Beat the Dog Days of Summer with Tiger: Cocoa Bootcamp Just Announced for June 19-23, 2006

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Big Nerd Ranch just announced that they're adding a Cocoa Bootcamp to their summer line-up June 19-23, 2006. Providing the most comprehensive Cocoa curriculum available, the class is design for both novice and experienced developers.

Beat the Dog Days of Summer with Tiger: Cocoa Bootcamp Just Announced for June 19-23, 2006.

Big Nerd Ranch, Inc., the acclaimed provider of intensive classes for developers and system administrators, announced today the return of Cocoa Bootcamp on Tiger 10.4 for June 19-23, 2006. This class was added to accommodate the long waiting list for the May 2006 Cocoa Bootcamp, and students are encouraged to sign up as quickly as possible. This will be the Big Nerd Ranch's last North American Cocoa Bootcamp prior to WWDC 2006.

Cocoa Bootcamp, taught by Cocoa guru Aaron Hillegass, is the Big Nerd Ranch's hallmark class and is consistently one of the most in-demand courses in its curriculum. The course is designed for a spectrum of Cocoa experience; from the novice to those who have been developing in Cocoa for years, and provides particular emphasis on advanced CoreData features like unsupported datatypes, inheritance, and validation.

Aaron Hillegass's natural pedagogical technique, which incorporates a fluid combination of lecture plus hands-on practicum, navigates students through the fundamentals of Cocoa programming. Once the basics have been mastered, instruction builds upon those topics to seamlessly guide students to Cocoa's more advanced features. Within minutes of the start of class, students are writing their first program. Initiates to the joys of Cocoa should anticipate emerging from Cocoa Bootcamp fully equipped to translate their newly acquired knowledge into immediate usage. For more experienced Cocoa programmers, Cocoa Bootcamp offers a thorough study and new insight into features and capabilities that may have previously gone untapped.

In a recent review by Mac Dev Blogger Paul Heal on the blog site, Cocoa Travels (, the author commented that during his week at Cocoa Bootcamp, the face-to-face instruction elevated his understanding far above what he'd been able to accomplish by simply reading textbooks on his own. Nothing compares, he said, to having the ability to "raise your hand and have someone say, 'Did you make sure to connect you button to the action' or 'You forgot the * in your object reference.'"

Key class topics include:

  • An intensive two-hour overview of Objective-C
  • Controllers and Bindings
  • Core Data
  • Interface Builder
  • Nib Files and NSWindowController
  • Mouse events and Images
  • Sheets, formatters, and printing
  • OpenGL

For the complete syllabus, please visit

The Big Nerd Ranch incorporates intensive training classes for Unix and Mac OS X programmers in a retreat setting outside Atlanta, GA and in Europe. 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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