Big Nerd Ranch Announces NEW OOA&D Bootcamp with John Graziano, August 15-19, 2005

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August 15-19, 2005 - John Graziano, former technical lead on Apple's Xcode Development Environment, brings his Object-Oriented Analysis & Design (OOA&D) Bootcamp to the Big Nerd Ranch. The intensive 5-day class is designed for developers with an understanding of basic OO concepts who want to improve their development of medium- to large-scale software systems. Class price includes class materials, lodging, all meals, and ground transportation to and from the Atlanta, GA airport (ATL).

Big Nerd Ranch Announces NEW OOA&D Bootcamp with John Graziano August 15-19, 2005: The Only Thing Abbreviated About this Class is its Name.

In its continuing dedication to providing Mac and Open-Source developers with exceptional training classes, the Big Nerd Ranch announces Object-Oriented Analysis & Design Bootcamp, taught by former Xcode technical lead John Graziano. The intensive, all-inclusive, 5-day bootcamp focuses on developing software that closely models the domain. Graziano's techniques, honed since the class's inception in 1992 at NeXT, have helped a multitude of development teams deliver working, successful software from the ground up. For developers with an understanding of the basic object-oriented concepts, OOA&D Bootcamp provides the bridge to improved development of medium- to large-scale software systems.

Graziano's training pedigree stretches both broad and deep. He developed his OOA&D training techniques working with NeXT clients in the early 1990s. Since then, he's applied these techniques to his work as the technical lead on Apple's Xcode Development Environment, architect on WebObjectsBuilder, and as a principal architect of the next-generation animation software at Pixar, where his OOA&D methods are still in use. Graziano teaches "abstraction-oriented development," a technique which treats objects and APIs as a communication medium and works to make them as clear and efficient as possible. With a practical, results-oriented approach, students are producing working analysis documents by the second day of class.

For prerequisites and a complete course outline, please visit

In describing the need for OOA&D Bootcamp, Graziano said, "Many people will tell you how to create a design. In this class, you'll learn how to create a good design. The class is fully buzzword-compliant: patterns, use-cases, aspects, and refactoring are all covered. But unlike most courses, which only define these concepts, we explore how they map to real-world problems."

Said Aaron Hillegass, Cocoa Instructor and founder of the Big Nerd Ranch, "Because of our own development experience, we expect John's class to be wildly popular. Through our Cocoa development for Big Nerd Ranch consulting clients, we've used John's methodology with great success. We've found a natural progression from becoming a great programmer to a need for great analysis and design. John's timely arrival on the Big Nerd Ranch schedule of classes will give many of our alumni exactly what they're seeking."

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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