By Gagan Biyani (Co-Founder, Udemy)

Coding may seem daunting, like some wild black magic that only the select few super engineers that majored in Computer Science understand. It may seem hard to get started. Where do I go? Do I buy a book? But what if I have questions or get stuck?

Have no fear. Bess Ho is here.

Sign up to Learn to Build iPhone & iPad Apps in 4 Weeks with Bess Ho — This online course includes 60+ lectures, 17 videos, source codes and hands-on exercises for each section.

I had the pleasure of watching Bess Ho teach a class one day. She had 40 students at the 500 Startups headquarters in Mountain View, CA for a class titled “How to build an iPhone Application”. The class was only 6 hours long. I came in thinking “These guys and girls must be programmers, right? I mean they went to school and learned things like string theory and machine learning?

WRONG. Our students were everyday Joes and Janes. They had philosophy degrees and business backgrounds. Many of them were older, younger, fatter, thinner. They had nice clothes on and combed their hair in the morning. They came in with NO CODING EXPERIENCE. Many of them had never even seen a line of JavaScript. Bess had the class whip out their laptops and a short 6 hours (with 2 hours for lunch/break) later, Bess called out “OK, who wants to demo their application?”

The business executives, consultants, and marketers in the room went up one by one. They showed their iPhone applications on-screen. They worked! Read students’ reviews of Bess’s class here.

Check out Bess Ho’s class in this Udemy deal of the week to learn how for only $99 over 4 weeks (regular price is $250) — Learn at your own pace and convenience!

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Objective C
  • Xcode 4.0
  • Adding Icons & Launch Image
  • Creating Full Screen Landscape Apps
  • Creating Image Based Buttons
  • Creating Sound & Adding Multiple Audio Files
  • Image Based Animation
  • Animating Objects
  • And More

Also don’t worry about having questions…. As current students will attest, Bess Ho personally answers all questions in the comments or course discussion board.


P.S. The online version of the course is actually even more in-depth than her in-person workshop. You can also start and stop the videos as you write real code for a real iPhone application. She sends you downloadable sample code and much, much more!

About the Instructor:

Bess Ho is a hacker, publisher, and developer in Apple iPhone App Store, Nokia OVI Store, and other mobile platforms. She has been invited to guest lecture at Stanford University School of Engineering course “Engineering for Good – Save the World and Have Fun Doing It” and is a technical adviser to lead engineering students on mobile technology in global health projects in US, Haiti, Africa, etc.

She’s participated in a wide range of Hackathons and received “Honorable Mention” at iPad Dev Camp 2010. She’s also won the Healthcare category at iPhone Dev Camp 2009 and received another “Honorable Mention” at WIT Facebook Developer Garage Hackathon 2010. She was also a winner of Nokia Open Screen Project Fund in 2010.

Bess has spoken & demoed at various conferences and events in Silicon Valley, such as Web2.0 Expo SF, Where20 Conference, Plug and Play Mobile Play conference, Silicon Valley Code Camp, and local user groups.

She reviews iOS SDK books for Pearson, Apress, Wiley & O’Reilly. She is Technical Editor for “MySpace Developer Platform” Developer Book by Pearson. She is a Contributing Author for “Sams Teach Yourself Twitter API in 24 Hours”.

Bottom line, Bess knows what she’s talking about when it comes to development & the iOS platform 🙂