About Big Nerd Ranch

The Big Nerd Ranch we all love traces its origins back to 1979, when ties were wide and shoes were tall. While the rest of the world was dancing under a disco ball, 10-year-old Aaron Hillegass was delving into computer programming. In the next few decades, his journey would lead him to become a trainer and developer at NEXT.

But his biggest vision was still around the corner. On February 28, 2001, Aaron and his business partner Emily Herman started Big Nerd Ranch.

When Big Nerd Ranch began, we taught programming languages, and we did it very well. But despite what you may have heard in grammar school, teachers don't know everything. So we never stopped learning. Our instructors became consultants and authors (with enough books to fill the Big Nerd library and the Amazon best-sellers list).

What we learn goes right back to the classroom and consulting. So one Ranch hand washes the other, in a manner of speaking. And learning is still at the core of everything we do. After all, in an industry where everything changes quickly*, it’s crucial to stay ahead of the curve.

Over the years, our footprint has expanded on a worldwide scale. We've helped companies like Facebook, AT&T, Honeywell, Spotify, Airbnb, Whirlpool and NASA achieve their programming goals (we'd list more, but that would be rubbing it in). Every year, we publish new books in the Big Nerd Ranch Guide series that educate and elevate the industry.

Anyone else might get a big head with all that success. Fortunately, as Nerds, all that fills our heads is our marvelous brains. And now all that brainpower has been harnessed for your benefit.

*As anyone with a Commodore 64 will attest.

The Ranch Report

Get the latest Big Nerd Ranch news, straight to your inbox.

Ranch Report Archives