when I got the job offer! I was ecstatic and a bit scared at the same time – teaching English and coding are so different and I only knew the basics of web development. I accepted the offer and I haven’t had any regrets despite longer hours and travel distances, lower salary, a few days less holiday and pushing myself way out of my comfort zone (which a lot of people are afraid to do, I guess). I now maintain existing websites and am currently building a store locator using GoogleAPI.

I really enjoy my job because it is very varied – I use HTML, CSS, Javascript, JQuery, SQL, C# and ASP.NET, and yes, I am being paid for learning to code! I am very grateful to my employer for putting their trust in me even though they knew I did not have any experience, and to Rob Percival for creating a course that gave me a solid foundation to build up from.

Well done Oksana! Not only did you complete the course but you have built on those skills by getting a job that lets you learn other web developments skills and more importantly, you enjoy it!

 

Android App Roundup

We’re seeing some really good apps published by students who have taken The Complete Android Developer Course and it’s a pleasure to share some of them here.

Hasten

hastenHasten is a vocabulary word game and the developer has released it under Apple iOS devices as well as Android. The concept is simple, you are given a number of letters and a time limit to combine them to make a word which you have to do on a roll. And you look to beat highest score.

A great way to exercise your brain daily whether you are on a commute or just have a few minutes spare.

Hasten is available from the Play store here.

 

Split Bill Calculator

splitbill

Created by Marcos Martini the same developer who created Hasten, Split Bill Calculator isn’t just a calculator! It allows the user to split a sum and share it via sms, email or even social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Very useful if you’re out dining and your friend forgot their wallet and you want want to send a reminder  or needing to share a split bill like a holiday booking.

Have a look at Split Bill Calculator here. Nice promotional video too!

 

Heathrow Airport Information

heathrow

A very useful app which shows flight arrivals and departures information, details of departure gates, baggage claim and has indoor airport maps. This app hasn’t been out for very long but not surprisingly has had a huge number of downloads.

This app is a must if you are travelling to London Heathrow Airport (LHA) to catch a flight or pick someone up.

Get the Heathrow Airport Information app from the Play Store here.

 

SideKick

sidekick

SideKick is an app which gives you a summary of how many of your Facebook friends liked and commented on your pictures. For some people this would be very useful – especially for those who do Facebook marketing as this app will consolidate likes and comments in one place.

Get Sidekick from the Play Store here.

 

 

If you have published an app you would like to share. Contact Rob by Twitter, Facebook or email.

Parse Is Shutting Down, And This Is Good News!

As you may have heard, Parse announced today that it is shutting down. Several of you have contacted me to ask what to do about this, and the good news is Parse are shutting down in a very graceful way, which will actually make things better for developers using them.

Firstly, they are not shutting down until January 2017, so you will still be able to use all the course exercises in their current form until then. Remember that the idea behind using Parse was not to teach you Parse specifically, but to see how online relational databases work, and you should be able to apply that knowledge to a range of other systems.

Secondly (and this is the really good news), Parse are open-sourcing their code and providing a tool to transfer your Parse databases to a self-hosted alternative. This means that you’ll be able to run the same code that you learn in my courses, but using your own servers. This is a little more complicated to set up, but much more reliable in the long run (as you’re not relying on a separate service that could shut down!).

As soon as I have the information, I will be creating a guide to doing this, showing you how to store Parse’s API on your own server, and using that to store the data for your apps. I will send an announcement when this is ready.

In the meantime, you can continue following along with the courses as they are, safe in the knowledge that if you want to continue using Parse after January 2017, you can do so with all the data stored on your own servers.

Happy coding!

Rob

Featured app of the month – Grubbie

GrubbieGrubbie is a restaurant/food review app with a simple twist of being able to attach audio to the photo and being able to share review data with other users. It makes use of the following tech:
– MapKit/Geo location
– Parse backend
– Audio recording/playback
– FourSquare API
– Facebook API
Grubbie was created by Julius Estrada and is available from the App store using the following link. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grubbie/id1062136882

Julius has decided to share his course experience and how he came up with the idea for his app.

Ever since I began my career in the software industry more than 15 years ago, I’ve been a developer on the Microsoft platform, having started out with Visual Fox Pro, followed by Visual Basic and finally .NET. I’ve had a modestly successful practice as a .NET developer, consultant and trainer but I realized that to keep up with the times in this fast-paced industry, I have to make the jump to mobile apps development. Besides, I’ve always enjoyed learning new technologies and mobile development is definitely one of the most exciting areas of technology today.

Being a self-taught programmer, I began by gorging on free tutorials on the Internet. There’s anabundance of free learning material out there but I soon realized that I have to start with something formal and structured, and not just learn a hodge-podge of techniques from different sources. A number of sites offer paid online training but I settled with Udemy because their business model of selling courses with lifetime access appealed to me.

I took Rob’s course The Complete iOS 8 Developer Course because it is one of the highest-rated courses on iOS development in Udemy. I have to admit that I generally take ratings with a grain of salt but the discounted rate at that time was simply too good to pass up, and minimized the risks.

As I was going through the course, I was impressed by Rob’s teaching methodology. He prods students to do the exercises on their own before he actually shows how it’s done. Every now and then, he would encourage students to come up with potential app ideas and pursue them. But what I like the most is how he shows how programming problems are usually solved in the real-world: by looking up on the Internet. In the truest sense, he is a teacher who teaches how to fish rather than just give fish.

It took me around 3 weeks to finish the course since I can only spend 2-3 hours a day because I still held on to my full-time job. I supplemented what I learned with online tutorials but things were easier to comprehend this time around because I already have a solid foundation. Armed with my new-found skills, I was ready to get my feet wet on professional iOS development which led to my first app published on the App Store: Grubbie.

Grubbie was conceived out of my traveling experiences to Southeast Asia. Whenever I went to a country that didn’t widely speak and write English, it was frequently a challenge to order what to eat especially if there are no photos on the menu. Sometimes, even photos can be inaccurate and prone to misinterpretation. And chances are I’ll forget the name of those dishes or the restaurant should I return after several months.

That’s when an idea popped up: Wouldn’t it be handy if there’s an app where you can keep a journal of the restaurants that you’ve been to, and the dishes that you ordered along with their pronunciations captured in an audio recording? When you return the next time around, the app will show where the restaurants are located, and you’ll know exactly which dishes to order. In case the photos fail to bridge the communication gap, the audio recording should surely resolve any ambiguities.

I started building Grubbie around that initial idea but then a legitimate use case came up: What if you had a friend who is about to visit the same place and asked for your recommendations? You could just direct your friend to your favorite social media account where you uploaded the photos (albeit sans the audio), but wouldn’t it be much convenient for both of you if you can just share the information via Grubbie itself? And so I had to expand the app to cover the Share feature. It took me around 6 weeks to write the code for the app, and a couple more weeks for non-code related tasks such as setting up the support site, writing content and preparing compliance stuff. Submitting the app and waiting for approval from Apple was an unsettling experience, especially after reading articles why apps get rejected by the Apple review team. It’s like waiting for a baby to be born, hoping that mother and child would pull through.

It would be an understatement to say that I was exhilarated to receive the confirmation email from Apple that Grubbie had been approved for publishing to the App Store. My efforts paid off and although Grubbie won’t make me money because it’s free, the thought of having developed something useful and have it pushed to the App Store is sufficient reward for me.

Regardless of how Grubbie will be received by the market, I will continue to improve it, simply because I find it truly useful. The Share feature is just the start of giving Grubbie its social dimension; for one thing, I’d like users to be able to ask for recommendations proactively, rather than just accept shares passively. Offline caching is also something I’m really keen on. Currently, Grubbie won’t work without network connectivity to the Cloud database. And should there be a clamor for an Android version, then why not? – Julius Estrada

Great job Julius! Although Julius took the iOS8 Developer Course there is now an updated iOS9 Developer course available.

Batch Export For Camtasia 2 On Mac

I use Camtasia 2 on Mac for all my screencasting, and while I generally find it a great piece of software, the lack of batch exporting can be extremely frustrating.

So I’ve made an AppleScript which does the job. You can download it here, or if you’re familiar with the OSX Script Editor, just copy and paste the code below into it. You’ll need to give it the appropriate permissions – instructions for that are in this video:

AppleScript Code:

set projDir to choose folder with prompt “Choose a folder with .cmproj files in it” without invisibles

set myDirectory to POSIX path of projDir

tell application “Finder”

set fl to files of alias (projDir as text)

end tell

repeat with f in fl

set n to name of f

if n ends with “.cmproj” then

set offs to offset of “.cmproj” in n

set exportName to (text 1 through offs of n) & “mp4”

tell application “Camtasia 2”

open f

repeat

delay 1

if number of documents > 0 then

if name of first document = n then

exit repeat

end if

end if

end repeat

end tell

tell application “System Events” to tell process “Camtasia 2”

#click menu item “Export…” of menu “Share” of menu bar item “Share” of menu bar 1

repeat

key code 14 using {command down}

delay 0.5

try

tell window n to click button “Export” of sheet 1

exit repeat

end try

# 1 – none; 2 – axraise; 3 – window menu

tell window n to perform action “AXRaise”

#click menu item n of menu “Window” of menu bar item “Window” of menu bar 1

delay 0.1

end repeat

repeat

try

static text “Export finished” of sheet 1 of window n

tell window n to click button “Close” of sheet 1

exit repeat

end try

delay 2

end repeat

end tell

(*

tell project of first document

export file myDirectory & “/” & exportName

repeat

set shouldExit to not isExporting

if shouldExit then exit repeat

delay 2

end repeat

end tell

*)

tell application “Camtasia 2”

close every document without saving

end tell

end if

end repeat