No one has been born an ingenious expert, which is true for programming. The key to successful application building is just practicing writing code according to the worked-out principles.
The more you allow yourself to train, the better your grasp of the fundamentals you will acquire. A great iOS developer should first have a good command of hard skills, coding, and application design, as well as testing and aligning them to other tools. There are no shortcuts to this path, so you should hone enough time to practice and perfect your abilities in each area.
To simplify this, we compiled a list of advice to let you master iOS development and get your finest mobile projects to the App Store sooner, so check them out.
What Exactly Does iOS Development Include
The term ‘iOS development’ is often associated with creating software for iOS. However, it doesn’t stop at this point. Besides making apps for devices such as iPads, Apple Watch, Macbooks, and iPhones, developers are involved in complex processes of making ideas to solve specific tasks through their apps (conceptualization).
Next, there is design work that relies on the concept: working out wireframes, convenient models of user navigation, UI and UX, internal app structure, and outer appearance. All of this contains designing elements like icons and their interactions. This is followed by testing, correcting bugs, and making your creation available for audiences.
3 Things to Do When You Already Started and Want to Grow
If you already took an early start and have a burning desire to produce and launch better applications, there are a few things to focus on:
- Work at programming languages.
Yes, one coding language will never remain relevant, but being competent in several will certainly benefit you. Just like Swift has replaced Objective-C, programmers might find another worthy alternative but become fluent in Swift is one of the best ways to grow. Every flourishing company is interested in hiring an experienced Swift developer.
Swift has a lot in common with Kotlin, especially in syntaxis, and is open-source, which means you can also change and push it ahead. So even if you haven’t invested in a Mac yet, practicing in Swift is possible on Linux or web tools.
Online courses, books, and official education aren’t the only ways to learn – taking from other people who use it actively and working as a team can improve your skills greatly.
- Master Xcode.
Yes, you might already know that this refactoring tool saves you the time to spend on other significant tasks when you need to refactor – for example, rename code in multiple contexts. But let’s explore more!
Xcode is the development environment, irreplaceable in automatizing code styling and letting it be as readable as possible. In addition, the tool allows you to use linters to fix issues automatically (with SwiftLint). Although AppCode is a more widely used tool reaching approximately the same goals, beginner-level programmers are going to appreciate the simplicity of Xcode, which is optimized by Apple itself.
Another big plus of Xcode is reflecting resources. It counts as especially useful for a user in the process of coding. This is done in a non-intrusive manner that doesn’t interrupt your work.
- Let your UI components remain visible.
When working at interfaces and trying to integrate many features in the app, the key is to prevent navigation from becoming too complex. Tend to simplify things: instead of putting modals over modals, try to employ UITabBarControllers or side menus to make the process more straightforward.
Dealing with inputs is more successful if you place them on top of the screen and are not covered with other elements. The same concerns the use of The Notification Center to handle the interaction between components of apps and organize the synchronization of models and controllers.
That will give the software creation more reactivity and make your work less tangled.
Following these three tips can already make a big difference thanks to their practical value and improved code effectiveness. However, be free to complete this short list with new advice to become a more confident developer in the Apple ecosystem.
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