My employer has decided that (at least) two of our developer needs to acquire some iOS developing skills and another two might look into the Andriod platfom, and I've been granted to take a beginner's course in iOS programming. Background: I've worked mainly in PHP the last couple of years, but have had some (very basic) C/C++ experience, 9-10 years ago. I've heard good things about the Big Nerd Ranch, and their Beginning iOS (iPhone/iPad), which seems like a perfect course, with a thorough Objective-C primer before heading into iOS developing. The only thing complicating matters is that that course is scheduled in the beginning of May, and the company would prefer that I found a course in June. So I browsed around a bit and the most similar course I can find is About Objects and a course bundle called iPhone and iPad Development Bundle, which is being held in June (both in Cupertino and Reston, VA). So, does anybody have any experience with About Objects' courses? Are they on par with Big Nerd Ranch? Are there any other alternatives?