Fall in Love with Objective-C Mini-Bootcamp, February 11-12, 2006

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If you are not a programmer, but would like to write applications for Mac OS X, this is the way to start. Stay for two days, and go home an Objective-C programmer. Stay for five more days, and go home ready to write full-featured Cocoa applications.

Fall in Love with Objective-C Mini-Bootcamp, February 11-12, 2006

If you are not a programmer, but would like to write applications for Mac OS X, this is the way to start. Stay for two days, and go home an Objective-C programmer. Stay for five more days, and go home ready to write full-featured Cocoa applications.

Whether the student takes the mini-bootcamp individually or pairs it with the Cocoa Bootcamp, the Objective-C Mini-Bootcamp is the ideal primer for students wishing to quickly learn and master this outstanding programming tool. The key principles and concepts of programming in Objective-C are taught by programming guru, Steve Kochan, and are condensed into an intensive two-day format.

Students attending the class will emerge fully equipped to begin writing code in Objective-C and demonstrate mastery in the following areas:

understanding classes, objects and methods

understanding data types and expressions

defining classes and writing instance and class methods

using inheritance

polymorphism and the joys of dynamic typing

working with the preprocessor

utilizing underlying C features and the basic Foundation classes

retaining and releasing objects to prevent memory leaks

This course is expressly designed for the newcomer to C and Object-Oriented programming and does not require previous experience in either area. The course is perfect for novice programmers or programmers adept in other coding languages seeking to expand their skills in a new area. For those wishing to take on the challenge of Cocoa programming, and particularly those wanting to enroll in the Cocoa Bootcamp offered by the Big Nerd Ranch, attending this mini-bootcamp provides the necessary foundation to move on to more advanced OOP training and eliminates potential learning curve issues.

"When we first tried this combination, we weren't sure what the response would be," mused Aaron Hillegass, Big Nerd Ranch founder. "What we found was that we had more inquiries than we could accommodate. Many people came just for the weekend mini-bootcamp, but even more stayed for the Cocoa Bootcamp that followed. Students that combined the two classes were much better equipped going into the Cocoa Bootcamp and for those who only took the mini-class, they walked away with an incredible learning experience that they could immediately put into practice the following Monday."

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.

The Objective C Mini-Bootcamp can be taken on its own for $1000 or can be taken in conjunction with the Cocoa Bootcamp that runs February 13-17 for a combined discounted cost of $4300. Students interested in the course should make their reservations early as it is likely to sell out.

For more information on this class please visit http://www.bignerdranch.com/classes/objc.shtml.

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 http://www.bignerdranch.com.

CONTACT:

Emily Herman

Big Nerd Ranch, Inc.

(678) 595-6773

http://www.bignerdranch.com

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