Learning to build apps is like anything else — it takes practice [Deals]

Learn to build iOS 9 apps with 20 hands-on examples.
Learn to build iOS 9 apps with 20 hands-on examples.
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These days, coding for mobile is one of the most valuable professional skills you can acquire. If you want in on the action but didn’t spend your teen years coding a the console, you’ll need help getting your hands dirty with the nitty gritty of mobile development. That’s exactly what this course provides, offering the chance to build 20 hands-on iOS 9 apps, an invaluable learning experience that’s just $19.

Keep the cyber in Cyber Monday with deals on iOS, Microsoft and Adobe training [Deals]

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Instead of buying a new TV or juicer this Cyber Monday, invest in your own tech savviness. From training in iOS and Xcode to Microsoft Office and Adobe’s array of creative products, you’ll emerge from the holidays ready to take on new challenges and better gigs. And most digital deals like these get another 25% taken off if you enter the coupon code ‘CYBERMONDAY25’ at checkout.

Pay what you want for a complete education in iOS 9 development [Deals]

Pay what you want for almost 100 hours of instruction in iOS 9 development and plenty more.
Pay what you want for almost 100 hours of instruction in iOS 9 development and plenty more.
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iOS 9 is here and the development frenzy has begun. It’s not too late to get in on the action though, and right now may be the best time to start with this bundle of top notch lessons that can be your for whatever you want to pay. The almost 100 hours of instruction covers iOS 9, Swift, Xcode, WatchOS 2, tvOS, and more, and all proceeds go to Project HOPE, delivering medicine, supplies, experts and medical training in response to disasters and wellness needs around the world.

Apple takes steps to avoid a repeat of XcodeGhost debacle

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Double-check that you're using the right version of Xcode to build apps.
Apple will provide Chinese users with a local official version of Xcode to download.
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Apple is taking steps to avoid a repeat of this week’s serious XcodeGhost incident — in which hundreds of App Store apps were discovered to include malware in the form of a counterfeit version of Xcode, the platform used by developers to build their apps.

How to tell if you’re using a counterfeit version of Xcode

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Double-check that you're using the right version of Xcode to build apps.
Double-check that you're using the right version of Xcode to build apps.
Photo: Johan Larrson/Flickr

Developers who have downloaded Xcode from an non-Apple source now have a way to tell if the version their using is an official Apple version, or if it might be infected by XcodeGhost, which wreaked havoc on the App Store on Sunday.

Apple has outlined how to verify if you’re using a counterfeit version of Xcode in a new support document. Developers should always download Xcode directly from the Mac App Store or Developer Website, but if you haven’t, follow these steps to make sure your copy is legit: