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5 Best Online Swift Courses for Developers

With the launch of the Apple Watch and a new operating system, there’s a whole world of opportunity for iOS developers to integrate wearable technology with other mobile devices.Apple store and swift products

Behind all this potential lies Swift — the new programming language from Apple that could quickly replace Objective-C as the iOS coding language of choice.

Introduced in June, Swift is a programming language for Apple’s Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks that’s set to make a big shift in OS X and iOS design.

“Swift isn’t just a language. It’s a language that’s tightly woven with everything developers need to build their software,” explained Wired Magazine.

“This includes not only an integrated development environment, or IDE — an interface where coders can actually write their software — but also various other tools, such as a debugger that can help weed errors from their code.”

Swift works with Objective-C, which means developers have options. The TIOBE Index of programming languages — an interesting way to gauge developer mindset — already places Swift in the #18 slot. With iOS 8 set to roll out on Sept. 17, use of Swift is only expected to pick up.

How can you add Swift to your programming skills? Start by downloading the reference eBook directly from Apple, free on the iTunes store: The Swift Programming Language. Then, check out one of these five great courses:

Bloc: Learn Swift, Build Your First iOS Game [FREE]

Bloc is offering Swiftris, a step-by-step process that takes you through the basics of Swift in 11 segments while you build your own 2D puzzle game.

Udemy: Swift – Learn Apple’s New Programming Language by Examples [$99]

Udemy offers a self-guided course, taught by iOS developer Rick Walter, with 65+ videos divided into 11 sections.

Thinkful iOS Course: Intro to iOS Programming in Swift [$500 /mo]

Thinkful programs are delivered one-on-one with a mentor, and are designed to take three months to complete. This program aims to take you “from your first ever line of code to your first app in Apple’s App Store.”

The Mobile Makers Bootcamp: Online iOS Bootcamp [$4,200]

Online iOS Bootcamp is a full-time eight-week program. Led by instructors and working with peers, Bootcamp is an intense course that goes from coding to building an app. There are online and in-person class options.

Treehouse: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Swift [FREE]

Treehouse has a Swift course in the works; in the interim, this lengthy DIY blog post describes the basics: fundamentals, collection types, control flow, and functions.

Is there another Swift course or resource you’d recommend? Tell us about it in the comments below!


Have Windows Developer Skills? Join Our New Microsoft Developer Groups

In the freelance economy, your skills determine how often you are hired and how much you earn. You can demonstrate these skills to prospective clients by taking one of our many skill tests or, starting today, by joining our expanded Microsoft Developers Program that matches certified Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windows Azure and Microsoft web developers with businesses searching for expert talent.

Today marks the launch of four new Microsoft developer groups where businesses can browse and hire technical experts on demand. The new groups also feature a “Jobs” category that allows freelancers to submit proposals to new projects with a single click.

Earn 20 Connects by Joining the Google AdWords API Group

Calling all developers! There’s an increasing demand for expert programmers to build robust applications based on the Google AdWords API, which is why we’ve teamed up with Google to create the new Google AdWords API Skill Test and Group on Elance. By passing the Skill Test and joining the Group, you’ll be instantly recognized as an expert to clients posting jobs and seeking development talent.

To get started, we’ve put together a special offer: Pass the Google AdWords API Skill Test and join the Google AdWords API Group before Monday, October 10, 2011, and we’ll thank you with an extra 20 Connects to use during the month of October. Act fast, as this offer won’t last long!

If you need to brush up on your skills before taking the test, head on over to the Google AdWords API Developer Resources page for documentation and other resources that will help. Good luck!

Google AdWords API Developer Resources
Google AdWords API Skill Test
Google AdWords API Group


Skill Test Update: 14 New Tests Ready To Take You On

Now that we’ve got all the BBQ-grilling, firework-exploding, beach-volleyballing tendencies out of our systems this past weekend, we’re back and we’re hitting you with a gang of 14 new Skill Tests ready to take you on. And they are...

Central Desktop
Google Adsense
Google Website Optimizer
Negotiation Skills
Programming Aptitude
RSS 2.0
Spanish Sentence Structure
Yahoo Developer Skills – Data API’s
Yahoo Developer Skills – YAP
Zoho Creator
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If you haven’t heard of Google AdSense, try this on for size. AdSense is Google’s advertising platform that allows any old Joe-Shmoe-web publisher to display ads on his or her website in order to earn some bank for the traffic you bring to your site. Ads can comprise of text, images, and video, and these ads generate revenue on a per-click or pre-impression basis. And if you’re skeptical of the idea of earning income off of page views, get a load of this: Markus Frind, owner of dating site, reportedly earned somewhere between $5 to $10 million a year by turning 1.1 billion pages a month with 45 million visitors. Do you know how much $10 million a year is? That equates to over $27,000 a day.

Without Further Adieu, The Palm Mojo Development Skill Test

Beating sales expectations with 300,000 units sold to date, Palm’s strong Pre-release looks to have initially won the hearts of techies and web developers nationwide. But if you think the dust has settled, think again – we’re only in the quiet before the storm.

The pool of developers is expected to increase quickly with the upcoming public release of the highly-anticipated Software Development Kit, and the second it's out in the wild, we want you to prove to the world that when it comes to the Palm Pre and WebOS, you are the expert. We’re the only place around that's got the Palm Mojo Development Skill Test, so brush up on your HTML 5, JavaScript, and CSS, and show that you’re one of the first skilled experts that can handle their Mojo.

Itching to get your hands on the SDK? Palm has expanded access to the Mojo SDK — head on over to Palm's developer site and apply now.

Elance - Palm Mojo Development Skill Test
Elance - Battle Royale: iPhone, Pre, Android, BlackBerry, And Windows Mobile
Palm - Palm Developer Network

Fifteen Fresh Skill Tests In The House

Keeping our database fresh with the most current and up-to-date Skill Tests is one of the laws of the land here at Elance, and today, we’re introducing fifteen fresh tests for you to feast on. This episode’s cast includes:

New Skill Tests:
Adobe InDesign CS4
Apache Server (2.0 Family)
Google AdWords
Google Analytics
ooVoo Web API
ooVoo Client API
PBworks – Pages and Files
Report Writing
Sarbanes Oxley Act
Spanish Sentence Structure
U.S. English Punctuation
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AdWords is the bread and butter of Google’s healthy revenue stream — $16.4 billion in 2007, to be exact. It’s a pay-per-click (PPC) mechanism that offers site-targeted advertising for both text-based and banner-based advertisements. AdWords is one of the biggest components in a vigorous Search Engine Marketing campaign, so having an expert in this field is worth its weight in gold.

Adobe InDesign CS4 joins the roster, following Dreamweaver CS4, Photoshop CS4, and Illustrator CS4. In a nutshell, InDesign is to paper as Photoshop is to photos. You can use the software to manipulate typography, create flyers and brochures, lay out newspaper and magazine designs, and tons more. Features new to the CS4 version are spread rotation tools, smart guides, smart dimensions, smart spacing, tables in the story editor, new styles dialog box, live preflight mode, and more.

If the term “Apache Server” doesn’t ring a bell, then know this—Apache has pretty much made the Internet work since its creation back in April 1996. According to their website, Apache is and has been the most popular web server since its creation. Another neat fact: The name Apache originated from this quote: “The result after combining [the NCSA httpd patches] was a patchy server.” Get it?

Lots of good stuff to go around here in the world of Skill Tests. Remember, they're totally free, so, what do you say? Give us your best shot.

Nine New Skill Tests Now On Elance

We're continuously expanding our database of Skill Tests here at Elance, and the month of May is no different. We’ve just added nine new Skill Tests to our database (see all available Skill Tests here) covering many of our categories, and they’re just itching to be taken. Here’s what’s new:

New Tests
Adobe Illustrator CS4
Academic Writing (U.S. Version)
DotNet 3.5 using C#
Dreamweaver CS4
eBay Web Services
Event Planning
GAAP – Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
Market Research
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Following hot on the heels of Adobe Photoshop CS4 are two other members of Adobe’s Creative Suite posse. Illustrator CS4, the super-popular vector-based drawing application, adds a good number of new features, including a blob brush tool, transparency in gradients, elliptical gradients, multiple artboards, in-panel-appearance editing, multipage output, and more. Dreamweaver CS4 offers a good number of upgrades, including a live view mode, a new user interface, a “related files and code” navigator, and tons of other features to aid in your web programming.
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