For me, nothing is more frustrating than coming up with a great app idea (so I tell myself) and knowing I have zero idea on how to create the app myself. I'm not a developer, and quite frankly I don't know a single piece of knowledge about creating iOS apps. What starts out as an idea on a napkin, usually stays on the napkin. Talking to others with the same mindset, it appears that I'm not the only one that runs into this problem.
Having faced the same issue, Rick Walter of Utah is utilizing his knowledge to help educate others using an easier manner. Rick began his work as a developer a few years back, and going through the pain of understanding the language and learning how to develop an app from scratch, he understands the struggle that non-developers face. To help make the process easier and more comprehensible, Rick has taken the teaching route to help the rest of us become able to create our own apps. With eight apps in the App Store, including the app Later, which cumulatively totals to well over 330,00 downloads, it's a no-brainer that he has the expertise to get us there.
With a campaign name of How to Make a Freaking iPhone App, Rick will be utilizing crowdfunding as a tool to introduce online classes that focus on app development. However, his lessons aren't the normal educational structure that app developers are used to. His classes are easy to follow and understand, helping the rest of us learn how to build a functioning app from scratch, as well as how to post it onto the App Store.
Knowing that majority of people learn by doing, Rick's classes are composed of step-by-step tutorials on how to build an app that:
The classes will be posted onto the website Udemy, in which backers will have access to all of the lectures, at any time. And in case you're worried about confusing terminology or processes that are way too complex, just know that Rick knows where you're coming from. As he puts it, "When I was first learning iOS development, I was often confused by wordy blog posts and tutorials. I will never talk over your head."
I had the opportunity to speak with Rick about his background and why he decided to create this project. He mentioned that after he created a class for Swift, the new Apple platform for building apps, that it drew a lot of interest. How much interest? Let's just say over 6,500 signed up for his tutorials. With the experience of connecting with non-developers and helping them achieve their goals, Rick is entering a market that hasn't been tapped into by many.
Potentially, Rick has the opportunity to reach many new-comers, such as myself, with his courses. I'm excited for the courses to be released in September, as I look forward to building my own apps and turning napkin ideas into, ahem, billions and gazzilions of dollars.
Overall, educating others on how to develop apps POPs.
Rick Walter's Campaign Page