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
Photo: kjorgen/Depositphotos

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.

Photo: zmtanya/Depositphotos

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.


Explore Austria: Mauer, a charming wine-hiking spot on Vienna’s outskirts

Catch the very tail-end of the wine season and autumn foliage in one of the lesser-explored corners of the Austrian capital: Mauer.

Explore Austria: Mauer, a charming wine-hiking spot on Vienna’s outskirts
Beautiful views and cosy taverns await you on the edge of Vienna. Photo: Catherine Edwards

Wine-hiking is an autumn must-do in Austria, and although the official Wine Hiking Day (Weinwandertag) that usually draws crowds has been cancelled two years in a row during the pandemic, it’s possible to follow the routes through beautiful scenery and wine taverns on your own.

Mauer in the southwest of Vienna is one of the routes that is mostly frequented by locals.

The footpath takes you through scenic vineyards. Photo: Catherine Edwards

You can reach this part of the 23rd district using Vienna’s public transport, and you have a few options. From the Hietzing station on the U4 line, you can take the tramline 60 or bus 56A. The former will take you either to Mauer’s central square or you can get off earlier at Franz-Asenbauer-Gasse to start the hike. If it’s too early in the day for wine just yet, you could start your day at the small and charming Designo cafe (Geßlgasse 6).

Otherwise, the residential area itself doesn’t have much to see, but keep an eye out as you wander between the taverns later — there are some beautiful buildings.

To start the hike, head west along Franz-Asenbauer Gasse, which will take you up into the vineyards, growing some red wine and Vienna’s specialty Gemischter Satz or ‘field blend’, which as the name suggests is a mixture of different types of grapes.

Photo: Catherine Edwards

The paved road takes a left turn, but the hiking route follows a smaller path further upwards. Here you’ll have magnificent views over the whole of Vienna.

If you stick to the official hiking route (see a map from Weinwandern here) you can keep the whole route under 5 kilometres. But more adventurous types don’t need to feel limited.

You can also follow the Stadtwanderweg 6 route (see a map here) either in full, which will add on a hefty 13 kilometres, or just in part, and venture further into the Mauerwald. If you do this, one spot to aim for is the Schießstätte, a former hunting lodge offering hearty Austrian meals.


In any case, you should definitely take a small detour to see the Wotrubakirche, an example of brutalist architecture from the mid-1970s built on a site that was used as a barracks during the Second World War.

Not far from the church is the Pappelteich, a small pond that is not only an important habitat for local flora and fauna, but a popular picnic spot for hikers. Its only water supply is from the rain, and due to climate change the pond has almost dried out in recent years, prompting the city to take action to boost its water supply by adding a permanent pipe.

The church is made up of over 150 concrete blocks. Photo: Catherine Edwards

What you really come to Mauer for, though, are the Heuriger or Viennese wine taverns. 

The most well-known is Edlmoser (Maurer Lange Gasse 123) which has previously been named as the best in Vienna. Note that it’s not open all year so check the website, but in 2021 it should be open between November 5th and 21st, and is also serving the goose that is a popular feature on Viennese menus this time of year.

Tip for translating Heuriger opening times: look for the word ausg’steckt, which is used by those taverns which aren’t open year round. They will also often show that they’re open by attaching a bunch of green twigs to the sign or front door.

Buschenschank Grausenburger. Photo: Catherine Edwards

Also worth visiting are cosy Buschenschank Grausenburger (Maurer Lange Gasse 101a), Heuriger Wiltschko (Wittgensteinstrasse 143 — located near the start of the hiking route, this is a good place to begin your tour) and Heuriger Fuchs-Steinklammer (Jesuitensteig 28).