March to Success with Cocoa Bootcamp, March 12-16, 2007

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Big Nerd Ranch announces its well-known Cocoa Bootcamp training, March 12-16, 2007. 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., the premier provider of intensive training for open source programmers and system administrators, announced today a second winter offering of its popular Cocoa Bootcamp for March 12-16, 2007. The February class sold out quickly to developers anxious to add Cocoa programming to their repertoire, spurring the addition of a new class to the schedule to accommodate the demand.

Big Nerd Ranch founder Aaron Hillegass credits part of this explosive demand for Cocoa training to Apple's recent announcements at MacWorld of a dramatic increase in market share. "As Apple's market share continues to increase, the demand for Cocoa programming skills is growing," Aaron said in response to the announcement. "To accommodate this demand, we are adding another opportunity for programmers to get into our Cocoa Bootcamp."

The five-day, intensive class provides the most comprehensive training available for Cocoa developers. The class covers a spectrum of topics, from lessons building on Cocoa fundamentals to more advanced topics that create a well-rounded Cocoa programmer. While no previous experience in Cocoa is required, the class assumes that the student is familiar with some type of object-oriented programming like Java, C++ or Objective-C. The class is taught on Mac OS X 10.4 and Xcode 2.4 with extensive attention given to Core Data.

Students emerging from the class will be able to:

  • Write complex applications for Mac OS X
  • Demonstrate fluency in Objective-C
  • Demonstrate aptitude in Interface Builder and Xcode
  • Find and understand the online dictionary
  • Demonstrate experience with the most common classes in the frameworks
  • Understand the design patterns used in Cocoa
  • Recognize several common idioms in the Cocoa community

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 companies as diverse as Cogent Design, Nortel Networks and United Parcel Service. He has translated his knowledge into the book that has become the standard-bearer for Cocoa developers, "Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X," which also serves as the course textbook.

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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

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