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I'm thinking about taking an Objective C / iphone/ipad development training course.

Pragmatic Studio and Big Nerd Ranch appear to be the key players. I'd love to hear any feed back from anyone who has completed training with Pragmatic, Big Nerd or others. I'd interested in quality of instruction, how much you learned, strengths, weaknesses and any other valuable insights.

Its a pretty big financial commitment for me and I want to get the most bang for my buck.

Thanks in advance for your input.

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Great question. I voted that it be moved to programmers.stackexchange.com –  kubi Mar 5 '11 at 20:51
I would first read the Big Nerd Ranch book called "iPhone Programming". It's sitting here in my desk, I've found it pretty good. If you don't like the teaching style in that book, you probably won't like the course. –  W Dyson Mar 5 '11 at 20:56
Thanks for the feedback. I'm currently reading Programming in objective-C by Kochan, but perhaps the Big Nerd book will be next on my reading list. –  Mutuelinvestor Mar 5 '11 at 21:17
I haven't taken either course, but I know the instructors for both and can tell you they do a great job of teaching the fundamentals. I'm sure you won't be wasting your money either way, because I've never heard of someone regretting taking either course. Additionally, there are some free video sessions for courses online, like Stanford's iPhone Application Development: itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/… and my own Advanced iPhone Development: itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/… . –  Brad Larson Mar 7 '11 at 17:33
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I also voted to migrate the question to Programmers Stack Exchange, but I'm going to answer here so this answer will go with it.

I went to the Big Nerd Ranch Cocoa Bootcamp in Summer '08 with Aaron Hillegass and I can wholeheartedly say that it was one of the most useful and educational experiences of my career.

Learning from a book is one thing, but having an instructor as experienced and knowledgable as Aaron on hand to be able to answer questions when they inevitably come up was totally invaluable.

The classes follow a tutorial format, using the current edition of the Big Nerd Ranch book relevant to the course as the class material.

You'll be learning and programming for most of the day, beginning with breakfast, and having breaks for lunch and then ending with dinner. After dinner, you're pretty much free to do what you want and the instructor usually stays in the class room so that you can have one-on-one time with them. I found this part of the course to be extremely useful. It gives you time to review the day, try out what you've learned on your own without the pressure of having to move onto the next topic too quickly.

I have already recommended that a colleague of mine take the course and I would also recommend it to any one else who was interested.

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Jasarien, So you read the book first and then took the training and still felt it was money well spent. I understand what you you are saying about the benefit of being able to interact with the author of the book. I'm sure you got a lot of insights. –  Mutuelinvestor Mar 5 '11 at 21:19
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I have taken Pragmatic Studio's offering and found it to be about 70% useful. It really depends on how much you are already bringing to the table. The instructors are top notch, but the curriculum could use a revamp, as it doesnt cover as much of the SDK as it should for 4 days of training.

Shameless plug, but I have a 3-day hands on workshop coming up in March and May for considerably less. The course agenda can be viewed at www.backslashtraining.com.

Hope that helps!

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Thanks for the info. I'll checkout the website and training. –  Mutuelinvestor Mar 6 '11 at 18:31
Your URL is dead as of June 2013. Are you still in business? –  Joe Ballard Jun 2 '13 at 22:31
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