Bruce W. Perry

Bruce W. Perry

Technical writer, creative writer, author

  • @fitnessforgeeks

Warren, Vermont

Areas of Expertise:

  • Fitness
  • nutrition
  • research
  • Java
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • programming
  • training
  • writing
Bruce W. Perry has developed Java software and written both software and fitness books. He played college soccer in New York, then amidst a varied career in journalism and software engineering finished many road races and multisport events. He's since moved on to family life and recreational alpine hiking, skiing, and resistance training. After an unguided youth, the author hangs out weightlifting in gyms again, and climbs with guides now, recently Piz Palu and the Monk in the Swiss Alps, Mt. Whitney's Mountaineer's Route, and Mt. Rainier.

Fitness for Geeks Fitness for Geeks
by Bruce W. Perry
April 2012
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $29.99

Google Web Toolkit for Ajax Google Web Toolkit for Ajax
by Bruce W. Perry
January 2007
Ebook: $9.99

Ajax Hacks Ajax Hacks
by Bruce W. Perry
March 2006
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

Java Servlet & JSP Cookbook Java Servlet & JSP Cookbook
by Bruce W. Perry
January 2004
Print: $49.99
Ebook: $39.99

AppleScript in a Nutshell AppleScript in a Nutshell
by Bruce W. Perry
June 2001
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $27.99

Bruce W. blogs at:

I Give Up on Google: Free is Too Expensive

May 06 2015

I am really tired of things Google has done lately. The most recent example being retiring Classic Maps. That’s a problem, because the current Maps mysteriously doesn’t show most of my saved (“starred”) places. Google has known about this since at least 2013. There are posts all over their forums… read more

Security Dashboards – Where to Start

May 06 2015

I just got off a call with a client and they asked me what they should put on their security dashboards. It’s a nice continuation of the discussion of the SOC Overhead Dashboard. Here are some thoughts. The list stems from a slide that I use during the Visual Analytics… read more

The Security Big Data Lake – Paper Published

May 06 2015

As announced in the previous blog post, I have been writing a paper about the security big data lake. A topic that starts coming up with more and more organizations lately. Unfortunately, there is a lot uncertainty around the term so I decided to put some structure to the discussion.… read more

Big Data Lake – Leveraging Big Data Technologies To Build a Common Data Repository For Security

May 06 2015

Information security has been dealing with terabytes of data for over a decade; almost two. Companies of all sizes are realizing the benefit of having more data available to not only conduct forensic investigations, but also pro-actively find anomalies and stop adversaries before they cause any harm. UPDATE: Download the… read more

Dashboards in the Security Opartions Center (SOC)

May 06 2015

I am sure you have seen those huge screens in a security or network operations center (SOC or NOC). They are usually quite impressive and sometimes even quite beautiful. I have made a habit of looking a little closer at those screens and asking the analysts sitting in front of… read more

AfterGlow 1.6.5 – Edge Labels

May 06 2015

A new version of AfterGlow is ready. Version 1.6.5 has a couple of improvements: 1. If you have an input file which only has two columns, AfterGlow now automatically switches to a two-node mode. You don’t have to use the (-t) switch explicitly anymore in this case! (I know, it’s… read more

A New and Updated Field Dictionary for Logging Standards

May 06 2015

If you have been interested and been following event interchange formats or logging standards, you know of CEF and CEE. Problem is that we lost funding for CEE, which doesn’t mean that CEE is dead! In fact, I updated the field dictionary to accommodate some more use-cases and data sources.… read more

Using Impala and Parquet to Analyze Network Traffic – VAST 2013 Challenge

May 06 2015

As I outlined in my previous blog post on How to clean up network traffic logs, I have been working with the VAST 2013 traffic logs. Today I am going to show you can load the traffic logs into Impala (with a parquet table) for very quick querying. First off,… read more

Cleaning Up Network Traffic Logs – VAST 2013 Challenge

May 06 2015

I have spent some significant time with the VAST 2013 Challenge. I have been part of the program committee for a couple of years now and have seen many challenge submissions. Both good and bad. What I noticed with most submissions is that they a) didn’t really understand network data,… read more

Cyber Security Monitoring Still Full of Challenges

May 06 2015

I was greatly honored when I got an invitation from the Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD) to give a talk about data mining and cyber security. Knowing me, you might be able to guess the topic I chose to present: Visual Analytics. I am focussing on not… read more

Rockstars Use a Good Text Editor – I Use VIM

May 06 2015

Those of you who know me most likely know that I am quite the VIM fan. At any time, there is at least one VIM window open on my computer. I just like the speed of editing and the flexibility it offers. I even use VI bindings in my UNIX… read more

Signals from Strata + Hadoop World 2015 in London

May 06 2015

People from across the data world are coming together this week for Strata + Hadoop World 2015 in London. Below we’ve assembled notable keynotes, interviews, and insights from the event. Shazam already knows the next big hit “With relative accuracy, … read more

"It's packed with facts and common sense in a lively, readable format geeks will find readily accessible - and far superior to the many health guides that assume an active life and prior familiarity with fitness concepts."
--James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review: California Bookwatch, The Computer Shelf, July 2012, Volume 7, Number 7

"A great read for people who are looking to get healthier in life as it relates to exercise, eating better, and getting enough rest. If you are looking for reasons and ways to get healthier, take a look at this read, whether you are a geek or not."
--Danny M., Book Bargains and Previews

"The information is important, and the author makes it interesting, if not, fascinating."
--Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing

"Everyone is, or should be, concerned with their health. This book provides a large amount of useful information that could well be of assistance in ensuring that one goes the right way in getting and keeping oneself healthy."
--Adrian Morant, GadgetSpeak

"If you're a little out of shape (and, let's face it, most of us are) then I'm sure you'll find this book useful."
--Dave Cross,

"A serious message wrapped in an easy to approach read. "
--Brian Palmer,

"Even if you find just a few things that end up working for your family, I think the time spent reading this book will be well worth your effort."
--Dana Hinders, LoveToKnow Crafts

"Many a professional fitness manual aimed directly at the cyclist is written in a language and style that the author feels will impart a suitable degree of gravitas to the proceedings. Perish the thought that we might consider the contents to be optional. Bruce perry is of the polo shirt, jeans and trainers school of thought, offering a thoroughly relaxed and conversational tone even when discussing particularly complex subjects. "
--Robert Millar,

"If you’re the type that loves to read manuals, you’ll dig this book! It is packed with information from how to use equipment to what vitamins to take. There’s a lot of research in this book and favorite fitness apps from Perry. "
--Teri Knight, 15 with the Author

"If you’re a serious athlete or want to know as much as you can about fitness and health, take a look at Fitness for Geeks. "
--Elisa Pacelli, MyMac

"Definitely a book to pick up, especially if you really don't like reading books about how you are doing everything wrong. This is more of a book to take you from your chair to the world outside and how to go back to your roots. An exceptional read."
--Manda Tippit, inRandom

"As I finished reading this book, I was amazed at how much I learned about human physiology. At the same time, I was also amazed at how much I didn't know about the inner workings of the human body. Knowledge is power, and for this reason I recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their health (Geek or not)."
--Dad's Dish Retro Blog,

"Overall, this book is an outstanding resource. It’s well written and clearly well researched, and the author knows what he’s talking about. The information on nutrition and nutrients is especially good, and much easier to understand than many similar books. The web sites, apps, links and other resources are excellent for their purpose and there are plenty of opportunities to find other resources on your own."
--Marte Brengle, 7 Tutorials

"The book is a scientific analysis of many common health principals, but it’s written in a way that even non-geeks will enjoy."

"A refreshingly non-squishy take on fitness for the rest of us, appealingly neutral and unusually results-based."
--Jessica Bryce Young, Orlando Weekly

"Fitness For Geeks: Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health by Bruce Perry is a good reference for explaining optimal strategies for fitness, supplements, the eating regimen, and much more. The author extols the virtues of eating whole unprocessed food, exercise, using tracking metrics, sleep, de-stressing, and other lifestyle tactics like saunas."
--Dr. Joseph S Maresca, Blogcritics Books

"The book differs from other fitness books in that you’re not going to find one specific diet to follow or one particular workout routine to perform. Instead, Perry uses the book to educate geeks by talking to us on our terms and understanding that we often want as much detail as possible so that we can make our own decisions rather than have one provided to us."
--James Floyd Kelly,

"Fitness for Geeks tells us that our mental and physical operating systems evolved over millions of years to be hunters and gathers. Very recently we have adopted TV and computers, and have become a nation of chair sitters. Fitness for Geeks gives us the information we need to decide what to do about it."
--Hartley J. Jackson,

"Just in case you got bored while reading about the need for Vitamin D, Perry interjects spotlight conversations with professionals, pro-tips, and focused, mini discussions on topics like the positive effects of fasting, the details of the Paleo diet, and sample professional exercise routines that are easily adaptable. "
--Lynn Root, PyLadies

"It's amazing what's being done to marry mobile technology and fitness in order to give you a much richer information experience."
--Thomas "Duffbert" Duff,