Sweeten Your Skills with Cocoa Bootcamp at the Big Nerd Ranch, June 2-6, 2008

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Big Nerd Ranch announces Cocoa Bootcamp on Mac OS X 10.5 June 2-6, 2008. Aaron Hillegass, author of "Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X," teaches the all-inclusive five-day class at a retreat center outside Atlanta, GA.

Sweeten Your Skills with Cocoa Bootcamp at the Big Nerd Ranch, June 2-6, 2008

Big Nerd Ranch, Inc., premier provider of innovative and intensive training classes for programmers, system administrators, and web developers, announced its popular Cocoa Bootcamp for June 2-6, 2008. The class, a consistent sell-out, is taught by renowned Cocoa developer and instructor, Aaron Hillegass. Aaron's book, 'Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X,' has become widely recognized as one of the seminal reference books available for Cocoa developers. Students in Cocoa Bootcamp will receive the draft version of the third edition of 'Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X.' The book is not yet available to the public.

"Cocoa Bootcamp is sorta like playing with Legos," commented Aaron Hillegass, Big Nerd Ranch Cocoa Instructor. "You open up the box and shake out all the pieces. You start playing with the pieces, sizing up their shapes, and start fitting them together. It doesn't look like much when you start out, but then when you add the last block and step back, you've created a pirate ship, or in this case, a Cocoa application that really works."

The Cocoa training class covers a lot of ground and provides a thorough examination of the key elements necessary for any Cocoa developer worth his/her salt. The course uses Mac OS 10.5, Xcode 3 and Objective-C 2, with significant emphasis placed on CoreData.

The first Lego block is a crash course in Objective-C, a fundamental building block to understanding and effectively using Cocoa. Aaron then goes full throttle into the dynamics of Cocoa, including:

  • Using bindings to create full-featured applications and eliminating a lot of glue code
  • Leveraging CoreData features like unsupported datatypes, inheritance and validation
  • Integrating user defaults, notifications and alerts into your application
  • Using custom views and making them interact with mouse and keyboard events
  • Creating and manipulating 3-D views with OpenGL
  • Using Web Services

Students attending the class should be prepared to work hard, as the course covers a lot of material and is coding-intensive. Interested participants should sign up now, as the Cocoa classes continue to sell-out shortly after the course dates are announced.

Read more about Cocoa Bootcamp at http://bignerdranch.com/classes/cocoa.shtml or instructor Aaron Hillegass at http://bignerdranch.com/instructors/hillegass.shtml.

The Big Nerd Ranch incorporates intensive training classes for Unix and Mac OS X programmers and system administrators in a retreat setting outside Atlanta, GA. Class price of $3500 includes lodging, all meals, original instruction materials, 24-hour lab access, and ground 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.


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