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UIKit Fundamentals   

Year Granted: 2015
Institute: Udacity
Course code ud788

Course Summary

In this course, you will build a series of simple apps to become more comfortable with the UIKit framework and master its most widely used components. This framework constitutes the building blocks of the user interface for all iOS apps, and is crucial for any iOS Developer to be intimately familiar with.

Why Take This Course?

You’ve built your first iOS app. It was fun, but you might not be comfortable creating apps from scratch. After completing this course, you’ll have the skills you will need to create the UI elements for almost any app. During this course, you’ll learn everything you need to know about UIKit, from buttons to table views. To become fluent with UIKit requires practice, and this course will provide you with opportunities to create small working apps to build your skill set.

Along the way, you’ll also have short breaks to learn crucial elements of the Swift programming language. We call these “Swift Sessions” and they’ll get you up to speed on common syntactical and functional features of Swift.

Prerequisites and Requirements

This course assumes prior iOS experience. Specifically, it assumes that you have built at least one single-view app, and can use Xcode to modify swift files and storyboard scenes. You should know what a View Controller is, and know how to create outlets and actions.

The course also assumes basic familiarity with Git. Specifically, you will need to be able to clone git repositories and checkout branches specific to each lesson.

You will need access to a Mac computer running OS X 10.9 or later. However, you do not need an iPad or iPhone to complete the activities. All exercises can be completed using the iOS simulator built into Xcode.

See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.

What Will I Learn?


Lesson 1: Outlets and Actions

In this lesson, you’ll learn to connect outlets and actions using only code and graphically using storyboard. In this lesson’s Swift Session, you’ll also learn about using optionals in Swift.

You’ll use the following UIKit classes in this lesson:

  • UIButton
  • UILabel
  • UISwitch

Lesson 2: View Presentations and Segues

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to present views modally. You’ll also learn about closures in this lesson’s Swift Session.

We will introduce you to the following UIKit classes:

  • UIImagePickerController
  • UIAlertController
  • UIActivityViewController

Lesson 3: The Delegate Pattern

Many of the most common UIKit components make use of the delegate pattern. In this lesson, you’ll learn how delegates make important connections between the model, view, and controller. You’ll also learn about protocols in this lesson’s Swift Session.

We will introduce you to the following UIKit classes:

  • UITextField
  • UITextFieldDelegate

Lesson 4: Tables

Table views are one of the most commonly used views in iOS apps. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to implement tables in your own apps. You’ll also learn about collections and tuples in this lesson’s Swift Session.

We will introduce you to the following UIKit classes:

  • UITableView
  • UITableViewDelegate
  • UITableViewDataSource
  • UITableViewCell

Lesson 5: Navigation

In this lesson, you’ll learn how iOS uses navigation stacks to manage multiple views in an app. You’ll take UITableViews a step further and create the navigation structure that enables a user to tap a row of a table, view the details of an item, and return again. You’ll also learn about classes and structs in this lesson’s Swift Session.

We will introduce you to the following UIKit classes:

  • UINavigationController
  • UIBarButtonItem

Lesson 6: MemeMe Techniques

This lesson will guide you through the process of creating your own version of the meme generating app, MemeMe. You’ll learn about collection views, tab bar controllers, how to adjust the screen to accommodate the keyboard, and how to access the camera.

We will introduce you to the following UIKit classes:

  • UICollectionView
  • UICollectionViewDelegate
  • UICollectionViewDatasource
  • UITabBarController

We will also feature classes from the Foundation framework:

  • NSNotification
  • NSNotificationCenter

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