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Introduction to Programming and Mobile App Development

Learn the basics of programming (covering Swift and Java), as well as beginning Android and iOS mobile app development.

Introduction to Programming and Mobile App Development

Learn the basics of programming (covering Swift and Java), as well as beginning Android and iOS mobile app development.
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What's included in the class?

 69 video lessons
 37 documents

About the Class


This course is an introduction to programming and app development class series, partly based on an upper-division undergraduate introductory programming language course from the Computer Science department at UCLA.

Whether you're interested to learn to make apps for fun, would like to start app development as a side-job, or even want to pick up software development as a career, this course will give you the background and practice you need to get started and take off on your own.

This is a 14-week course. We will spend eight weeks on the principles of computer programming. Next, we'll learn things specific to designing and developing mobile apps for both iOS and Android, and we'll finish the course by developing two sample apps together in both these platforms: Yoga Postures App (iOS/Android), Family Group Chat App (Android). 

The course covers concepts from Functional languages, Imperative languages, and Object-Oriented languages, in the context of the following languages: Java for Android, Swift for iOS. Over the course of the two sample apps, you will practice many aspects of app development, including Xcode and Android Studio IDEs, performing in them layout, generating views programmatically, scroll views, using Google FireBase as a database backend, asynchronous listeners/callbacks for handling events, database exchanges, and much more.

What will you learn in this course?

  • Intro to Programming and Mobile App Design and Development Series
  • Covers Android / Java and iOS / Swift
  • Partly Based on an Upper-division Undergraduate Course at UCLA
  • 2 Sample Apps: Yoga Postures App (iOS/Android), Family Group Chat App (Android)
  • 14-Week Course (68 Lectures)
  • 19+ Hours of Video Instruction
  • 400+ Pages of Lectures Slides, Notes, Source Code
  • Get Started Making Your Apps for Fun, as a Freelancer, or to Become a Professional Software Developer
  • No Prior Knowledge or Experience Necessary

Class Requirements

  • No prior knowledge or experience in programming is necessary and all ages are welcome.
  • To be able to learn and practice programming language concepts, you only need a computer with an internet connection.
  • To be able to practice making apps on your own, you will need a computer with Xcode (for iOS) or Android Studio (for Android) installed on it.

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Hesam Samimi

Computer Science and Programming Teacher, Mobile App Developer
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Hesam Samimi is a teacher of Computer Science and Programming, teaching online and at Secondary K-12 schools, since 2017. He has been developing Computer Science and Technology education project-based learning curriculum and content for Secondary K-12 schools. He is also an Android and iOS mobile app developer and instructor. For seven years...
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