The Autumn 2013 edition of Stanford University professor Paul Hegarty's popular Developing iOS Apps course is now live on iTunes U, fully updated for iOS 7. Professor Hegarty teaches the class every year and it remains an excellent introduction to iOS for coders looking to build their skills.
So far, videos and notes from four lectures have been posted, and more will be added throughout Stanford's Autumn Quarter.
Updated for iOS 7. Tools and APIs required to build applications for the iPhone and iPad platform using the iOS SDK. User interface designs for mobile devices and unique user interactions using multi-touch technologies. Object-oriented design using model-view-controller paradigm, memory management, Objective-C programming language. Other topics include: object-oriented database API, animation, multi-threading and performance considerations.
Prerequisites: C language and programming experience at the level of 106B (Programming Abstractions) or X. Recommended: UNIX, object-oriented programming, graphical toolkits
Stanford notes that CS106B Programming Abstractions (also available on iTunes U) should be taken by students before taking this class. Stanford and a number of other educational institutions have a wide variety of engineering and computer science classes available free on iTunes U.
Developing iOS 7 Apps for iPhone and iPad is available through both the iTunes U app and iTunes on the Mac or PC.
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1b. It matters to people NOT in academia because its a major factor in how the material in this course is presented. It's a very technical class driven by actual application of iOS API features, while glossing over any sort of theory or reasoning behind the API design. This is part of what makes it such a useful iTunesU class (and, I presume, slightly less useful for CS majors).
It also benefits from his decades of experience working for/with Apple, Next, and related companies, instead of churning out research papers.
2. My "cool story, bro" anecdote: I was chain-watching episodes of these lectures about a year ago, trying to get enough iOS knowledge to interface with some devs at work. I took a lunch break, and hopped over to El Grullense on El Camino for some enchiladas. As I was eating, Mr. Hegarty rode by on a bike. I started to wave and say "Hey!" like you would greeting someone you already know, when I realized he would have no idea who I was and sheepishly returned to eating.
I presume this is how people in LA sometimes interact with celebrities.