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I am interested in IOS application development. That's fully what I want to do.  Just trying to search for a tutor here in Hawaii.
Software Language Proficiencies / Interests:
C, C++, C#, Flash/Flex, HTML, Java, Javascript, Visual Basic, Other
About Me:
I am 19 years of age, with a drive for success. I was born and raised in Kailua Hawaii. I am also getting married in december. Would love to buy my wife a home right after.  My goal is to become successful from my ideas for app development.  I'm currently owning a production company. I love my life!
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At 7:51pm on April 27, 2012, Nathan Wallace said…

Hey Keanu,

I don't have the experience, maturity, or time to do any sort of teaching/tutoring right now. Having a few one-on-one sessions with a tutor can definitely be beneficial, but in the meantime while you find someone to help, I would totally go ahead and snoop around at the alternatives. Like Mika said, there are some great iOS, programming, and game dev classes available on Oahu and probably on the outer islands too. Online forums dedicated to iOS are also a help if you have a few questions, as those forums are populated with experienced and helpful developers. I'd love to be of more help, but I'm a few years off a good age to do so. (plus I'm just a passive hobbyist)


At 4:24pm on April 21, 2012, Nathan Wallace said…

Oh, and one more thing. I see that you might go to some event about Corona. Corona is really cool if you're into more Javascript-y languages and want to make a game. Lua is pretty easy to learn and Corona has all the basic features that a game might need (Physics, animations, etc). You may remember Robert Nay, a teenager, made Bubble Ball in Corona, which knocked Angry Birds off the #1 spot for a week (I think?), so definitely check it out if you want to make a game.

At 4:13pm on April 21, 2012, Nathan Wallace said…

Hi Keanu, 

Learning iOS programming and development is fun and exciting, but can get pretty intense sometimes. I wish you the best of luck in finding a teacher/tutor, and learning in general.

I taught myself cocoa and objective-c with books, websites, Google, and copying code and editing it. It's really about understanding how to write code with objects (which got pretty weird for me) and how to link it with the user interface. 

Recommended books: 

  1. Programming in Objective-C by Stephen G. Kochan (Great book)
  2. The iPhone Developer's Cookbook by Erica Sadun (Awesome for learning how to do specific things)
  3. Beginning iPhone Development by Jeff LaMarche

They're pretty expensive, but at least one is nice.

You can search the web for some sites on how to learn objective-c, but Apple offers some great resources at on how to design iPhone apps, learn objective-c, how to build your first iPhone app, etc. One document you MUST read before you embark on a big project is the iOS Human Interface Guidelines. It's pretty boring, but it gives you an idea on how properly design your apps. I read it cover-to-cover once (and half regretted it), and it's grown massively since that time. 

Lastly, I really love taking random snippets of code and changing them to my heart's content, which is really how I came to understand Cocoa and the iOS SDK. I'm just a (pretty bad) amateur, but I taught myself the basics at age 12, showing that just about anyone can do it. The trick is doing it beautifully and doing it well. Good luck!

At 8:51pm on April 18, 2012, Mika Leuck said…

E komo mai Keanu. UH Pacific New Media often has affordable iOS classes. You might want to check out their Spring and Summer sessions. We have a mobile developers interest group that sometimes has meetups. When we have them they are posted in the Event Calendar. Good luck with your career ambitions!



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