Aaron Hillegass, Big Nerd Ranch

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Aaron is the Chief Learning Officer of Big Nerd Ranch and its founder.

  • What do you currently do?

I am the founder and Chief Learning Officer at Big Nerd Ranch. I write books and training materials for computer programmers. I mentor instructors. I do a little coding for the Mac and iOS.

  • How did you get started in Mac and/or iOS programming?

I used to work for NeXT Computer, and when we merged with Apple, the technologies I had worked with become the basis of Mac OS X and iOS.

  • What was the first app you created and what did it do?

My first iPhone app was called “Campwhere”. My father had a huge spreadsheet of information about public campgrounds in the US. I made it into an app to help people find campgrounds while traveling.

  • Where did you get the idea for the app?

From my father.

  • What went well? What could have gone better?

Development went well. Sales could have gone better.

  • What is your favorite among the apps you’ve developed?

I made a walkie-talkie app that was pretty sweet. I never shipped it.

  • What advice do you have for young people who want to make apps?

A lot of young people try to write amusing apps — those are the apps they buy.

If you want real success, find a real problem that adults have. Solve that problem.

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