Apple, one of the wealthiest companies in the world has just launched a programming course: App Development with Swift. The course is designed specifically for for high school and community college students and is free to download from Apple’s iBooks store right now.
The course revolves around Swift, Apple’s own programming language that works for iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs, Apple Watches, and more. In Apple’s press release for their new course, they explained that the course allows students to “design fully functional apps, gaining critical job skills in software development and information technology.”
Already, six community colleges systems throughout the US have adopted the curriculum and plan to teach it in the coming Fall semester. Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple explained that “community colleges play a critical role in helping students achieve their dreams, and we hope these courses will open doors for people of all ages and backgrounds to pursue what they love.”
Apple’s new book guides beginner-level programming students through five projects, the first being a simple flashlight app and the last being a more complex shopping app that communicates with web servers. In its introduction, the book notes that it can be completed in the classroom or by individual students, and to ensure adequate understanding of all concepts in the book, Apple hosts interactive “playground exercises, mini projects and quizzes, as well as a teacher’s guide with grading rubrics, solutions code and Keynote presentations.”
The course, an exciting announcement within itself, comes at an opportune time for many Novus members, as school is out and a dull summer is approaching.