[NOTICE: If you are interested in attending something like this in Edinburgh - please leave a comment so we can gauge interest]

Thanks to Hermoine Way from TechFluff.tv, along with Jonathan Sarno and Alex Cone from CodeFab, I had the pleasure of getting a scholarship to the iPhone Bootcamp in London this weekend.

The iPhone Bootcamp is a well established training course over in the States, and this is their first venture across the pond. The goal is simple: to turn complete beginners to iPhone developers in 24 hours. What this really translates to is a crash course from 10-6pm everyday for 3 days. Of course, most people stay beyond 6pm …

The organizers impose a limit of 15 people taking the course. There were 9 of us taking this class. Obviously this meant that there was a lot of one-to-one tuition and plenty of time to ask questions. The tutor, Alex Cone, knows a scarily large amount about Objective C and the iPhone development process. In fact, he can even tell you where to find the Apple engineers at the WWDC happening next week.

The course covered the basics of iPhone development. Here’s a basic run down of the contents:

Day 1 - It takes you from writing the mandatory “Hello World!” application (in a rather attractive combination of blue text on yellow background)

Day 2 – Goes through the basics of building a Table View application (which is the list view you get on your iPod). First you’ll hardwire the list in the code, then you move onto loading the list from a plist (property list), then through to loading a list using SQLite.

Day 3 – The morning covers web services and basic animations at breakneck speed, before getting splitting the class into groups and getting them to build an eBook application from scratch.

Accompanying the course is a BIG stack of slides, as well as a student package which includes sample code to the exercises.
As you can imagine, it was a lot to take in. I didn’t know anything about programming in the Cocoa framework or in Objective C – but I still managed to follow most of the exercises. I’m not saying that I didn’t get lost, and I did spend quite a bit of time trying to understand what was going on at a conceptual level. But I certainly got a rough idea of things. This was helped by the fact that I had programmed in Java before, and had an understanding of Model-View-Controller structure by playing with RubyonRails. Anyone without a basic understanding of either of these will struggle.

Also, there was a mixture of novices and slightly more experienced programmers on the course; a few had developed iPhone apps before, and a few (like me) don’t even own a Mac! I think everyone found their own level – some of the more experience coders just added more things for “style points”, whilst the novices followed the instructions.

Despite being exhausted, it was well-worth it. It definitely comes highly recommended and if anyone has money for sponsorship, I’m sure Alex and Jon would like to come up to Scotland!

So a BIG THANK YOU to Hermoine, Jon and Alex for letting me attend the course and I’m off to save up to get a macbook and an iPod Touch!

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Comment by Raj Sharma on August 24, 2009 at 2:09
Hi, is the Edinburgh iPhone bootcamp still scheduled to go ahead? When I navigate up to http://edinburghiphone.eventbrite.com/ I get a "This Event is Currently Unavailable" message.

Comment by iPhonebootcampnyc.com on June 23, 2009 at 20:50
Hi Kate,
The iPhone Boot Camp in Edinburgh is scheduled for September 17-19 and we are now taking registrations. It's the exact same high quality training workshop as the one in London = in June that you blogged about above, three days and 24 hours of iPhone training with very experienced iPhone developers/trainers, mainly former engineers and long time Mac developers from Apple headquarters.

We are now taking registrations at: http://edinburghiphone.eventbrite.com/

and our meetup site for more info and to network with other iPhone developers is:

Our main site is: http://www.iphonebootcampnyc.com

As for the cost if you can get sponsors to pay for the workshop that would be great but already the workshop iis half the cost of similar workshops offered in London and considered on of the best.
Comment by Kate Ho on June 14, 2009 at 11:20
Hi Matt, Sounds really interesting - I'd like to know more. Can you drop me an email at kate @ startupcafe.co.uk - thanks!

Comment by Matt Johnston on June 11, 2009 at 13:00
We've done and are doing something a little like this.

In April we held DevDays - two one day sessions aimed at the iPhone.
In June I facilitated 30 companies sending developers to Apple's WWDC (in fact, we're over here right now and I'm typing this in the middle of the night due to jet lag).
In July, we're running a 2 day iPhone course as part of the TRANS Urban Arts Academy in Belfast. Cost to each participant? About 50 quid.
And we're bout to launch the Cocoa Cooking Class - a weekly, or bi-weekly 3 hour class teaching folk to program iPhone apps.

While over here I met Gordon Hughes, a Glaswegian iPhone developer living in Ohio and Tom Griffiths from Hubdub. Very interested in doing stuff together, bringing DevDays to Scotland or working together to get some top class events up and running.
Comment by Ryan Nicol Kilmurray on June 4, 2009 at 22:58
I'd definitely be interested in something like this. I've been looking for something along the lines of this for a while now.
Comment by Kate Ho on June 4, 2009 at 15:03
The one that I attended cost around £650, but I'm hoping that if there's enough of a demand then I can perhaps speak to people who have money to sponsor the event so it'll be less. Hence, the more people that say are interested, the better it is. Thats the other question, what would people be willing to pay? (considering this is a 3 day, 24 hour, hands on workshop?)
Comment by Louise Drumm on June 4, 2009 at 13:43
Would definitely be interested in an Edinburgh-based boot camp. To echo Marc, what was the cost?
Comment by Marc Tanenbaum on June 4, 2009 at 13:09
I would LOVE to have the opportunity to attend such a boot camp, were it held nearby. How much as the tuition?


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