With newer versions of iPods, iPads, and iPads flooding the tech market every month, an aspiring iOS developer can rest assured that he or she will have plenty of job prospects to look forward to in the future. However, though iOS development is a highly lucrative skill, acquiring all the knowledge and skills required to call one an iOS developer is no easy task. You’re going to have to crack down on your brain to pick up the knowledge necessary for a career in this field. And then, for the best job prospects, you’re going to have to apply those skills yourself to develop an app of your own to showcase to potential employers.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. Before you can create an app, you’ve got to learn the trade. So here’s a step by step account of how you should prepare yourselves if you’re looking to get into the iOS development job market.
1) Learn the Theoretic and Basics of Building Software
Now, before you jump into iOS development, it’s a good idea to get a firm grasp on the theoretical part of building software or an app first. Otherwise, you’re going to find yourself getting stumped in places that you could have easily avoided. (This is technology, my friend. It makes life easier for the user. But if you want to make great apps, you’re going to have to learn things about app building from scratch.)
Building a software or app is not just about what it’s going to be used for, but also about how it looks (the app’s structure) and how it’s going to be used (testing the app). Plus, learning how to debug and test your software at various stages of development is a skill you simply can’t afford to skip at this stage.
2) Treat Learning Source Control as the Holy Book of App Development
There isn’t a software development alive that doesn’t need source control. It is the entire canvas or blueprint on which you make your app or software. And that’s no joke. It doesn’t matter if you work solo, or if you work in a team; when you’re building an app, you need to use source control. Source control is what allows you to create check points at various points while you’re building your app. Source control is how you can fall back on previous versions of your app if need be. And source control is how you communicate or explain to other app developers how you built the app at every stage and point, and why you did something or made a change the way you did. So in short, you cannot do without learning source control. You just can’t.
3) What You Actually Need to Know
Now you’ve passed the beginner’s stage. Great. So let’s get down to business. This is the very basics of what you need to learn in order to become an iOS developer: Objective C, Swift, iOS, XCode, Interface Builder, Version Control, and Frameworks.
Now, if you’re new, you might wonder why we just didn’t directly mention iOS, since how to prepare to be an iOS developer is the main point of this article. Well, that’s because you need a base before you jump into the structure; a strong foundation before you start using the building materials. And, a lot like actual building materials in the real world, all the above tools mentioned need to be learned so that you’ll know how to use them in tandem with each other.
Now let’s explore these tools’ various purposes and roles: Objective C is, of course, the coding language you use to create and develop iOS apps. So of course you need to learn this first and foremost. You also need to learn the workings of iOS if you want to be an iOS developer. Then, Swift, as it is Apple’s programming language for iOS apps, you of course need to learn this as well. XCode is the development studio used to create and develop Apple apps. The best part though, is that XCode is free to download, and it would be very much to your benefit if you learned this. Interface Builder is for the visual aspect of the app, as it allows you to design your app’s user interface. Version Control is something you must learn to know how to use a versioning system for code; it is an essential skill for every coder and app developer. And finally, Frameworks is something you should learn so that you learn how to save time by smartly reusing code wherever possible or necessary – and this includes code written by other too.
4) Build an App: It’s the Best Resume You’ll Have for an iOS Developer Job
So, now that you’ve learned all the skills you’ll need to apply for a job as an iOS Developer, the best thing you can do to actually get that job is to build an app yourself. Because, you might have learned all this stuff. But what really sells the deal to employers is that you actually know how to apply these skills of yours in creating an app.
So, use your skills to develop and iOS app, and then, put it up on the Apple Store too. Sure, that might not be particularly necessary, especially if the company you’re scouting mainly develops apps for internal distribution. But mostly, a lot of iOS apps wind up, in finale, on Apple App Store. And besides, it will be good for you to know how to upload an app to the store and what all set up that entails. And if your app is downloaded and/or bought, then that’s all the better for you as well!
After all, don’t forget that what originally put app development on the map as a marketable and employable skill is actually solo entrepreneurs who made their own apps and gained recognition for it. And even if your uploaded app doesn’t reach those standards of fame, your skill-set will be much more admirable because you made a workable iOS app.