Atlanta, GA – October 25, 2006 – Beat the Winter Blues with Cocoa
Bootcamp, February 5-9, 2007

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

– 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 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