Upscale your coding skills in the Caribbean this winter

Torn between upscaling your digital skills and spending the winter somewhere warm and sunny? We have some good news -- there’s a way you can do both.

Upscale your coding skills in the Caribbean this winter
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Opportunities for iOS app developers are on the rise, so you budding coders should start learning your way around the operating system. With Apple accounting for 33 percent of the mobile market, there’s never been a better time to add a new string to your digital bow.

The good news is you can pick up the skills you need to start developing iOS apps in just eight weeks at The App Academy’s “Coding on the Beach” bootcamp. It’s an advanced project-based course so you will need some digital experience and knowledge of a programming language like Java, Python, or PHP.

But don’t count yourself out if you don’t have any coding experience. There’s still time to take a beginner’s course and get up to speed by the time the bootcamp kicks off in February. So if you want to code by day and spend your spare time chilling with a beer on a Caribbean beach, this could be just what you’re looking for this winter.

Go with a friend to coding bootcamp and save an additional 20%

The intensive eight-week bootcamp takes place on Curacao, an idyllic Dutch Caribbean island. Known for its creamy-sanded beaches and colourful waterfront buildings built in the style of Amsterdam’s canal houses, you can skip the year’s coldest season on a small paradise anchored in the Caribbean sea.

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It’s also the chance for you to upscale your skills and get an edge on other developers and coders. You’ll go to daily lectures and workshops where you’ll learn more about mobile technology —  the fastest growing area in the software industry.

The curriculum has been designed by expert software developers and designers based on their years of professional experience in mobile app development, UX design, and product strategy.

You’ll learn to write Swift code — the programming language used for macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS — as well as other areas of app development, including rapid prototyping and augmented reality. From week five, you’ll work on your final project and attend workshops designed to help you master Server-side Swift, ARKit, Core ML, Core Animation, and SiriKit.

Save an additional 20% when you attend coding bootcamp with a friend

You’ll spend 50 hours per week on-site, so by the time you graduate you’ll be an autonomous iOS developer with over 400 hours of practical experience. All this hands-on training means you can instantly take that often elusive next step in your career as well as upgrading your hourly rate — the course practically pays for itself.

There are two bootcamp packages to choose from depending on how much of the experience you want to organise yourself. And if you book with a friend you'll save an additional 20 percent.

All you have to do is send an email to [email protected] and tell them you're a reader of The Local.

For €7,950 you can attend the course and arrange your own flights and accommodation, or for just €2,000 extra (and 100 percent less stress), you can choose the Exclusive Bootcamp package. This includes everything that comes as part of the standard package, as well as a room in the hotel resort, a breakfast buffet, and an invite to the weekly Friday cocktail and barbecue party.

The weekends are yours to spend how you like, and there’s no shortage of things to do! Relax on the beach, go scuba diving, visit the two nearby islands of Aruba and Bonaire, or just lay under a palm tree sipping a cold drink.

When you think of the comparative living costs (and incomparable lifestyle) of winter in chilly Europe, it’s a no-brainer to spend that time learning to code in the Caribbean instead. So what are you waiting for?

Fulfil your 2018 resolution and take the first step to becoming the next superstar iOS app developer! Email the App Academy team today at [email protected] and mention The Local “bring a friend” discount.

Attend App Academy bootcamp with a friend and save another 20%

This article was produced by The Local Client Studio and sponsored by The App Academy.


Could Oslo-Copenhagen overnight train be set for return?

A direct overnight rail service between the Norwegian and Danish capitals has not operated since 2001, but authorities in Oslo are considering its return.

Norway’s transport minister Knut Arild Hareide has asked the country’s railway authority Jernbanedirektoratet to investigate the options for opening a night rail connection between Oslo and Copenhagen.

An answer is expected by November 1st, after which the Norwegian government will decide whether to go forward with the proposal to directly link the two Nordic capitals by rail.

Jernbanedirektoratet is expected to assess a timeline for introducing the service along with costs, market and potential conflicts with other commercial services covering the route.

“I hope we’ll secure a deal. Cross-border trains are exciting, including taking a train to Malmö, Copenhagen and onwards to Europe,” Hareide told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

The minister said he envisaged either a state-funded project or a competition awarding a contract for the route’s operation to the best bidder.

A future Oslo-Copenhagen night train rests on the forthcoming Jernbanedirektoratet report and its chances of becoming a reality are therefore unclear. But the Norwegian rail authority earlier this year published a separate report on ways in which passenger train service options from Norway to Denmark via Sweden can be improved.

“We see an increasing interest in travelling out of Norway by train,” Jernbanedirektoratet project manager  Hanne Juul said in a statement when the report was published in January.

“A customer study confirmed this impression and we therefore wish to make it simpler to take the train to destinations abroad,” Juul added.

Participants in the study said that lower prices, fewer connections and better information were among the factors that would encourage them to choose the train for a journey abroad.

Norway’s rail authority also concluded that better international cooperation would optimise cross-border rail journeys, for example by making journey and departure times fit together more efficiently.

The Femahrn connection between Denmark and Germany, currently under construction, was cited as a factor which could also boost the potential for an overland rail connection from Norway to mainland Europe.

Night trains connected Oslo to Europe via Copenhagen with several departures daily as recently as the late 1990s, but the last such night train between the two cities ran in 2001 amid dwindling demand.

That trend has begun to reverse in recent years due in part to an increasing desire among travellers to select a greener option for their journey than flying.

Earlier this summer, a new overnight train from Stockholm to Berlin began operating. That service can be boarded by Danish passengers at Høje Taastrup near Copenhagen.

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