Is There A Best Way To Become An iOS Developer?

The best way to become an iOS developer is a common question on forums, Stack Overflow, Reddit, and other social media platforms.

Often the question asks whether it is best to start from scratch and create an app, or learn the language first and then create an app. Let’s assume that the language is Swift.

You could start by learning the Swift language. You would practice using typical algorithms, create data structures, and understand the language syntax, perhaps using playgrounds.

Alternatively, you could have an app in mind, and start to create the app, while learning the language on the fly. One important question is whether you could actually complete an app this way. The answer to this question is yes, you certainly can.

How you get started depends on what your goal is. Is your goal to create an app that you have in mind, and regardless of whether it is designed optimally, you just want it completed? Or, is your goal to learn the Swift language and understand how to program with it, and then create apps that leverage your knowledge?

Many developers eventually look back at their first app and ask the question, “Did I really write that code?”. This is what can happen when you choose the “create an app first” option to get started.

Is it wrong to do it this way? No, it is not wrong. It depends on your objectives. If you are excited and more concerned with getting your first iOS app developed, and not so concerned with whether the techniques you used are correct and optimum, then go ahead and start with an app. Later, you can refactor your first app, and in the process you will learn a lot.

If you rather know that you are developing your app according to established patterns and are gaining a deep understanding of the Swift language, then it is better to spend more time experimenting with Swift before you start developing your first app. Furthermore, you can always experiment with smaller apps while learning the language.

One good hybrid approach is to start with a book that will cover a number of bases, including language syntax, architecture, frameworks, project setup, tools, and plenty of smaller apps to illustrate concepts. One such book is iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide. An earlier edition of this book was my first step into iOS development.

If you choose this hybrid approach, I recommend to do all of the coding from every chapter in the book. Set yourself a goal and do one chapter per day. In less than one month, you will have completed the book and you will have an excellent, guided foundation to build upon.

There is not one answer to the best way to become an iOS developer. The most important factors are being passionate and committed, and then setting goals and following through with them. This reminds me of a famous Chinese Proverb:

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

If you have been thinking of getting into iOS development, and learning Swift, start now and choose the strategy that you think will work best for you.

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