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Swift iOS Programming for Kids

By : Steffen D. Sommer, Jim Campagno
Book Image

Swift iOS Programming for Kids

By: Steffen D. Sommer, Jim Campagno

Overview of this book

This book starts at the beginning by introducing programming through easy to use examples with the Swift Playgrounds app. Kids are regularly encouraged to explore and play with new concepts to support knowledge acquisition and retention – these newly learned skills can then be used to express their own unique ideas. Children will be shown how to create their first iOS application and build their very own movie night application.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Swift iOS Programming for Kids
About the Authors
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback
Getting Set Up

How to create a list

Creating lists is very common in the real world, as well as in software applications. A list in a software application can be used for a variety of things, such as creating a to-do list, showing a list of the most recent news, or showing the items on the menu of your local pizza joint:

A list in an iOS application is most commonly implemented, and referred to, as a table view. A table view refers to the UITableView UI element, which is the view that gives us a list of horizontal items. Each item in the list is referred to as a cell due to its type being UITableViewCell. A cell comes with a set of predefined formats, but custom cells can also be created to fit the developer's needs. Further, a list can be divided into sections, for example, by the first letter of a contact's last name, as in the preinstalled Contacts app that ships with iOS:

Besides setting up the interface to include the UITableView, a set of methods needs to be implemented in the corresponding UIViewController...