App Development & Design Training: Learn It. Live It. Love It.

For most kids, their first word was mama or dada. For us, it was programming. We've been speaking it ever since—and sharing what we know. We practice what we preach, too, as successful developers and designers who build apps for clients all over the world, and as authors of a best-selling series of programming guides.

In our classes, you'll cover a lot of ground in a matter of days. You'll be pushed to new heights and take an active part in your own learning process. In other words, you'll get your money's worth.

While instructors elsewhere are preparing their students to be graduates, we'll be readying you to be our colleague. We'll subject you to the most intensive app development course you can imagine, and when you finish, you'll share a sense of pride and camaraderie with your fellow grads. Together, you'll be in an elite corps: the few, the proud, the nerds. After class, you'll even get access to the Nerd Association, our alumni network, for ongoing support from the Big Nerd Ranch community.

You'll also be amazed at how much you've learned—and how much more there is yet to master. Don't be surprised if you want to come back to the Ranch to expand your skill set.


The Big Nerd Way works best when taught at one of our Ranch locations. We've found that when you're physically separated from your day-to-day concerns, your worries soon vanish. In other words, please don't fret about whether you forgot to feed your goldfish.* And don't stress over basic human needs like food and sleep either, because we've taken care of those, too. Open your mind, Grasshopper, and enlightenment will follow.

Ready to get started? Check out our class offerings and schedule.

*It’s better to underfeed than overfeed a goldfish, by the way.

Corporate Training

There are certain situations that make travel difficult, and maybe you'd like to train your team at your office. Not to worry. We can make the magic happen anywhere, as long as you’ve got a classroom area, projector and screen, and a computer for each student. Just ask the employees at Facebook, Airbnb, NextDoor and Spotify who have graduated our hallowed halls.

We'll work with you in advance to tailor a program for your specific needs, teaching up to 22 of your co-workers. Learn more about bringing Big Nerd Ranch training to your company.

From Our Students

“From the moment you arrive for a course to the time you leave, every need is taken care of. The instructors were kind, patient and had great personalities, which is important since you’re spending so much time with them. It really seemed like every little detail was thought of."

- Raymond Camden

I survived Big Nerd Ranch training

“Why would someone spend thousands of dollars on an intense training class when they could simply purchase the book for a small portion of that price?

The answer to that question is simple. While anyone could purchase the book and work their way through the various exercises contained within, what's missing is the expert who can quickly answer those inevitable questions that bring progress to a screeching halt."

- Paul Thurott, Paul Thurrott's Supersite for Windows

Achieving Nerdvana with Big Nerd Ranch

”It says a lot about Big Nerd Ranch that its staff are prepared to eat their own dog food and go through the same training courses that the rest of us mortals attend. Though it has to be said that it's a bit daunting to see someone like Mark, who has literally written the book, sitting across the aisle from you.

But it's also reassuring. It's an indication of the quality of the week that you're getting into: a full-on, intensive learning experience that packs your brain to overflowing. The HTML5 course was my second class with Big Nerd Ranch, and probably won't be my last."

- Terry Kavanaugh

Expertise, Community and Fun: Why You Should Take a Big Nerd Ranch Class

“An awe-inspiring tornado of intense code enlightenment... By the end of the course, I had gone from a PHP-centric programmer puzzled by the semantics of Objective-C to having an original, working iPhone app prototype on my phone. A year later, I still use and build upon the skills I learned at the Ranch.

- Bradley Morgan, founder of Eight Bit Apps

Beginning iOS Bootcamp: My Experience at Big Nerd Ranch

Just who are these nerds?