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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 using Xcode7 and Swift 2 with a bit of guidance from The Complete iOS9 Developer Course. It’s really great to see lots of apps submitted this month. The only down side is that I can only cover a small number of them. All apps here are available on the Apple App Store.

T Zee Bird

tzeebird

Could this be the new Flappy bird? It’s a top down game where you have a birds eye view (no pun intended)  and you only have two directions where you move your bird either left or right to avoid formations of birds which comes from the other direction.

A very simple game which is enjoyable and addictive but best of all it’s FREE and available from the App Store.

 

 

Leaflets

leaflets

Leaflets is a very interesting social networking app with an interesting concept! You can post articles based on categories or interests like food or gaming. The interface is really clean and well designed. It’s going to be interesting to see how this app evolves as the user base increases.

Definitely worth taking a look.

 

 

Letter Grab

lettergrab

There’s quite a lot of word games available but what sets Letter Grab is a little different. The author describes it as “playing hangman… on an air hockey table… where letters avoid you, and often get in the way”.

So the app not only exercises the brain but tests your patience as well. You can have a look at Letter Grab from the App Store.

 

 

iCountHabits

iCountHabits

Do you want to keep track of the number of times you drink a glass of water a day? Or the number of pages you intend to read in a book? Maybe you intend to exercise daily and intend to perform a number of pushups or situps? If so this app is for you!

The app allows you to setup your habits and set a number for that habit where you can record the number of times you have engaged in that activity. Quite a useful app to track your goals or habits. Check it out here!

 

FMC

fmc

FMC or Find My Car is an app which allows the user to store certain locations which you can recall later. The intention is if you have to park your car in a place you’re not familiar with, you can use the app to save the location and navigate back there later on.

So quite useful if you in unfamiliar territory. FMC is available from the App Store.

 

 

 

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

Setting Up Parse Server On Heroku For iOS & Android

This is a guide to setting up Parse Server on Heroku, and connecting to it with an iOS app (the Android version is coming soon). It assumes no knowledge of any Heroku, Github or Parse Server, and no coding skills are required. Enjoy!

You’ll need the following links:

My version of the Parse Server Example (official version is here)

My version of the Parse Server Starter Xcode Project, also available here (official SDK is here)

My version of the Parse Starter Android Studio Project, also available here (official SDK is here)

iOS Setup instructions:

 

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