Beat the Winter Blues with Cocoa Bootcamp, February 5-9, 2007

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Cocoa Bootcamp is the fastest way to learn how to develop applications for Mac OS X using Xcode, Interface Builder, and the Cocoa frameworks. This acclaimed course includes coverage of the Objective-C language, common design patterns used by Cocoa programmers, bindings, and Core Data. It is taught by Aaron Hillegass, author of "Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X."

Big Nerd Ranch. Inc. has released the first 2007 date for its cornerstone class, Cocoa Bootcamp, scheduled for February 5-9, 2007. The five-day, intensive class, held in a luxury retreat outside Atlanta, GA, is the industry's premier course for aspiring Cocoa developers, providing excellence in instruction in a distraction-free setting by one of the most sought after instructors in the field, Aaron Hillegass.

Aaron Hillegass has honed his skills as a software engineer, developer, trainer and author over the past eighteen years. His work with Apple Computer, Inc. and NeXT Software Inc. as senior trainer and curriculum developer imbued him with the skills needed to launch the Big Nerd Ranch, Inc. and to develop his consulting work for industries as diverse as Cogent Design, Nortel Networks and United Parcel Service. He has translated his knowledge into what has become the standard-bearer for Cocoa developers, "Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X," which also serves as the course textbook.

"I feel like I am one of those fortunate people who has found what he loves and gets to do it every day," mused Aaron Hillegass, Big Nerd Ranch founder and course instructor. "Teaching the Cocoa Bootcamp is one of my joys. Not only does Cocoa continue to grow and develop as a dynamic and exciting language that elevates the possibilities of development, having the opportunity to share my passion in a setting with other devotees is such a gift. Seeing students delve head-first into a new language and seeing their eyes open not only to what Cocoa can do, but to what they can achieve, all within a naturally beautiful and distraction-free setting, is what makes learning at the Big Nerd Ranch so remarkable."

The five-day course follows Aaron's book as a template for learning, putting emphasis on key subject areas designed to ensure students emerging from the class are poised to launch their careers into Cocoa development. From the onset of class, students immediately begin their first rudimentary Cocoa application. Using that initial success as a touchstone upon which further lessons are built, the course moves swiftly and deeply through the more treacherous waters of Cocoa programming for Mac OS X, including:

-Use Controller and Bindings to eliminate a lot of glue code

-Utilize CoreData with bindings to create full-featured applications

-Discover what "File's Owner" really means with Nib files and -NSWindowController

-Prepare an application for the global marketplace with localization and internationalization

-Implement pasteboards and nil-targeted actions and drag and drop features

-Add printing and pagination capabilities to an application

-Insert text handling via NSTextView

-Create and manipulate 3D views with OpenGL and Cocoa

For the complete class 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. 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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