July 24, 2008
The Unofficial Apple Weblog is reporting that Stanford University will be offering what appears to be a course in '"iPhone Application Programming." The class is set to begin in the Fall and meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:50-2:05pm. Presumably teaching the course is instructor "Marcos," though no such name appears under the faculty section of Stanford's computer science department. Tuaw.com also makes a great consideration, wondering what implications the active Non-Disclosure Agreement developers enter into when working on Apple's SDK might have on the class. Apple's NDA, for instance, disallows people from discussing specifics regarding the iPhone's platform, making a class revolving around that exact premise, well, intriguing to say the least. The regressive (and oppressive?) NDA made last month's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) an interesting event for app-makers who weren't legally privy to discuss their coding hardships, victories, or journeys. Such restrictions have caused a minor uproar in the iPhone dev community, sparking the creation of f'inNDA.com (NSFW). We'll have to stay tuned to the Bay area to see what Apple and Stanford have in mind for higher education.