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How to Choose a Stack, Part 3: iOS

If you’re exploring a career as a coder, your first question is probably “Which language is best?” followed by, “How do I learn it well enough for someone to hire me?”

The answer to the first question is often subjective, because the “best” language to learn first (you’ll likely learn many throughout your career) depends on your goals and preferences. A backend language might seem like the best language to learn because of its high salary or popularity, but it probably isn’t the right choice if you want to primarily work on app interfaces.

In this blog series, we’re sharing the benefits, salaries, career potential, and resources for learning each language in our advanced Code 401 series. Today, let’s talk about Swift and Objective-C, the two languages of iOS developers.

Swift & Objective-C: Building Mobile Apps

Plus, mobile developers have a front seat to work with emerging technologies, building apps not only for smartphones and tablets, but also smart watches, smart TVs, the Internet of Things, and virtual and augmented reality.

Businesses are Powered by Mobile Apps

Apps help business processes too, and companies are using mobile software to improve internal functions, from accelerating employee training time to improving team communication.

With the shift towards more mobile devices (last year, 68 percent of U.S. adultshad a smartphone, almost doubling since 2011), the demand for mobile app developers will only go up.

Jobs for iOS Developers

  • iOS Developer
  • iOS Software Engineer
  • Mobile Developer
  • iOS Application Developer
  • iOS Mobile Development Engineer
  • Mac OS / iOS Developer
  • iOS Engineer
  • Mobile Application Developer

Salaries of iOS Developers

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How to Learn Objective-C and Swift




You will spend four weeks focusing on Swift, and another four weeks learning Objective-C. During two full weeks of development sprints, you will get to create portfolio-building mobile apps, work in a professional development environment with a team, and master the intricacies of successfully submitting a new app to the Apple App Store. Throughout the class, you will work with primary and supporting tools and technology, such as Xcode and JSON.

So why learn iOS development? If you’re intrigued by new technology, interface design, and the potential for wearable tech and new devices, then you should seriously consider a career as an iOS developer.

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