Want an immersive program without sacrificing your job? Bloc is the world’s largest online iOS bootcamp, and has helped hundreds of grads launch new careers as developers. In this Insider’s Guide, we’ll introduce you to Bloc’s iOS course director, who will detail Bloc’s syllabus, which includes Swift, Objective-C, the iOS SDK, 2D gaming using SpriteKit, and mobile backend development using Parse. Next, we’ll give you a first-hand account of the Bloc program experience from a recent student and his mentor. In the Info Session recording, Course Director Aaron Brager goes into great detail about how Bloc’s online bootcamp works, and what exactly you’ll learn in the iOS Course Syllabus Aaron has developed.
How Does an Online iOS Bootcamp Work, Anyway?
As coding bootcamps have sprung up over the past three years, Bloc has emerged as the leading online bootcamp. You’ll get the accountability of a bootcamp as you work one-on-one with a mentor, and a world-class iOS curriculum we wrote from scratch. At the same time, you’ll get the benefits of an online program: you can take Bloc from anywhere, and we can tailor the one-on-one program just for you. Finally, you can enroll in a part-time track, so that you can undertake this program without sacrificing your day job.
We believe in an apprenticeship approach to learning. An apprenticeship differs from a classroom in a few ways. Classrooms treat everyone the same. We’ll teach everyone individually. Classroom teach concepts, we focus on projects. Classrooms give you a certificate, we’ll give you a portfolio. You’ll apprentice one-on-one alongside a master developer to build real apps you can share with the world.
A First-Hand Look At Bloc’s Program
Meet Aaron – iOS Dev Course Director
Aaron has been developing web and native apps for iOS since iPhone launched in 2007. Prior to Bloc, Aaron was an iOS Developer at Sprout Social. He has also worked at Apple and deck5 Software.
Meet Victor – A Recent iOS Bootcamp Grad
Prior to enrolling in Bloc, Victor studied Computer Science in Brazil. Today he’s a iOS developer at mobLee. Victor’s projects include a custom web browser, Blockstagram, Blocspot, Alcholator, CKL Challenge, and Sapiens Logo Refactory.
Meet Falko – An iOS Mentor With a #1 Ranked iOS App
In addition to being a Bloc mentor, Falko manages an engineering team at a Silicon Valley healthcare technology startup, and has a long history in the health-tech space. In addition to his engineering leaderships at startups and larger tech companies in the healthcare space, Falko is also the creator of the all-time top-grossing calorie-tracking app in the Germany iOS app store.
Bloc’s iOS Curriculum
The number one thing that prospective students want to know is what they’ll learn in Bloc’s online iOS Bootcamp. Here are some of the highlights from Bloc’s iOS Syllabus that was created for Bloc by our Course Director Aaron Brager. For complete details, watch the info session recording (below) where Aaron goes over the syllabus in great detail, or request a copy of the syllabus on the iOS bootcamp course page.
- Set up your developer environment using Xcode 6, Git, and GitHub
Intro to Programming using Objective-C – the language used in industry today
- Intro to Programming using Swift – Apple’s new developer language
Learn about Storyboarding, Basic Navigation, and Handling Gestures
Build your first app – a replica of Instagram – and learn to work with the Instagram API
Learn about Test Driven Development, iTunes Connect, and customizing your app for iPhone Plus, iPad Mini and iPad screen sizes
Learn to create a backend for your app using Parse
Create a 2D game using SpriteKit and Apple’s Game Center
Learn to work with iCloud APIs
Learn to Publish your app to the App Store
Mentors are the heart and soul of Bloc. Your mentor acts as:
- A coach providing insight into the best way to tackle a problem
- An experienced guide pair- programming when you get stuck
- A career mentor sharing years of industry insight and experience
Structure and Support
Bloc provides an integrated experience of structure and support. Program coordinators help students stay on track and mentors and course directors monitor an online help center so you can get un-stuck between mentor appointments
Download the Info Session Slides