Big Nerd Books

Our books and classroom instruction go together like Hall and Oates. On their own, they're excellent, but together they're legendary. So yes, ideally the path to Nerdvana should include a stop at one of our bootcamps.

But maybe you've got a very good reason for missing out on our classes (say, the sun suddenly burns out, or your home is swallowed by a sinkhole). In that case, our books do a wonderful solo act.

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Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (2nd Edition)

BY AARON HILLEGASS AND MIKEY WARD

This is the book to start with if you want to write applications for iOS or the Mac. Based on training from Big Nerd Ranch's legendary bootcamps, this book covers C, Objective-C and common programming idioms that will help you make the most of Apple technologies. Co-written by Big Nerd Ranch founder Aaron Hillegass.

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iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (4th Edition)

BY CHRISTIAN KEUR, AARON HILLEGASS, AND JOE CONWAY

If it's the basics of iPhone and iPad application development you're looking for, you'll want this book. We cover the same material in our Beginning iOS bootcamp, with updates for iOS 7 and Xcode 5. Once you read this book, you'll go from novice to creator of your very first app.

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Advanced Mac OS X Programming (3rd Edition)

BY MARK DALRYMPLE

There have been enough books written on programming for Mac OS X to fill a library. But none of them are written by Mark Dalrymple, one of the industry's leading lights, nor built upon our Advanced Mac OS X bootcamp. (If you’d like a sample of Mark’s brilliance, check out his contributions to our blog.)

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Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X (4th Edition)

BY AARON HILLEGASS AND ADAM PREBLE

If you were on a deserted island and wanted to fill your time learning how to develop full-featured applications for OS X, this is the one book you'd want to have with you. *

A must for any Mac programmer (and students of our Beginning Cocoa, Cocoa I and Cocoa II bootcamps), it covers all the X's and O's of Mac OS X.

*Does not include instructions for building a getaway boat.

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Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide

BY BILL PHILLIPS AND BRIAN HARDY

These are the droids you're looking for. With our Android programming guide, based on our Android development bootcamp, you can go about your business. It leads you through the wilderness using hands-on example apps, combined with clear explanations of key concepts and APIs.

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