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Coding iPhone Apps for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Swift Paperback – May 15, 2017
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A note from the Authors
Have you ever heard someone say, “I wish there was an app for that?” Maybe they were talking about a holiday card organizer or an app that can turn someone into a kitten. Well, you can be the person who makes that app! In this book, you’ll learn how to program in Swift, the language used for mobile applications that run on all Apple devices, and by the time you’ve finished reading, you’ll have developed apps you can run on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Learning a programming language will give you skills in problem solving, communication, and creativity. For these reasons, and many more, programming is a highly useful skill to have. Even if you don’t intend to become a professional programmer, if you regularly use a computer or a mobile device, then learning to program can improve your life.
Programming is fun for so many reasons—you get to solve puzzles, impress people with your code creations, and feel pretty powerful once you know how to control a machine. So, above all, don’t forget to have fun!
About the Author
Gloria Winquist became hooked on iOS development in 2011 and has been programming professionally ever since. She works as an iOS developer at LumiraDx.
Matt McCarthy has released more than 20 apps as part of a two-person team, Tomato Interactive LLC. He works as a software engineer at LumiraDx.
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It has color graphics which help to enhance the learning experience. After reading this book, one will be well positioned to proceed with more advanced iOS programming books, like the Big Nerd Ranch's iOS programming 6th edition. I give it my highest recommendation.
This book helps you download a program onto your computer and then talks you through with pictures on how to complete each step with growing levels of difficulty. It is very easy to use and you lose track of time if you are following on your computer and flipping through the book.
Like most Programming 'X' for Kids books. Don't be discouraged by the 'KIDS' in the title. These books can be great ways for adults who are new to programming to get their feet wet. What's great about books directed at younger audiences is that they're not typically written by self-important neck-beards trying to verbally assault you with their exhaustive knowledge. This book like other 'programming for Kids' books I've read is an extremely approachable, unintimidating, introduction into a very versatile object based programming language.
Coding Iphone Apps for Kids is a great introduction to the Swift language and Xcode IDE. Apple has great tools out there for learning Swift and this book is a great physical supplement to that content. Gloria writes in a no-nonsense, easy to follow structure that teaches you concepts in a very matter-of-fact fashion. The text is light and easy to read and there is a nice sprinkling of humor in there too.
Overall, if you're an adult who is just getting into programming or you have a child who wants to learn (or both!) this is right where you need to start. No Starch press offers a great library of extremely well written and accessible programming texts, This is the 5th book I've owned from them and I've never been disappointed.
He is now is convinced that with practice and work and some good ideas he might be able to develop a game app for the iPhone and become a Nine-year-old with a thriving online business...............And as I look at what he learned he may be right!
Fortunately the lessons were very well explained and had one interact and create things that were brand new for most kids
I believe they come out with a good understanding of what coding is at the very least
For the kids to grasp this immediately because this is the niche I think some of them may just develop some Iphone apps !
Now for myself who is not at all coding or computer savvy…… I can’t even type LOL… I could understand it and do it because the explanations were made simple enough for people like myself yet they were not so basic that they would bore and intelligent kid like mine
Both he and myself have been to coding classes at the Apple store itself and were taught in a group setting. This book was almost just as helpfulAnd it added to our knowledge and ability to actually apply it and do some projects
I’d recommend it