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Finding the Best Online Java Programming Courses for Beginners

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Learn Java, Training Course Reviews | 0 comments

Finding the Best Online Java Programming Courses for Beginners

Where to Learn Java Online Finding the Best Online java programming courses for beginners is not an easy task since there are a great many to choose from. In recent days, I have looked high and low for the very best online courses and finally settled upon one that I think will offer me (and you) a great introduction to what could be a very difficult and confusing subject for someone that has absolutely no previous knowledge of it. Of the many courses that offer to help you learn Java online, my chosen one is “Java Programming for Beginners” by the EduCBA IT Academy. Before I explain why I have chosen this particular course, I ought to briefly explain why I am reviewing Java training courses on a website devoted to iOS programming. Some iOS fanboys will undoubtedly be dismayed by the mere suggestion of a Java programming course, but the reality is that although Apple has led the smart device revolution, Android devices have caught up very quickly and have now taken a huge part of the market. As a result, if you want to fully exploit the opportunities that exist for amateur programmers you need to seriously consider learning to create games and apps for Android devices as well as iOS devices. Unfortunately, if you have spent months learning Objective-C, this will not help you to create games and apps for Android devices. Instead, you will need to learn the Java programming language. Whilst there are some structural similarities between the 2 languages, there are a great many more differences. Have I Abandoned iOS? Certainly not! If you are interested in learning to create game and apps for iOS and somehow arrived at this post by mistake, you can find some great iOS game making courses here and some excellent iOS App Development courses here. Let me make it perfectly clear that my first love is iOS and I will continue to enjoy learning how to make iOS apps and games for my own enjoyment and intellectual stimulation. However, I have been doing this for a while now and feel that it is time for a new challenge. Hence, my decision to look around for beginner Java training courses. Now, I am not entirely sure that I will pursue this new “Java Learning Quest” fully but I am certainly going to at least learn the basic of Java programming before finally making my mind up. Why Choose the “Java Programming for Beginners” Course? One of the biggest problems with computer programming courses designed for beginners is that the tutors very often fail to explain what can be quite complicated concepts in simple enough terms. There is nothing worse than paying for a programming course and then having to pause the video every few minutes to go off and find a simple explanation of something that hasn’t been properly covered. Naturally, these courses are invariably taught by very experienced programmers and they just seem to find it very hard...

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The Best iOS Sprite Kit Tutorials 2014

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Training Course Reviews | 0 comments

The Best iOS Sprite Kit Tutorials 2014

Why Learn to Create 2d Games? Before identifying what I consider to be the best iOS Sprite Kit Tutorials of 2014, I ought to explain why I think that it is a good idea to create 2d games for iOS devices rather than the more complex 3d games. I absolutely love playing 2d games on my iOS devices. For me, 3d games belong on more high-powered games consoles. Don’t get me wrong, I love to play 3d games on consoles, but they just don’t cut it on iOS devices. I am clearly not alone in this opinion since most of the best iOS games are addictively simple 2d creations rather than the sort of complex 3d games that you might enjoy playing on your PS4 or Xbox One consoles. If I have a few spare moments when I am out and about during the day, I would much rather pull out my iPhone or iPad and play an interesting (yet simple) 2d game than get involved in a 3d console game that has been rather desperately and greedily ported to iOS by a large software company. They often load slowly and the iOS user interface is just not well equipped to deal with complex controls. Simple games that require basic touch, swipe and tilt movements are far more fun to play on an iPhone than navigating a tiny world (that makes your eyes go funny!) in a first person shooter. This is a win-win situation for hobbyist iOS games programmers – 2d games are easier to make and they are also much better suited to being played on iOS devices than 3d games. This certainly goes a long way to levelling the playing field and perhaps explains why very simple games like Flappy Birds and Fruit Ninja have been such huge success stories. What is Sprite Kit? Sprite Kit is Apple’s newly released graphics framework for creating 2d games. It has a flexible API that enables programmers to create games simply and without having to learn the complexities of the underlying OpenGL Code. iOS games programmers (both professional and amateur) have long been waiting for Apple to create this framework and its arrival as been warmly welcomed. It is a truly wonderful creation and will open up the world of iOS game development to many more people than before. There is no doubt that Apple will continue to develop and improve Sprite Kit in the years to come and anyone looking to publish 2d games on the App Store will be well advised to learn how to use it effectively. Sprite Kit Training Courses You can find out a little but about Sprite Kit programming from YouTube videos or Apple’s own website, but if you are serious about learning how to do it properly and need some more detailed guidance you will need to enrol on an online Sprite Kit training course. I have tried a few (there aren’t actually that many) and have identified what I consider to be...

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Learn iOS App Development Today – The Complete iOS 7 Course Reviewed

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Objective C Language, Training Course Reviews | 0 comments

Learn iOS App Development Today – The Complete iOS 7 Course Reviewed

The Most Comprehensive iOS 7 App Development Course If you are looking for a high quality and cost-effective way to learn how to make iPhone and iPad apps, you should definitely consider enrolling on the “Complete iOS 7 Course” at Udemy. During this 429 video lecture course, you will learn iOS App Development from start to finish by building 14 fully functioning apps under the guidance of experienced tutors. Some courses separate learning Objective C and the iOS development framework. This course, however, will teach you both the Objective C programming language and how to create attractive and fully functional user interfaces using the best design patterns and practices. Don’t be intimidated by the number of videos, since each aspect of iOS App Development is helpfully broken down into lots of short, logical and easy to digest video lessons – this makes it much easier to find the relevant part of the training later on when you need to refresh your memory about a particular programming concept. Unlike many others, this course is completely up-to-date and teaches you how to create iOS apps using the very latest versions of iOS7 and Xcode 5. It is a very popular iOS App Development course. The fact that there are more than 22,500 students enrolled is a reassuring indication of the quality of the course content. I consider this course to be the most comprehensive and highly regarded iOS App Development course available anywhere online. If you work hard at it, this course will take you from absolute beginner to accomplished programmer by the end of the 36+ hours of quality video content. It also gets great reviews from current and past students and, as with all Udemy training courses, you get the reassurance of a genuine 30 day money back guarantee. There is also an active forum community for this course where you can exchange ideas and solve problems with other students and the course tutors. I strongly believe that the best way to learn computer programming is to get your hands dirty and build apps from the very beginning. Text books are great reference aids, but you are definitely not going to be able to create your own apps by simple reading chapter upon chapter of dry and uninspiring code. The Online Training Revolution There was a time (not too long ago) when learning how to program computers to a high standard meant that you had little option but to spend thousands of dollars attending a regular offline college. Of course, you can still do this if you wish, but there is now another option – you can enrol on a comprehensive online course tutored by genuine industry experts at a fraction of the price of an equivalent offline course. One of the best things about online computer programming training is that you don’t have to live near a top rate college in order to get a top rate education – the lessons are streamed directly to your computer or smart device wherever you are in...

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Udemy Discount Codes July 2014

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Discount Codes, Training Course Reviews | 1 comment

Udemy Discount Codes July 2014

Udemy Discount Codes – Regular & Substantial Savings I’m not going to waste my time telling you why I think that Udemy is such a great online training facility, since you probably wouldn’t be searching the internet for Udemy Discount Codes unless you had already decided to enrol on one of their courses. I have been using Udemy for online training courses for a few years now, but I have never paid full price. It’s not that I don’t think that their courses are worth the full price, but I know full well that Udemy releases Discount Codes on a regular basis. Personally, I’d prefer it if they just priced their courses at a lower level generally rather than use the regular “heavy discounting” approach, but that’s their choice and it doesn’t affect the quality of the courses one bit. The Udemy Discounts are not just the occasional 10-20% here and there … they are usually at least 50% and often about 65 – 75%! So, these codes are well worth hunting down. Where to Find the Udemy Discount Codes Udemy generally don’t just advertise their discount codes on their own website – they are not quite that generous! Instead, the Udemy Discount Codes are usually released to a select number of affiliates and previous customers for them to pass on to others. That’s how I get the heads up about these discounts and that’s why I am passing this information on to you. So, lets get to the good bit … The July 2014 Udemy Discount Code entitles you to buy selected courses for just $10! Some of these discounts are up to 98% off the normal price! Just click “Show Coupon” to claim your discount. SHOW COUPON Did this code work for...

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Udemy Promo Codes – Huge Discounts on Training Courses

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Discount Codes | 0 comments

Udemy Promo Codes – Huge Discounts on Training Courses

The Best Udemy Discount Codes I have been using Udemy to buy training courses for a number of years now and I honestly consider them to be one of the best online educational websites around. Their courses are acceptably priced at full cost, but the great thing about Udemy is that they regularly release Udemy Promo Codes that enable you to get very large discounts on their training courses – usually at least 50%! I have recently purchased courses on CSS, HTML, Objective C and iOS Development, and have never once considered taking advantage of the 30 day money back guarantee that they offer to all customers. However, I have never ever paid full price for one of their courses – there is always a Udemy Discount Code to be found somewhere on the internet and the purpose of this post is to tell you what the best current discount codes are and how to use them to get money off your chosen course. I will update this page as and when old codes expire and new codes are released so, if you are not yet ready to start a course, just bookmark this page and return when you are ready. I am so impressed with the quality of their courses that I have signed up as one of their affiliates. This means that I get access to some great discount codes that aren’t widely available to the public and I am allowed to share them with anyone that visits my website. The July 2014 Udemy Discount Code entitles you to buy selected courses for just $10! Some of these discounts are up to 98% off the normal price! Just click “Show Coupon” SHOW COUPON Did this code work for...

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