“Swiftly” changing to iOS 8

By Mauricio Poveda February 17, 2015

"Swiftly" changing to iOS 8


The tech landscape changes at lightning speed. Developers who have built competencies in desktop, web, mobile will need to learn wearable technologies very soon. With the introduction of iOS 8, programmers now have unprecedented access to all aspects of a person’s life – the home (through HomeKit), human bodies (HealthKit), biometrics (Touch ID), and much more. These innovations open up the opportunity for entrepreneurs to create innovative, first to market products in these areas. However, to create a software product, you of course need to learn how to program.

With an organization like BrainStation, we are empowered to provide education at the pace that matches the pace of technology. For example, at a traditional certificate college in Canada, any curriculum requires the approval of the government & can be based on rubrics that are several years old. BrainStation isn’t constrained by these limitations, and can provide real-time education.

An example of real-time education can be seen in our mobile development class. I originally built the curriculum based on iOS 7 and Objective-C. After Apple’s WWDC conference a week ago, it became abundantly clear that Apple wanted to open up the developer community with the introduction of Swift, a language that has the simplicity of JavaScript and the elegance of Java (with generics and other features). The Swift platform has the potential of attracting existing Android developers and web developers.

I have the flexibility of changing the curriculum to include Swift within two weeks, which wouldn’t be possible at other schools. The real winners in this equation are the students – as the market evolves, they get the latest and best information to improve their career prospects and their lives.