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June 25, 2015

The Truth About the The Complete iOS 9 and Swift Course by Rob Percival

This is my review of Rob Percival’s Complete iOS9 and Swift course on Udemy. I’m writing this review because it’s a very popular course on Udemy and a topic I know my audience is interested in… so I want to help you decide if it’s the right course for you.

Here’s my review of the course:

Overview

The Complete iOS9 and Swift course is meant to be an in-depth treatment of building iOS apps using Swift. In the course you’ll learn the following topics:

  • XCode and Interface Builder
  • Inputs, Buttons, and Reactive Interfaces
  • Apple’s New Programming Language: Swift
  • Variables, Arrays, Tables, and Loops
  • Navigation, Storage, and Live Content
  • Images, Maps and Music
  • Accelerometers and Motion Feedback
  • Core Data and JSON
  • Online Storage With Parse
  • Games and the Sprite Kit
  • Instagram and Snapchat Clones
  • App Store Submission
  • Making a Marketing Website For Your App

A comprehensive list to say the least. With that massive list of topics, the course boasts 207 lessons and 29 hours of content. You also build 18 real-world apps including Instagram, Tinder, Snapchat, Flappy Bird & Uber Clones .

Teacher

The course is taught by Rob Percival. Rob has a degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University and spent the first part of his career as a math teacher.

After building websites in his spare time for friends and family, he realized he enjoyed web development and it was a lucrative career so he gave up teaching to become a web developer full-time.

Here’s what I like about Rob’s teaching style:

  • He’s well-spoken and clear in his communication
  • As a former teacher, he can communicate complex concepts in easy-to-understand terms
  • He’s very knowledgeable regarding web development
  • He’s active in the course chat and answers questions promptly
  • He’s to the point and doesn’t drone on and on

Here’s some things I wish were better:

  • I think he speaks a bit too closely to the microphone and there are some “pops” in the audio
  • You catch some of the background mouse clicks, etc.

The audio is crisp and clear and there’s no concern about hearing what he’s saying… but after 29 hours you start to notice the few minor audio hiccups.

Who Is the Course For?

I believe this course is a great fit for developers who fall into the following categories:

  • Full-stack web developers looking to round out their complete development skills
  • Aspiring game developers looking to build apps for iOS
  • Intermediate developers who want to ensure they know everything they need to
  • You’re self-taught and looking for clear outline of what you need to learn
  • You’re just out of college and feel like you’re missing some of the in-demand skills

Who Is the Course NOT For?

I believe the course won’t be useful to developers in the following categories:

  • You’re an advanced developer looking for very advanced topics
  • You prefer written tutorials over video tutorials

Pros and Cons of the Course

Here’s a list of the pros:

  • It really is complete covering all the essential topics
  • Rob is a talented teacher who explains things well
  • Rob is entertaining and keeps you engaged throughout the lessons
  • The course is laid out intelligently
  • The video quality is excellent
  • Rob is active in the chat and answers questions
  • It has a large student base (64,754+) so you have lots of other developers to learn with

Here’s a list of the cons:

  • I wish some parts were explained with a touch more detail
  • It’s a technical topic but a few parts got a bit slow
  • A bit more detail on Swift
  • At $199, the price can be prohibitive for some (I’ve solved this)

How Do You Get the Course?

The Complete iOS9 and Swift course is available on Udemy for a fee of $199. The good news is that I’ve worked out a deal with Rob for my online audience and he’s agreed to offer you a 75% discount on the course.

If you purchase his course through my affiliate link, you’ll get the 75% discount:

Click here for the 75% discount

Full disclosure: I will (at NO cost to you) earn a small commission if you purchase the course through that link. I wouldn’t recommend the course if I didn’t believe it would truly help you. The small commission is just a side benefit.

Special Bonus

I believe strongly enough that this course will really help most up and coming web developers that I wanted to offer a special bonus with Rob’s course to help give you every reason to invest in it.

So, if you purchase the course through my affiliate link I will send you my revised Web Developer Learning Guide where I outline the order in which I would learn the various skills necessary for a web developer.

To get the bonus, follow these steps:

1. Purchase the course through my affiliate link 75% off

2. Forward your Udemy invoice to cwdc at johnmorrisonline dot com and I’ll email you the Web Developer Learning Guide PDF.

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