This Swift 3 Course, taught by Nick Walter, (latest as of 11/2016) is a super-easy introduction to the Swift language. It has virtually nothing about X-Code, the software you’ll need to know inside and out in order to program any Swift apps, but it is a great intro to the Swift Language, and I highly recommend this course if you can get it for $100 or less. I was offered some ridiculous price – $8.20. I grabbed it at that price. You should wait until you get a decent price too if you have time. However, this is probably the very first course you should take to begin learning Swift coding, so, keep that in mind and get the course when you’re ready to GO!
Nick’s presentation style is easy going and slow. I mean REALLY SLOW. You’ll understand this course and won’t have any real trouble with it. That’s why it’s a great Swift Course to take FIRST.
Who Is This Swift Course NOT For?
If you already have programming experience, this course is going to drag on for what seems like eternity.
Who Is This Swift Course FOR?
If you are scared of programming – at all – take this course. If you have absolutely no background at all in programming – take this course. If you want to see how a kid makes a million dollars with a very simple Udemy Course – take this course!
Learn to Code Swift 3 Course Reviewed
94 short 2-10 minute lessons. 4 Hours of video instruction.
COST OF COURSE
The price of Nick’s Learn Swift 3 class at Udemy varies greatly. I think I saw it for around $200 one time. Udemy gives these massive discounts once you sign up for an account, and then browse around a LOT, but don’t buy anything. When you do this, they just want to do whatever they can to convert you into a paying customer / student. They gave me this entire course for $8. Crazy, right? I thought so too, but I just went back to Udemy after some time away and looked at more Swift Courses. I found Rob Percival’s Swift Course where he teaches how to make 21 apps, and Udemy gave it to me for 95% off. I just bought it for $12. This value you receive from this course will be emotional more than anything. If you want an easy and encouraging entry into the world of programming – DO THIS. If you have some experience at all, you’ll be wasting your money unless you just want to see someone’s smiley face encouraging you on.
DOES THE COST MATCH THE LEVEL OF INSTRUCTION?
For $8, I can’t complain. In hindsight, I think it might be worth around $30-50. If you can get it for that, and you’re an absolute beginner – sure, go ahead and get it. It certainly isn’t worth $200, probably not $100. But, again, if you want an easy course -there is none I’ve found easier and less intimidating than this one!
These videos are shown at Udemy, and they are clear on my Retina screen. Here’s a screenshot. Clear enough?
EXPLANATION OF BASIC CONCEPTS?
Nick’s explanations of basic code and X-code concepts is very clear. He goes super slowly, and the videos are short, so you’re learning in very small chunks. Keep in mind that Chris’s free course covers more than Nick’s paid course. Just presented in different ways, and really, both should be experienced.
Something about Nick’s course that didn’t sit well is that there is so much he skipped completely. I mean, once you finish the course don’t for a second think you know all about Swift. You know a very small fraction of the total. Nick chose to teach just some of the essentials and maybe he only went over things that have changed in Swift 3. I don’t remember him saying explicitly.
EXPLANATION OF MODERATELY DIFFICULT CONCEPTS
Very well. With a free course, you’re not able to interact with the instructor much except by comments, and he isn’t answering comments at the moment I think because he’s focused on cranking out his free and paid-for content. Usually he is VERY good at answering comments even in the free section. I’m looking forward to his paid course in a week or so.
EXPLANATION OF DIFFICULT CONCEPTS?
If there was something in the course that was difficult – I missed it. It’s all quite basic.
The pace is slow and agonizingly slow at some points. Still, that’s what it is supposed to be – so, sit back and get yourself a beer and enjoy it.
INSTRUCTOR SPEAKS SLOWLY AND CLEARLY?
Nick has a great voice, great presentation, and knows the topic. He is easy to understand, speaks slowly, loudly, and clearly.
INSTRUCTOR UNDERSTANDS SWIFT CODE AND X-CODE?
Yes, Nick appears to know Swift really quite well. He has made a number of video courses at Udemy about Swift and has been doing them for years.
None. Just not difficult for most people who are interested in the topic I think.
EASE OF USING COURSE MATERIALS – AVAILABILITY?
If you haven’t used Udemy before, it’s easy to get started with it. It’s a fully integrated online course in their own proprietary system. Easy to use. Easy to go back and find your place when you stop one section for a bit and want to go back to it. The video loads quickly. Everything just works – it’s a nice learning platform for Swift learning! As far as I know there is no way to download the videos so you can have them on your mobile device, you have to watch them online at the Udemy site.
FINAL WORD ON NICK’S LEARN SWIFT 3 COURSE
This course is the easiest introduction to the Swift coding language. There is nothing about X-Code in this course. There is a massive amount of material that isn’t covered. It’s a feel-good course that will prepare you for diving into further learning the Swift language and X-Code software. Highly recommended.