Foundations of Objective-C App Development

About this course: An introduction to the Objective-C programming language. This will prepare you for more extensive iOS app development and build a foundation for advanced iOS development topics. Objective-C programming requires a Mac laptop or desktop computer. An iOS device is optional if the learner is willing to working exclusively with the simulator. Some learners have been able to work with an OS X virtual machine on Windows, but explaining how to do that is beyond the scope of this course. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Read and write Objective-C 2. Have a strong grasp of Objective-C objects 3. Organize their code professionally using objects and blocks 4. Prototype several entry-level apps

Created by:  University of California, Irvine

  • Don Patterson
    Taught by:  Don Patterson, Associate Professor
    Informatics and Computer Science

  • Sam Kaufman
    Taught by:  Sam Kaufman, Partner at Gradient
Basic Info
Commitment4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week
How To PassPass all graded assignments to complete the course.
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Get Ready. Get Set. Go!
Welcome to Week 1! This week we will be discussing a variety of topics including the tools that we will be using, a basic orientation to the programming environment and the very basic programming syntax that Objective-C inherits from the C language. 
10 videos4 readings
  1. Video: Welcome! (Video)
  2. Reading: Course Syllabus
  3. Reading: Getting Help
  4. Reading: Pre-Course Survey
  5. Video: Tools (Video)
  6. Video: Your First App (Video)
  7. Video: Xcode Tour (Video)
  8. Video: What programming does (Video)
  9. Video: Peer Review 01 (Video)
  10. Reading: Peer Review Assignment # 1 – Make Your First iOS App
  11. Video: Variables and Types (Video)
  12. Video: Conditionals (Video)
  13. Video: Command-line project (Video)
  14. Video: Loops (Video)
Graded: Assignment #1 - Make Your First iOS App
Graded: Week 1 Quiz
Functions, Scopes and Encapsulation - oh my!
Welcome to Week 2! This week we will be learning about how functions are defined in C and then how methods are defined in Objective-C. We will look at the more complex rules surrounding scoping and encapsulation of variables and functions. We'll end the week learning about Objective-C objects and memory.
6 videos1 reading
  1. Video: Functions 1 (Video)
  2. Video: Functions 2 (Video)
  3. Video: Scope (Video)
  4. Video: Frames and Recursion (Video)
  5. Video: Structs (Video)
  6. Video: Peer Review 02 (Video)
  7. Reading: Peer Review Assignment # 2 – Unit Conversion App
Graded: Peer Review Assignment #2 - Unit Conversion App
Object Lesson
Welcome to Week 3! At the end of this week you will be able to use Objective-C objections by defining them, instantiating them and passing messages to them. We will also introduce you to some of the objects that are build into the language. 
6 videos1 reading
  1. Video: Objects (Video)
  2. Video: Pointers (Video)
  3. Video: Heap Memory (Video)
  4. Video: Message Passing (Video)
  5. Video: Properties (Video)
  6. Video: Peer Review 03 (Video)
  7. Reading: Peer Review Assignment # 3 – Currency Conversion App
Graded: Peer Review Assignment #3 - Currency Conversion App
System Libraries to the Rescue
Welcome to Week 4! This week we will be learning about built-in features that help to manage data structures and memory 
11 videos1 reading
  1. Video: Format Strings (Video)
  2. Video: NSString (Video)
  3. Video: Using NSString (Video)
  4. Video: NSArray (Video)
  5. Video: NSSet (Video)
  6. Video: NS Dictionary (Video)
  7. Video: Mutables (Video)
  8. Video: ARC (Video)
  9. Video: Callbacks and Blocks (Video)
  10. Video: Inheritance (Video)
  11. Video: Peer Review 04 (Video)
  12. Reading: Peer Review Assignment # 4 – Distance Calculation App
Graded: Peer Review Assignment #4 - Distance Calculation App
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