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What is the best iOS app development bootcamp / course in London?  October 20, 2017 – 07:16 am
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There are a (small, but growing) number of iOS app development bootcamps available in London, although iOS courses still lag web development courses by large margin.

The best offering depends on what you are after: the course needs to fit your schedule and your goals.

London iOS bootcamps and crash course list

  • Cost: £8, 000 (full time), £3, 000 (part-time)
  • Length: 12 weeks 9:00 to 17:00 (full time), 10x 2 nights per week 18:00 - 21:00 (part time)
  • Max Class Size: 15
  • Job search support
  • No sessions were scheduled in London at the time of writing
  • Cost (in New York): $4, 750 (~£3, 100)
  • Length: 12 weeks (part time)
  • Cost: £1, 800
  • Length: 5 days (Monday - Friday 10:00 to 17:00)
  • Ratio of student to teacher: 7.5 to 1
  • Cost: £599
  • Length: 2 days 10:00 - 18:00 (weekend)
  • Max Class Size: 10
  • Ratio of student to teacher: 5 to 1
  • Make 7 fully functional apps using Swift (iOS) or Java (Android) with no programming experience required.

The value of teachers

Getting started is the hardest part because you don’t know what you don’t know. This is the time when you get stuck on the most banal things, which can be demoralising and time consuming. A teacher can catch you when you fall and foster your forward momentum. More importantly teachers teach you how to help yourself, show you where to look and point you in the right direction.

However, no teacher can make you into a great app developer. This comes from figuring things out yourself and developing your skills by building apps independently. Therefore, regardless of whether you’re doing a full time, part time, or weekend course, expect to dedicate a lot of time to your own projects to become proficient. Progress is directly proportional to how much you practice.

Final thoughts on bootcamps

Bootcamps tap into existing potential. They can only turn someone into an employable entry-level developer in a few months provided that person was always going to be good at it. The classic story goes like this: Jack/Jill joins bootcamp X. He/She has a problem solving skills, but a philosophy degree. He/She would make an exceptional developer in an alternate universe. Jack/Jill busts his/her ass at the bootcamp, lands an awesome job, and is the envy of all his/her friends. Can bootcamp X can turn anyone into a successful developer? Nope. But it worked for Jack/Jill.

Almost every app development course will teach the same topics. The bootcamp curriculums I’ve seen are mostly skills and technology based, which is why attending a bootcamp won’t make you a programmer! A is able to break down a problem and make a computer perform a sequence of events to solve it. This requires figuring out strategies for deconstructing problems: a key skill you need in the real world. While you don’t need a computer science degree to learn how to break down problems, it does mean that if the bootcamp doesn’t cover fundamental computer science topics, students will have to fill in these gaps on their own.

At the end of the day, what you get out of a bootcamp is what you put in. If you're willing to put in the time before, during, and after the bootcamp and make an effort learning to code, these programs can be a good way to get started, immerse yourself, and learn how to get things done. No bootcamp is a quick and easy way to a developer salary.


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