Bruce W. Perry

Newburyport, Massachusetts

Technical writer, author

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: $27.99

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

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How Much Exercise is Too Much?

December 13 2012

About two weeks ago the Wall Street Journal published an article that further rocked the world of endurance sports, that is, the one inhabited by millions of people who put in millions of miles running, cycling, rowing, swimming, and otherwise conveying themselves via high mileage across the landscape. The article… read more

The Gal's Guide To Pullups

December 08 2012

Even though there's a kazillion articles on how to do pullups, I impulsively decided to hurl another brief one into cyberspace after spying this New York Times blog "Why Women Can't Do Pullups." Two things ticked me off about that headline: one having to do with the "can't do"… read more

Ski N' Swim In The Same Week Outdoors

November 30 2012

It's pretty hard to find a region where you can reliably ski and swim in the same week. Or surf and turf, or "surf and surf" if you're a snowboarder. Southern California comes to mind. You could ski in the Sierra Nevada then end up in Malibu or the… read more

Winter's Tale: It's On To Alpine Replay

November 24 2012

The time of the year has arrived to snap on the skis and record my runs using the app Alpine Replay. The app is very similar to other sports tracking tools, using the GPS software on your phone to provide all kinds of data for compiling on the web.… read more

Randomly Recruited for Boston Med Study on D + Fish Oil – How I Responded

November 20 2012

I got an interesting letter in the mail recently, recruiting me for an over-50 medical study in Boston on the effects of vitamin D and fish-oil pills on cancer and other diseases. Here's how I responded (basically, no thanks!). I had a few comments on the viability of the study… read more

An Excerpt From A Recent FFG Interview

November 15 2012

I gave an interview related to the German edition of Fitness For Geeks. Here are a few excerpts (the randomly included photo is of early snows in Vermont!): (1) For "Fitness for Geeks" you've done quite a bit of research on nutrition, health, physical strength in general and body… read more

Kings and Queens Of The Mountains: Head To Head @ Strava

November 13 2012

Strava Cycling, a sports app, has an interesting geeky feature which their users butt heads over called king of the mountain (KOM) or queen (as in QOM for gal riders). It works like this. You head out on your bicycle and record or track the ride with Strava, which… read more

I Am Not A Seal: Breaking Through Your Own Sound Barrier

October 19 2012

I swam today in the ocean – 49 degrees Fahrenheit water, 55 degrees air (in the sun), equaling a personal no-wetsuit record of sorts. I went in twice and this time I actually took swim strokes for 15 to 20 seconds. I've been swimming a lot in temperatures of… read more

Looking At Strava And Its Fun Wattage Stats

October 12 2012

I've been looking at Strava Cycling and making a comparison with Endomondo, in terms of cycling/running and crunching all the stats afterwards. The apps are similar: your ride is automatically uploaded to your own web dashboard, where you have a nice map to look at. Endomondo's is better (but… read more

The Sun Is Good For You: Part II, Vitamin D and The Vitamin A Synergy Issue

September 28 2012

Part I of this series on the sun covered some of the surprising things that you might not yet know about sunlight, such as the fact that major diseases are more prevalent at higher latitudes, as the exposure to UV rays becomes less intense.1 This post covers some of the… read more

Why Even Bother Self Tracking Or Quantifying? 5 Good Reasons

September 28 2012

Are sports-tracking apps and data gathering really worth your time in the fitness realm? Or are they needless additions to the time you spend in front of screens? Tracking data over time is an important, albeit not absolutely essential, part of your fitness routine, for a number of different reasons.… read more

Listen Up: My Podcast On Sports Tracking Apps With Ben Greenfield of Ben Greenfield Fitness

September 25 2012

The podcast page contains descriptions of a number of newer tracking apps you might be interested in, including Strava, Runtastic, and Azumia. read more

Moderate on Those Carbs, and Try a Tabata Ocean Swim

September 13 2012

I made sure I got in an ocean swim yesterday before honkering down with my laptop. I tried something spontaneous and new; a Tabata ocean swim routine. Recall that Tabata sprints (see Chapter 7 of my book) involve going all-out for 20 seconds, taking ten second rests, for up… read more

The Sun Is Good For You, Imagine That: Part 1

September 11 2012

As the sun fades ever so slowly here in the northern latitudes where I live, I'm still trying to get a reasonably healthy dose of natural sunlight, as in swimming, reading, and hiking/running around in the morning sun (prior to 10-11am), and maintaining a light tan. No sun burns! This… read more
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