We regularly advise those with app ideas not to pay to train a mobile app developer. We also regularly receive inquiries from budding app developers about training. If you’re considering a career in app development, here are a few tips to get you started.
Learn the industry.
- If you’re going to be a part of an industry, the first thing you have to do is to learn the industry. One of the best ways to learn about the mobile app space is to work in the industry. Having an experienced mentor guide you is invaluable.
- We also recommend reading some of the many blogs about the mobile app industry. Some of the more respected blogs are published by MacTech, Wired, Appolicious, and 148Apps. It’s also useful to visit sites that compile lists of app blogs.
- The goal here is for you to learn the lingo, to acquire a profound understanding of the industry, and an appreciation of what works, and what does not.
Learn the programming languages.
- If you’re starting from scratch, you’ll need to learn Objective-C for iPhone apps and Java for the Android and Blackberry platforms. One of our favorite training sites is the iOS development training course from Stanford available on iTunes. 25 videos. Best of all – they’re free. Check it out.
- If you’re more of a book person, the Dummies series include Objective-C for Dummies and Java for Dummies that can be had for as little as $15 at Amazon. There are many other courses and tutorials available online that teach both programming languages as well as app development, some of which are free. Apple’s own iOS Dev Store has a wealth of information that is useful, applicable, and completely free of charge.
- If you learn better in classroom settings, there are various app development seminars available around the country, although some of them are a bit pricey.
Network, network, network.
- Find a Meetup group in your area and go meet people. There are iOS Meetup groups and Android Meetup groups in most metropolitan areas. Although there are not as many, Blackberry Meetup groups also exist.
- We also recommend you get a LinkedIn account and then join as many relevant groups as you can, including groups like Google Android, iPhone Developers, App Store Marketing, and iPhone App Developers Worldwide.
- The benefits of networking, whether in-person or online, are legion; by participating in app development-related groups, you’ll be able to keep up with trends in the industry, browse job postings, and discuss questions and frustrations with more established developers. You might even meet a business partner or find an experienced developer willing to contract some coding to you.
Show us what you’re made of.
- Create an app and get it in one of the app stores. Once you’re able to show prospective clients what they can expect, you’re well on your way. You’ll also need a slick website with information about you and a portfolio of your work.
Still have questions about mobile app development? Drop me an e-mail or call me at 877-983-2777.