Opportunities for iOS app developers are on the rise, so you budding coders should start learning your way around the operating system. With Apple accounting for 33 percent of the mobile market, there's never been a better time to add a new string to your digital bow.
The good news is you can pick up the skills you need to start developing iOS apps in just eight weeks at The App Academy's “Coding on the Beach” bootcamp. It's an advanced project-based course so you will need some digital experience and knowledge of a programming language like Java, Python, or PHP.
But don't count yourself out if you don't have any coding experience. There's still time to take a beginner's course and get up to speed by the time the bootcamp kicks off in February. So if you want to code by day and spend your spare time chilling with a beer on a Caribbean beach, this could be just what you're looking for this winter.
The intensive eight-week bootcamp takes place on Curacao, an idyllic Dutch Caribbean island. Known for its creamy-sanded beaches and colourful waterfront buildings built in the style of Amsterdam's canal houses, you can skip the year's coldest season on a small paradise anchored in the Caribbean sea.
It's also the chance for you to upscale your skills and get an edge on other developers and coders. You'll go to daily lectures and workshops where you'll learn more about mobile technology -- the fastest growing area in the software industry.
The curriculum has been designed by expert software developers and designers based on their years of professional experience in mobile app development, UX design, and product strategy.
You'll learn to write Swift code -- the programming language used for macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS -- as well as other areas of app development, including rapid prototyping and augmented reality. From week five, you'll work on your final project and attend workshops designed to help you master Server-side Swift, ARKit, Core ML, Core Animation, and SiriKit.
You'll spend 50 hours per week on-site, so by the time you graduate you'll be an autonomous iOS developer with over 400 hours of practical experience. All this hands-on training means you can instantly take that often elusive next step in your career as well as upgrading your hourly rate -- the course practically pays for itself.
There are two bootcamp packages to choose from depending on how much of the experience you want to organise yourself. And if you book with a friend you'll save an additional 20 percent.
All you have to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them you're a reader of The Local.
For €7,950 you can attend the course and arrange your own flights and accommodation, or for just €2,000 extra (and 100 percent less stress), you can choose the Exclusive Bootcamp package. This includes everything that comes as part of the standard package, as well as a room in the hotel resort, a breakfast buffet, and an invite to the weekly Friday cocktail and barbecue party.
The weekends are yours to spend how you like, and there's no shortage of things to do! Relax on the beach, go scuba diving, visit the two nearby islands of Aruba and Bonaire, or just lay under a palm tree sipping a cold drink.
When you think of the comparative living costs (and incomparable lifestyle) of winter in chilly Europe, it's a no-brainer to spend that time learning to code in the Caribbean instead. So what are you waiting for?
Fulfil your 2018 resolution and take the first step to becoming the next superstar iOS app developer! Email the App Academy team today at email@example.com and mention The Local "bring a friend" discount.