Big Nerd Ranch Announces Perl Bootcamp with Andy Lester October 3-7, 2005

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Perl Bootcamp, taught by well-known speaker and writer Andy Lester, is an intensive 5-day class designed for programmers looking to expand their repertoire into this exciting and multi-functional language. The class goes from zero to database-backed web applications in less than a week. This class is perfect for C++ and Java programmers wanting to find more efficient ways of handling programming challenges and desiring more flexibility with their code.

Big Nerd Ranch is excited to introduce the newest offering in its line-up of Bootcamps, Perl Bootcamp, with Andy Lester as instructor. Mr. Lester is a well-known speaker and writer whose expertise in Perl programming is a perfect match with Big Nerd Ranch's commitment to excellence in instruction. He has an extensive background in a number of programming languages and is a regular contributor to "The Perl Journal" and "Perl Review." He has brought his expertise into creating a class specifically designed to throw open the doors of Perl programming to those curious about what it has to offer and to those who want to work smarter, not harder.

Mr. Lester quipped, "The people I see benefiting from Perl Bootcamp are programmers shackled in shops where Java and C++ are just 'The Way Things Are Done.' These programmers want to find a better, easier way to work on problems, without the intellectual overhead of the straightjackets that Java/C++ enforces."

The class goes from zero to database-backed web applications in less than a week. Topics include:

  • Data types
  • Flow control
  • Regular expressions
  • Encapsulating code
  • Creating your own modules
  • CPAN
  • Interacting with databases
  • eading and writing XML documents

Aaron Hillegass, founder of the Big Nerd Ranch, gave an enthusiastic endorsement of the newest addition to the Big Nerd Ranch Bootcamps. "Perl provides a sophisticated backbone to the framework of our courses. All of our bootcamps provide key skills to programmers who are looking to expand their knowledge base, but Perl can provide the key to tie them together, helping our students develop sophisticated applications and bring their projects to greater levels than they previously dreamed possible. Having Andy Lester as an instructor is the lagniappe. His insight, experience and charisma fit perfectly with the vision we have for the Big Nerd Ranch's quest for excellence."

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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


Emily Herman

Big Nerd Ranch, Inc.

(678) 595-6773

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