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.


How a rental car shortage in Europe could scupper summer holiday plans

After long months of lockdowns and curfews Europeans are looking forward to jetting off for a bit of sun and sand -- only to find that their long awaited holiday plans go awry due to a shortage of rental cars.

How a rental car shortage in Europe could scupper summer holiday plans
Tourists wait outside of rental car agencies in Corsica. Photo: PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA / AFP

In many areas popular with tourists cars are simply not available or subcompacts are going for a stiff €500 euros.

Car rental comparison websites show just how expensive renting a vehicle has become for tourists this summer.

According to Carigami, renting a car for a week this summer will set tourists back an average of 364 euros compared to 277 euros two years ago.

For Italy, the figure is 407 euros this summer compared to 250 euros in 2019. In Spain, the average cost has jumped to 263 euros from 185 euros.

According to another website, Liligo, daily rental costs have nearly doubled on the French island of Corsica. At the resort city of Palma on the Spanish island of Mallorca, rental prices have nearly tripled.

Today’s problem is a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Faced with near absence of clients, selling off vehicles to raise cash made a lot of sense for car rental firms struggling to survive.

“Everyone drastically reduced their fleet,” said the head of Europcar, Caroline Parot.

Until the spring, most companies still had fleets roughly a third smaller than in 2019, she said.

Car rental firms are used to regularly selling their vehicles and replacing them, so rebuilding their inventory should not have been a problem.

Except the pandemic sent demand for consumer electronics surging, creating a shortage of semiconductors, or chips, that are used not only in computers but increasingly in cars.

“A key contributor to the challenge right now is the global chip shortage, which has impacted new vehicle availability across the industry at a time when demand is already high,” said a spokesman for Enterprise.

It said it was working to acquire new vehicles but that in the mean time it is shifting cars around in order to better meet demand.

No cars, try a van

“We’ve begun to warn people: if you want to come to Italy, which is finally reopening, plan and reserve ahead,” said the head of the association of Italian car rental firms, Massimiliano Archiapatti.

He said they were working hard to meet the surge in demand at vacation spots.

“But we’ve got two big islands that are major international tourism destinations,” he said, which makes it difficult to move cars around,
especially as the trip to Sardinia takes half a day.

“The ferries are already full with people bringing their cars,” he added.

“Given the law of supply and demand, there is a risk it will impact on prices,” Archiapatti said.

The increase in demand is also being seen for rentals between individuals.

GetAround, a web platform that organises such rentals, said it has seen “a sharp increases in searches and rentals” in European markets.

Since May more than 90 percent of cars available on the platform have been rented on weekends, and many have already been booked for much of the summer.

GetAround has used the surge in demand to expand the number of cities it serves.

For some, their arrival can’t come fast enough.

Bruno Riondet, a 51-year-old aeronautics technician, rents cars to attend matches of his favourite British football club, Brighton.

“Before, to rent a car I was paying between 25 and 30 euros per day. Today, it’s more than 90 euros, that’s three times more expensive,” he said.

In the United States, where prices shot higher during the spring, tourists visiting Hawaii turned to renting vans.

In France, there are still cars, according to Jean-Philippe Doyen, who handles shared mobility at the National Council of Automobile Professionals.

“Clients have a tendency to reserve at the last minute, even more so in the still somewhat uncertain situation,” he said.

They will often wait until just a few days before their trip, which means car rental firms don’t have a complete overview of upcoming demand, he added.

He said business is recovering but that revenue has yet to reach pre-pandemic levels as travel is not yet completely unfettered.

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