About Big Nerd Ranch

When the Big Nerd Ranch started out, we did one thing and we did it well: we taught programming languages. Now, over a decade later, we’ve expanded to include consulting, software products and an ever-growing library of Big Nerd Ranch books.

The key to the Ranch getting bigger - and better - every day? We started out teaching, but we never stopped learning. Our teachers became experts. Who became consultants. And they learned even more. All that knowledge influenced our software products division. And our software products division? Everything they learn comes back to influence our classes and our consulting. So every horse in our proverbial stable helps make the others that much stronger.

Notice a theme here? Learning. It’s at the core of everything we do now and everything we’ll do in the future.

It all started way back in 1979. Aaron Hillegass, age ten, started programming. Fast-forward through high school, college and becoming a developer and trainer at NeXT to February 28, 2001 when Aaron and his business partner, Emily, started Big Nerd Ranch. Over the years, we've hosted thousands of students at the Ranch, helped some of the biggest companies in the world (such as Samsung, Nokia, Google, AOL, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Adobe) realize their programming goals, and continued our committment to education by releasing new books in the Big Nerd Ranch Guide Series every year. And that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.