Claudia Engel has produced binaries for JAGS for MacIntel, PPC, and Windows. Her repository can be found here.
The R Project for Statistical Computing. R is a statistical programming language with fantastic graphics. We both use R practically every day of our lives. You will find this class easier if you do too (at least for the quarter). Best of all, it's free!
A nice page on maximum likelihood estimation in R by Charlie Geyer at The University of Minnesota.Last Modified: 04.04.07