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App development courses

  • How important has app development become?

    07 June 2013

    There are currently over a billion smartphones in the world, which is one in four mobile phones. When you add to this the fact that 80% of a person’s time on a smartphone is spent using apps, there is little else needed to convince people that mobile applications are a huge market and, for many, a massive part of everyday life. Many big software development companies are moving away from the PC market towards the mobile market and we see no reason why others shouldn’t follow suit.

    There are tales of ‘overnight success’ littered throughout the Apple app store with people going from 9 to 5 jobs to managing multi-million dollar companies through the sale of one app. Cut the Rope, Doodle Jump, iSteam and Harbor Master are all examples of this. However, these so-called ‘overnight successes’ actually involved months of development and years of training. But this doesn’t mean that this kind of success is impossible for you. The market for mobile apps is growing, as well as the market for smartphones, so there are thousands of great ideas waiting to be explored.

    We have mentioned over the past few months that we have partnered up with Amsys, the app development training course specialists, to bring you the training that you need to be a success on the app store. So, over the next few weeks we will take you through all the different training courses you can take to hone your app development skills. Amsys cover everything from app development for the iPad to Google Android development.

    So, if you’re looking for app store success, take a look at our App Development courses and give Total Training Solutions a call today on 0800 612 1299 or contact us via the website.

  • iPad app development

    12 June 2013

    When we talk about the development of mobile apps, we usually think about mobile phones and apps than can potentially improve everyday life. However, the mobile platform also incorporates tablet devices like the iPad. While the iPad performs almost all the same functions as the iPhone, it has a much larger screen and is used more for entertainment purposes than its smartphone cousin. Therefore, app development for the iPad can be a completely different kettle of fish.

    While it is possible, and in most cases advisable, to develop your app for use across all mobile Apple devices, it may also be a good idea to make your app iPad specific. If your app requires the larger screen and is more for entertainment purposes, then focusing your time and energy on the iPad can be more beneficial than spreading your effort across optimising the app for multiple platforms.

    In order to develop apps for the iPad you will need to learn how to use tools such as the iOS SDK and the iOS simulator as well as knowing how to plan and execute your app development project right from the initial design and programming stages, up to the deployment of the application. If you choose to develop an app for every platform, the development process will be very different and you will need to learn how to manage this as well.

    As we have recently teamed up with Amsys, the app development specialist, Total Training Solutions are now able to provide you with all of these skills, covering both the technical details and the overall management of app development projects.

    So, if you’re looking to develop the skills required to develop your iPad app, take a look at our app development training course list and give Total Training Solutions a call on 0800 612 1299 or contact us via the website.

  • What is Objective-C?

    20 June 2013

    We have been talking a lot about app development, particularly for Apple devices. But so far we have missed out one of the most fundamental aspects of Apple software development. While many of us may be familiar with HTML and CSS programming language, Objective-C is what you will need for Apple software and works with both OS X and iOS.

    At its most basic level, Objective-C deals with ‘objects’ and ‘classes’. Apps are built from a network of these ‘objects’ and Objective-C allows you to programme how they will interact with one another. So, while you can develop basic apps with very little knowledge of Objective-C, eventually you will have to learn to use the code. Particularly, if you are looking to differentiate your app from the standard templates.

    As the code works with both the standard and the mobile operating systems, there is no need to learn two different sets of programming language, though there are differences in the way that the two platforms are programmed. The basics of Objective-C can be very useful to an inexperienced developer, but becoming more advanced in your Objective-C fluency can really help to develop top quality apps.

    Having teamed up with Amsys, the app development training specialists, we are now able to bring you two Objective-C courses. One for beginner developers and one for those who are already experienced with the language who are looking to become more advanced developers.

    So, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran, if you’re looking to advance your Objective-C capabilities, take a look at our app development course list and call Total Training Solutions today on 0800 612 1299 or contact us via the website.

  • Who is Amsys?

    28 June 2013

    In this month’s blogs we have been talking about Amsys and the services they offer to those who wish to improve their skills in Apple technology. We have looked at app development, the emergence of the mobile platform and how Objective-C is the key to your app development success. But as we have teamed up with Amsys, we thought we’d look at who the company is and why they are so good at providing expert training in Apple technology.

    As an expert in Apple training, Amsys has trained over 11,000 people in just over ten years in their London and Manchester training centres. As well as training people, Amsys provides Mac repairs, Mac support, consultancy and recruitment, so, short of being part of Apple itself, Amsys are all round Apple and Mac experts. They have also released their own mobile apps to help with revision for the exams that you take to receive certain qualifications, so when it comes to training and certifications for the mobile platform, you know that you are in the hands of a firm that has first hand experience of app development.

    Recently, Amsys have opted to increase their investment in the Manchester area to target the digital marketing and media sector which is rife in the region. So, their benefits now extend to professionals in the marketing industry as well as those who are more involved in the high-tech end of the spectrum.

    Their relentless focus on Apple technologies has allowed them to build up their reputation as Europe’s number one provider of Apple training courses and many internationals make the trip to England to take their Apple training. As proud partners of this firm, at Total Training Solutions we cannot recommend Amsys highly enough. Their extensive knowledge of Apple technology and vast experience in training in this area would be beneficial to any newcomer or expert.

    So, if you would like to make the most of what Amsys have to offer, browse our range of Apple OS X and Apple Hardware courses. To book your chosen course call Total Training Solutions on 0800 612 1299 or contact us via the website.

  • Developing iOS apps and learning through doing

    04 July 2013

    Throughout the world of training courses and, indeed, any field of education, there is often call for courses that teach things in a way that is directly applicable to real life. While it is possible to ‘learn by the book’ so to speak and then learn how to apply the textbook methods to real life situations, it is becoming easier to cut out the middleman and learn on the job.

    Since partnering with Amsys, we are now able to bring you more courses that allow for practical training, as we (and Amsys) believe that teaching you the skills that will enable you to actually do the job, rather than just learning the theory, will leave you better equipped for success. One of these courses is entitled, ‘Developing iOS apps for business.’

    As a firm which has a mobile app development department of its own, Amsys has first rate expertise in providing real world experience to trainees. Throughout the years, their mobile team has come up with five of the most common things you will find in a business app. These are:

    Forms - The shift from paper towards iPads - companies often require apps to deal with their HR paperwork.

    Databases - Making company databases accessible through mobile apps.

    Social Media - The ability to integrate a company with Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.

    Security - Especially for apps with access to databases.

    Document handling - and potentially the ability to print them as well.

    Along with these common things which will be important in your learning of iOS app development, Amsys have come up with some best practices that have proved successful for them and incorporated them into the course.

    So, if you’re looking for an app development course that can teach you the ropes using practical means, take a look at our course list and give Total Training Solutions a call today on 0800 612 1299 or contact us via the website.

  • Uninstalling and deleting apps on a Mac - a how-to guide....

    15 July 2013

    Having spoken a lot about mobile apps recently, we have perhaps neglected computers and Macs. But in a world where many people are shifting away from Windows towards Apple technology, we thought that, this week, we’d take a look at how you would operate a Mac computer. Many of us know how to uninstall programs on Windows, but uninstalling Apple apps is not as well-known a process. So, here’s our guide to uninstalling Mac apps:

    There are three main ways to remove applications from Apple Macs:
    1. To uninstall apps that you have purchased from the Mac App Store - hold the option key, while in Launchpad, and the icons will begin to wiggle. Click the delete button (x) to uninstall the app. If an icon doesn’t have a delete button, then it cannot be uninstalled.

    2. To uninstall apps that have not been purchased from the Mac App Store - drag the app to the Trash, and then choose Finder > Empty Trash. If you change your mind, before emptying the Trash, select the app in the Trash and then choose File > Put Back.

    3. Sometimes, you may also find your apps come with their own uninstaller - this is only when an app developer deems it necessary to remove files stored outside the app that could be relatively large.

    While this process is not too complicated, we hope that it’s an eye-opener for people who are inexperienced with Apple Macs or those who have used Windows laptops for the majority of their lives. If you are one of these and would like to further your skills with Apple computers, then there are steps you can take. We have recently partnered with Amsys, who are Europe’s leading provider of Apple training courses, so we are now able to bring you the best level of training in things such as mobile app development and Apple hardware.

    If you would like to make the most of such courses, take a look at our course list and call Total Training Solutions on 0800 612 1299 or contact us via the website.

  • The Amsys Revise IT app

    25 July 2013

    As we have been talking about these past few weeks, our partners Amsys are able to offer a wide range of Apple training courses, from app development to hardware maintenance. However, Amsys offer a unique service to accompany their training courses, which not only showcases their own skills as app developers, but also helps you to prepare for your qualification examinations.

    The Amsys Revise IT app is free to download and contains multiple choice revision questions for each of the Amsys Apple hardware and software courses. Each course is divided into chapters, and questions are assigned to each of these chapters so that if you want to focus on key areas or topics you are struggling with, you can do so. You can also randomise the order of the questions so that you actually learn the answers to them rather than just memorising the order.

    Some questions on the app contain pictures that you can slide up and look at before answering the question and your results can be viewed as you go through the questions or at the end of each chapter. So, the functionality of the app really is up there with the very best on the market. 13 out of 14 reviewers on the app store have given it a five-star rating.

    Amsys stress the importance of using other methods for revision for their training courses. Although the app is very useful, Amsys encourage users to use the app only as a supplement to the core revision and main bulk of the work. Relying solely on the app will not give you guaranteed success!

    If you’re looking to train in Apple technology, we are able to bring you the latest courses through our partner, Amsys. So, to see what is on offer, take a look at our course directory and give Total Training Solutions a call on 0800 612 1299 or contact us via the website.

  • The Hidden Features of iOS 8

    02 October 2014

    With the launch of iOS 8, Apple has added some new features to the operating system to enhance the user experience. By playing on my device I’ve found these useful extras which you may not have discovered yet.

    The first being

    ‘How to Improve Battery Life’

    A problem which I know everyone battles with. I’ve found since the update that my battery life drains really quickly. Why not try the following which I’ve found helps. The feature is dependent on the apps you are using at the time but is a really useful indicator as to which apps are reducing your battery life so that you can alter their background refresh setting.

    Open Setting
    Select General
    Select Usage
    Select Battery Usage

    The second of my discoveries will hopefully help if the worst happens and your device is lost or stolen

    ‘Sending your devices last location to Apple before the battery drains’

    This feature turns off as a default but it’s so easy to turn back on via Settings
    Open Settings
    Select iCloud > Find my
    Turn the option on for Send Last Location

    My final little tip which again I find really useful is

    ‘Open Desktop Site webpage instead of Mobile versions in Safari’

    I find this problem really frustrating when Safari doesn’t open the Desktop webpage, but here’s a simple solution to the problem which makes loading the desktop page a lot easier
    Open Safari
    Open a website as normal
    Once the mobile version loads, tap the address field, then swipe down
    Select the “Request Desktop Site” button that appears.

    I hope you find these tips useful but whilst I have tried to give accurate information in this blog as always please use your judgement before changing any setting on your device based on these suggestions. TTS UK can’t compensate you in any way if you happen to experience a loss/inconvenience or damage by following the information provided in this blog.

    You can find out more about our range of iOS courses via our website. Specialist iOS App Developer and iPhone and iPad App Development courses are available. Please call us on 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.

  • How an App can benefit your business?

    12 October 2014

    Customer behaviours and demands have changed in recent years. With the increasing use of Smart Phones and Tablet devices the age of the Business App has arrived. Modern Customer mobility trends require an access anytime anywhere ethos from companies they deal with.
    Over 81% of businesses today have created their own Apps for customers. This isn’t just to create a zillion downloads but to empower your customers improving attraction and retainment rates, increase your brand awareness and make the customer experience a more efficient process. All these factures combined together should have an ultimate positive impact on your balance sheet as well.

    One of the ways you can build the perfect App for your organisation is by upskilling your existing work force on an iOS App Development Course. That way as well as creating an App that is solely designed, created & administered in-house it also offers up skilling to colleagues which can have a positive effect on staff morale.

    Starting the process of learning to be a developer can be a daunting task. Many tutorials and courses always assume some form of prior knowledge about C, Objective C and Object Orientated Programming. Our iOS for Non Developers course is the best way to make a start from scratch at learning to develop Apps using Apple’s developer tools. No knowledge is assumed, and you will be guided through the basics needed to get started in developing for the most popular mobile platform – including iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of programming, and start learning basics including C, Objective C, and XCode. You will also be using the latest development techniques like storyboard, which are designed at simplifying the process of making apps and reducing the amount of code you need to write.

    For more experienced developers the iOS App Development – The Fundamentals course would be more suitable. In this course you learn to use the iOS SDK, Xcode, and Interface Builder to develop native iPhone and iPad applications. All our development courses are taught by developers who have developed real world applications. This course has also been updated for iOS 8 and Xcode 6.

    You can find out more about our range of App Development courses via our website. Please call us on 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.

  • Objective- C or Swift?

    16 October 2014

    Many of you are asking which one should I learn, Objective-C or Swift?

    Although Swift is a new release from Apple, Objective-C has been around for the last 20 years and many employers are expecting a reasonable knowledge in both from their employees.

    Both iOS programming systems can be run side by side and we can’t see the tried and tested Objective-C going out of favour in a hurry.

    A good knowledge in Objective-C will give you the solid building blocks to understand the architecture and framework of iOS apps and make learning Swift a lot easier. Every App out there today will have been developed by using Objective-C and without it it’s near impossible to learn the Cocoa Libraries which allows you to add animation and networking to your Apps.

    The sophisticated nature of Objective-C syntax is not a problem once you have grasped the Cocoa way making deciphering source codes a lot simpler. In essence we suggest getting a good knowledge of Objective-C first under your belt and then move on to learn Swift, enhancing your iOS programming knowledge further and hopefully giving you the edge when applying for you next iOS developer role.

    Whether you’re are brand new to programming, or have some experience with other languages such as Java and Visual Basic, then our Objective-C for Beginners course will get you up to speed fast with Objective-C. Our Swift Development 101 Yellow Belt course is ideal for anyone who wants to have a thorough walkthrough of the language in more detail than on the standard iOS course, and is perfectly suited to anyone who has studied iOS/OSX development, and wants to cross over from Objective C into Swift.

    You can find out more about our range of App Development courses via our website. Please call us on 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.


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