iOS Application Development (2021/22)
|Lectures||Mon, 12:30 - 14:00
|Tue, 10:30 - 12:00
|Online Zoom lectures|
|Final PT1||Sat, Feb 19th|
|Final PT2||Wed, Mar 16th|
In this course, you'll learn to develop mobile applications for Apple's iOS devices: iPhone and iPad. We'll also touch upon developing for the Apple Watch and Apple TV.
Apple designed its mobile iOS operating system and its SDK from scratch. The iOS SDK follows many modern software development patterns, making it an ideal subject to learn how to design such SDKs today. Smartphones and tablets are also very interesting devices from an HCI perspective. The user interface has to deal with multitouch interaction, which presents new challenges to the software architecture, e.g., in event handling. With their rich sets of sensors, iOS devices also allow for input far beyond mouse and keyboard. Finally, both the iPhone and the iPad have simply become "in"-devices since their introduction. Didn't you ever want to show your own app to your friends on your iPhone?
- At the end of the course, you will be able to implement full iOS apps
- You will know Swift: syntax, concepts, and how to use it correctly. Swift can be used to program iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS
- You will be able to design your apps to look and feel according to Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines
- Your implementation will follow the recommended design strategies: MVC / MVVM, delegation, target-action
- You will be able to use the most important frameworks in Cocoa Touch (UIKit, Foundation, SpriteKit, MapKit, AVFoundation, etc.) and can easily learn more!
- Your will know how to make your apps interactive: animations, multimedia, graphics, sensors, etc
Please note that you need a Mac compatible with macOS Big Sur or later and Xcode 12 or later in order to participate.
This course has limited seating. You need to register to obtain a seat in this course. See the registration guide below for more information.
Lecture 1: Logistics and Intro to Mobile Development
Tue, Oct 12th
Develop in Swift: Fundamentals
This part of the course gives a rapid introduction to app development in Swift. This includes units 1 to 3 of the iBook Develop in Swift: Fundamentals.
Lecture 2: Intro into Swift and Seminar
Mon, Oct 18th
Lecture 3: More Swift and Introduction to UIKit
Tue, Oct 19th
Lecture 4: Navigation and Workflows
Mon, Oct 25th
Lecture 5: Mastering AutoLayout
Tue, Oct 26th
Develop in Swift: Data Collections
This part of the course gives a rapid introduction to app development in Swift. This includes units 1 to 3 of the iBook Develop in Swift: Data Collections.
Lecture 6: Tables and Persistence
Mon, Nov 8th
Lecture 7: Tables and Persistence, Working with the Web
Tue, Nov 9th
Lecture 8: Advanced Data Display 1
Mon, Nov 15th
Lecture 9: Advanced Data Display 2
Tue, Nov 16th
Lecture 10: Encapsulating Views, Presentation Controllers
Mon, Nov 22nd
Lecture 11: Introduction to SwiftUI
Tue, Nov 23rd
Student Seminar Presentations
Mon, Nov 29th – Dec 20th
Tue, Dec 14th
Mon, Dec 20th; Tue, Dec 21st
Continue Project Development & Individual Meetings
Tue, Dec 21st – Tue, Jan 25th
Tue, Feb 1st
60min Written Exam PT1
Sat, Feb 19th
60min Written Exam PT2
Sat, Mar 16th
The Best Projects of 2021
Your grade will be calculated as follows:
The lecture consists out of three blocks:
- Lecture (~8 weeks): Here, we will introduce the fundamentals of iOS development (e.g., Swift fundamentals, mobile device development, event handling, ...). Both weekly timeslots are used for the lecture.
- Seminar (~3 weeks): Students will prepare and present information about tasks that can be solved with a specific iOS framework (e.g., CoreData, Rendering frameworks, MapKit, ...). Both weekly timeslots are used for student presentations & preparations
- Project (~5 weeks): During this part, students will develop a larger application using the knowledge gained in the course. Both weekly timeslots are used for feedback sessions with the individual groups.
Fields of Study
- Informatik (B.Sc.)/Wahlpflichtbereich Angewandte Informatik
- Informatik (M.Sc.)/Angewandte Informatik
- Technik-Kommunikation (M.A.)/2. Hauptfach (Technisches Fach)/Grundlagen der Informatik/isierung Informatik
- TK 2. Fach-Grundlagen der Informatik (M.Sc.)/Wahlpflicht Informatik/Angewandte Informatik
- Media Informatics (M.Sc.)/Multimedia Technologie
- Software Systems Engineering (M.Sc.)/Applied Computer Science
- Data Science (M.Sc.)/Computer Science and Mathematics/Computer Science
Course Allocation and Registration Guide
Number of SWS: V3+Ü2 (Aachen)
ECTS Credits: 6
Course language: English for all lectures, seminars, and exams.
We only have 42 84 seats available for this course. To have a chance for a seat in this course, you have to complete the following steps:
- Register for the course in RWTHOnline by Tuesday, 12.10.2021.
- Sign the Declaration of Compliance and send it to Philipp until Wednesday, 13.10.2021 1pm.
- Form a group of 3 6 students in Moodle until Friday, 15.10.2021 at the latest.
Lecture Zoom Recordings Declaration of Consent
The lecture might be recorded. We will only record the presenter and not the students. However, if you ask a question your voice will be in the recording. Therefore, have a look at the declaration of consent regarding lecture video recordings