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Certificate in iPhone Application Development

Course Format

The Certificate in iPhone Application Development class meets twice per week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings This is an instructor-led course and will also include WebEx recordings for playback and review.

Fall and Winter classes will meet - Tuesday and Thursday evening: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm (2.5 hours)  Five hours per week for 12+ weeks.  No classes the week over Christmas Holidays and other standard holidays (Thanksgiving, New Years, MKL, President's Day / week, 4th of July week).

Total iPhone classroom hours - 60 hours / 12+ weeks.  This iPhone training / class meets in our downtown NY campus location in a brand new state of the art Mac lab computer facility.

COST:  $2950

You Will Learn To

The learning objectives of the class are: to develop iPhone technology skills and soft skills of student learners to enable them to plan, design, build iPhone (iPad) apps and upload apps to Apple’s App Store. This is a very ‘leading edge’ course and will include learning about universal applications (iPhone / iPad / iTouch) and iAd.

Main Project(s): There will be a number of hands-on exercises and class projects throughout the course. One main iPhone and / or iPad project of student’s choice will be required by the end of the course.  Students will learn Apple's iOS, XCode, Interface Builder and SDK.

Who Should Enroll

Anyone interested in learning how to build Mobile Apps, iPhone / iPad applications.
No prior iPhone / iOS Application Development experience required.  Must have C, C++ or Object Oriented Programming (OOP) experience. Objective C programming experience and / or knowledge is a plus. 
If you don't have programming experience, we offer a course (Introduction to Object Oriented Programming for Mobile Device Computing - see course details for this class) to prepare for Mobile Device computing (iPhone Application Development).
You need enough time in your schedule to attend classes, do the homework exercises, review materials / readings and and work on projects.  Students should plan on approximately two to three hours outside of class for each hour spent in class.

Course Description

This hands-on course delivers 60 hours of classroom instruction supplemented with outside class assignments.  This ‘leading edge’ program will include learning about universal applications (iPhone / iPad / iTouch) and iAd.

Optional / Supplemental Hours:

Students registered in the iOS / iPhone Application Development program will also have access to our Mobile Device Computing Lab.  The Mobile Device Computing Lab will be open to all mobile students to work collaboratively in groups or individually on homework assignments and class projects.  The lab will also be staffed with an instructor to provide extra help with questions, homework assignments and / or projects.  The lab will be available one Saturday per month or three times during the course.  The lab is optional.

Main Project(s):
There will be a number of hands-on exercises and class projects throughout the course. One main iPhone and / or iPad project of student’s choice will be required by the end of the course.

Detailed Course Outline

Overview of iPhone Development
Anatomy of an Application
Installing the iPhone SDK
Building and Installing Applications
Provisioning an iPhone Device
Lab exercise
Basic Objective C
Classes, Objects and Methods
Data types and expressions
Program looping
Making decisions
Lab exercise
Interface Builder
Designing a UI
XIB (NIB) files
The inspector
Adding linkage to code
Lab exercise
Introduction to the UI kit
Windows and views
View controllers
Text views
Navigation bars
Action sheets and alerts
Table views
Lab exercise
Advanced UI Kit Design
Common controls
Keyboard properties
Date/Time pickers
Tab bars
Lab Exercise
Data Persistence
Application directory
File saving strategies
Persisting application data
Using SQLite3
Accessing Web Services (.NET and Java)
Lab exercise
Media: Audio toolbox and AVFoundation
AVAudio player
iPod Library Access
Lab exercise
(NEW topic for course)
Apple Push Notification Service (APNS)  
 Configuring an App ID for Push Notifications
Communicate with APNS using the SSL
Construct the payload for the message
Send the push notification containing the payload to the APNS
Lab Exercise
(NEW topic for course)
Map Kit        
Implementing Map View
Display Map in different styles (Standard, Satellite, Hybrid)
Create an annotation
Lab Exercise
(NEW topic for course)
In App Purchase   
Create a unique App ID
Add a new product for In App purchase
Consume In App product
Lab Exercise
Core location
CLLocationManager Class Reference
Configuring Location Updates
Configuring Heading Updates
Starting and Stopping Updates
Getting the Location Data
Instance Methods
Lab exercise
Accessing Accelerometer Events
Choosing an Appropriate Update Interval
Isolating the Gravity Component from Acceleration Data
Isolating Instantaneous Motion from Acceleration Data
Getting the Current Device Orientation
Lab exercise
(NEW topic for course) 
Configuring iAd
Implementing iAd
Lab Exercise
(NEW topic for course)
Building Universal Applications (iPhone / iTouch / iPad)   
Converting existing iPhone App to Universal Application
Implementing Interface Idioms
Lab Exercise
Final Project(s)
Final Class Projects Due
Text Books Used in Class:
Beginning iPhone and iPad Development with iOS6: Exploring the iPhone SDK
Jack Nutting (Author), David Mark (Author), Jeff LaMarche (Author)
iPhone Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (Big Nerd Ranch Guides)
Joe Conway (Author), Aaron Hillegass(Author)


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