developers chase markets for apps

Walter Pacheco, Orlando Sentinel writes about Central Florida’s high-tech companies who face a fast-paced 2012.  As innovations in mobile technology roll out, competition becomes fiercer among the top players.

The complete article can be viewed at:,0,3422791.story

Dr. Lisa Macon is a professor of Computer Programming and Information Technology at the West Campus, where she also serves as the program chair for Information Technology.

“We’ve been receiving a lot of calls for internships or short-term job placement agencies looking for students who can develop apps,” said Lisa Macon, professor of Information Technology at Valencia College, who teaches a class on app development.

Macon said there are a few local app developers and they charge hefty prices for their services. Teaching students about app development not only serves local companies looking for a less costly alternative, but it also encourages entrepreneurial growth.

By Walter Pacheco, Orlando Sentinel
January 8 2012, 9:21 PM EST


3 Responses

  1. Whats the name of the class, I’ve been trying to look at the valencia website. Couldnt found it

    • In Fall 2011, we offered a Special Topics course in computer programming called “Mobile App Development – Android and iPhone” COP 2800 Java Programming was the prerequisite. It was a 4 credit class. Dr. Colin Archibald taught 7 weeks of Android app development, and I taught 7 weeks of iOS app development. It was very heavy programming, even for our best and brightest programming students.

      Currently, programming using Java (Android) or Objective C (iOS) is the only way to guarantee access to the full range of features these devices offer. There are some software programs coming out that make coding a little easier, but limit the level of features you can include in your apps. Since we teach programming, we wanted to go for the full-blown version.

      Right now, we are working on putting together outlines for two 3 credit courses – one for Android, one for iOS. The Android course will absolutely have Java as a prereq. The iOS course will probably have any object oriented language (Java, C++ or C#) as a prereq. Due to the length of our curriculum process, these courses will hit the catalog no sooner than Fall 2012. Expect to see them as special topics courses in the meantime.

      Please note that Java and the other object oriented classes all have a prerequisite of COP 1000, Introduction to Programming Concepts. So if you are very serious about wanting to develop apps, you’d need two courses before you can take the apps course – COP 1000 and COP 2800. It’s probably not too late to get into COP 1000 for the spring term and there are online sections.

      If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or contact me on Facebook.

      • Thank you Dr. Macon. Ensuring students are armed with the correct tools (programing knowledge via prerequisite classes) will help students succeed in the Mobile App Development for Android and iPhone.

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