Learn to Create iOS and OS X Apps at Free Developer Workshops

Feb. 17 sessions led by Apple representative who worked with Steve Jobs

Adobe Photoshop PDFOXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi is offering free workshops for students and faculty to learn about the latest tools for creating applications for iOS and OS X. Each workshop, one for faculty and one for students, will be led by a consulting engineer with Apple’s Education Team.

The workshops will address how apps are produced and distributed through Apple’s Developer Program using its software tools, testing and support resources, distribution and usability analytics. They are led by an Apple veteran who was a colleague of company founder Steve Jobs.

The workshops are set for Wednesday (Feb. 17) in the Ole Miss Student Union. There is no registration and seating is first-come, first-served. The student workshop will be from 10 to 10:50 a.m. in the Union Ballroom, and the faculty workshop will follow at 11 a.m. in Room 412. The sessions are co-sponsored by the Office of Information Technology  and the Department of Computer and Information Science.

“These Apple workshops should be an excellent kick-start for students and instructors to jump into app development and a special event for UM,” said Errol Sayre, a software developer IV in the UM Office of Information Technology.

Students are encouraged to come learn what’s new for developers on the latest Mac and iPhone operating systems and find out how Xcode is used to create, test and perfect apps. To do this, the presenter will deconstruct some popular applications, showing their critical components while demonstrating how users can get started with app development.

The faculty and staff workshop is intended for any staff members and administrators interested in talking about how other organizations around the world have introduced iOS programming through the University Developer Program. The program is designed by Apple to help higher education institutions include iOS 9 development in their curricula.

Apple’s technologist will demonstrate the latest version of Xcode, Apple’s software used to build apps for Apple’s four platforms: iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS.

For more information, faculty can contact the Faculty Technology Development Center at ftdc@olemiss.edu or 662-915-7918. Others may contact the IT Helpdesk at helpdesk@olemiss.edu or 662-915-5222.