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Looking Back On Our First Mobile App

Posted on February 27, 2019 by Matthew PhilpotMatthew Philpot

Linux Academy from a… mobile point of view

We are constantly striving to not only bring our students better training content, but also to provide the best learning experience out there. That doesn’t stop with just the website though. As part of the Mobile Team within Linux Academy, it is my pleasure to ensure that our mobile apps are the best out there. I don’t want to stop there though. Secretly, it’s my goal to make Linux Academy the gold standard in mobile e-learning.

What better way to let our students know what’s on the up and up than a monthly blog post? But, before we delve into the future of the apps – Android and iOS – I thought we’d take a moment to take a look back on where the apps started, with two screens in particular. I’ll warn you in advance: it’s not pretty.

The Dashboard

and the Course Syllabus

These screenshots are from the Android app, but the story is pretty much the same for iOS. The “before” screenshots remind me of something out of the 80’s or 90’s. While not ideal for a first release, it was definitely a start. After a tremendous amount of feedback from our students though, the iOS developer and myself were brought on. After fixing a couple of bugs to make the app stable, we started on a complete re-write of the mobile app from the ground up. No code from the first release remained. It’s hard to believe that we’ve come so far in two years, and it leaves me very excited for where we’re going to be in another two years.

Looking forward to Mobile

January was an exciting month for the Mobile Team. For a while now, the other development teams have been working hard on The Great Re-Write, our project for improving the Linux Academy platform. The Great Re-Write comes with new tools that we can utilize, bringing all your favorite learning features straight to your mobile app. With that in mind, we’ve been busy transitioning the mobile app from these ‘legacy’ components to the latest-and-greatest. While this transition may be invisible to you, it will allow us to add more app features for you on a regular schedule.

Looking into the near future, we’re working on a new “Training” center that will make it even easier than before to find our latest content. There’s more coming in the pipeline, so be on the lookout for my next updates! Make sure you download the Android app or iOS app, if you haven’t already!

Something I like to remind every student that I’ve had the pleasure meeting and talking with is that none of this – the platform, training content, and mobile app – would be possible without you. Student feedback is crucial to our team because it tells us what features are most wanted in the tools you use in your thirst for knowledge. Make sure to let us know what you want most on the mobile apps, and we’ll do our best to get it to you!


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