A Beginner’s Guide to iOS Development

By The Programming Instructor at

Ivy Seed Academy

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Nov. 28.    12 mins read

“One of our students used Swift and Xcode to create a Snake Game, in which the player controls the movement of the snake around the screen, trying to eat as many apples as possible without overlapping or eating itself.”

IOS development is the building of apps using the mobile operating system created by Apple. It includes all aspects of an app, such as its visual design and user interface, as well as programming the app functionality and how it runs on the server or mobile device.

But what kind of programming languages we use to develop iOS system?

The answer is Swift.

iOS Project that have done by Ivy Seed student


One of Ivy Seed students used Swift and Xcode to create a Snake Game, in which the player controls the movement of the snake around the screen, trying to eat as many apples as possible without overlapping or eating itself. The student learned about objects and classes, which he then applied to the game by creating objects for each square or unit of the snake, as well as an object for the apple.

The student also learned about functions and variables, which are the fundamentals of programming and of Xcode. Variables enable the snake’s and apple’s position to

change, and functions are what actually make the changes and update the position of every single object the student created.

At the end of the program, the student had a complete Snake Game app that he was able to upload onto his own iPhone so that he can play the game that he created even after the summer camp ended.

What is the future of iOS Development?

The growth of Apps is crazy. More than one billion Apple products are actively being used in the world today, such as iPhones, iPods, iPads and so on.

All of these devices run on the iOS operating system, which uses applications to do nearly all tasks. Apps are everywhere, and it is important for youth to understand how the apps they use are built.

Students who learn iOS development and Swift are able to design and build their own apps. They can use their creativity and realize their ideas in an app that can be sold in the App Store. Moreover, with the increased use of mobile devices and the growth of technology, programming skills and Swift programming skills specifically are becoming more in demand, which means that students who learn to use Swift now will be well- prepared for a successful career in the future.

All the students at Ivy Seed have the opportunity to work on their own unique project that they design and build. Our programming classes and summer camps was designed for students of all levels, children who have never programmed before as well as those who may have more experience programming.

Check another blog that was written by Hayley – “A Beginner’s Guide to Python

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