Steve Kochan Teaches Objective-C Mini-Bootcamp at the Big Nerd Ranch, June 25-26, 2005

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Steve Kochan will teach a 2-day intensive class on Objective-C. Classes are all-inclusive, and students may combine this class with Cocoa Bootcamp for a multi-class discount.

Steve Kochan Teaches Objective-C Mini-Bootcamp June 25-26, 2005

Big Nerd Ranch announces an exciting opportunity for future Cocoa developers - June 25-26, 2005. Steve Kochan, one of the foremost Objective-C experts, will be teaching a mini-bootcamp on Objective-C programming in conjunction with the June Cocoa Bootcamp. The mini-bootcamp can be taken on its own for $1000.00 or can be packaged with the Cocoa Bootcamp for a package price of $4300.00. The two-day bootcamp will provide intensive training in the essential areas of Objective-C programming and provides the perfect opportunity for developers who want to receive training in this field. Unlike other courses in Objective-C, no prior background in C or object-oriented programming is required, and students attending the class will emerge fully prepared to begin developing in one of the key languages in the industry.

"Having someone of Steve Kochan's caliber teaching a bootcamp for the Big Nerd Ranch is just an incredible bonus for us," said Big Nerd Ranch founder, Aaron Hillegass. "When we can attract people who are celebrities in their field to teach our bootcamps, we know that our hard work and commitment to excellence has paid off. Students who treat themselves to the chance to work with Steve will be glad they did." The course is multi-layered and covers a great deal of information in a short period of time, so students should come prepared to work and more importantly, to learn.

Highlights of the course include:

  • Understanding Class, Objects, and Methods and a brief introduction to OOP programming
  • Writing a first program in Objective-C
  • Understanding data types and expressions
  • Using basic controls for looping, decision-making, etc.
  • Polymorphism, Dynamic Typing and Dynamic Binding
  • Introductions to basic Foundation classes and Memory Management

The instructor for the class, Steve Kochan, is the author and co-author of several bestselling books on the C language, including: "Programming in C," "Programming in ANSI C," and "Topics in C Programming." He also has written a number of titles for UNIX including: "Exploring the UNIX System" and "UNIX Shell Programming." His recently published introductory book, "Programming in Objective-C," will be used as the course textbook and his most recent work, "Beginning Apple Script," has just been released by Wiley publishing in their Wrox programmer-to-programmer series. In addition to writing, Mr. Kochan also spent several years teaching UNIX and C classes at AT & T Bell Laboratories. In 1985, he started his own company, Pipeline Associates, which he sold in 1997.

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The Big Nerd Ranch incorporates intensive training classes for Unix and Mac OS X programmers in a retreat setting outside Atlanta, GA. Class price of $3500 includes lodging, all meals, original instruction materials, 24-hour lab access, and transportation to and from the Atlanta airport. Students are encouraged to bring independent projects to class, allowing for input from classmates and individual instructor attention. For more information, call 678-595-6773 or visit

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