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Developing iPad Applications for Visualization and Insight

by Carnegie Mellon University

This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.

Course Description

This course will focus on the design and implementation of iPad applications that help users visualize and make sense of large data sets. Course content will bridge theory and practice, giving students a basic background in visualization and the cognitive processes involved in transforming visual representations into mental representations, insight and discovery; and showing how to implement these techniques in real applications for the iPad. Industry iOS developers will teach the software engineering topics, focusing on the latest technologies available in the newly released iOS 5. Prior programming experience is required, and object-oriented programming experience is recommended.

Customer Reviews

Nicely DONE!

Great introduction!

Instructors should do their homework before coming to class

Much of the material was not adequately prepared, verified, or tested prior to presentation in class. Coding demos seemed ad hoc and were full of errors. During a demo of SDK documentation, the instructor found the docs had not been installed and he apparently couldn't remember his Apple Developer ID to view online. Worse, many key details were wrong or poorly explained and much of the material was based on older versions of iOS, Xcode, and the SDK. As others have already noted, there is an excessive amount of sipping, drinking, throat clearing, and sniffling throughout.

Good course "Model", but course "View" could be improved

The lecturers clearly know their subject. I appreciated the chance to reinforce some concepts and to pick up several useful new ones, especially re: data visualization.

I believe, however, that the presentation could/should be enhanced. I'd recommend studying Paul Hegarty's (Stanford) very informative and very smooth delivery: Above all, he seems much better prepared. (Maybe that's owed to repetition.)

Also, I had trouble hearing most of the questions from the class. Like the Stanford course, it would be very useful for the instructor, after hearing the question, to repeat a distilled version of it for the iTunes U auditors.

(Maybe it's a small thing, but, for me, re-hydrating every 5 to 10 minutes during a presentation became distracting enough that it started to detract from the course content.)

I'd bet that the prez will be improved the next time the course is recorded. I'd check it out again

Developing iPad Applications for Visualization and Insight
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