Book: Learn Front-End Web Development with Big Nerd Ranch

Big Nerd Ranch Publishes Front-End Web Programming Guide to Support Bootcamp      

ATLANTA, Aug. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — For programmers interested in creating rich web experiences across platforms, app development and training leader Big Nerd Ranch has released Front-End Web Development: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide. The book encourages developers to think critically as they learn the JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3 skills necessary to build modern websites and web applications.

Big Nerd Ranch experts Chris Aquino and Todd Gandee authored the book to deliver a comprehensive guide for front-end development. “There are a lot of great books about individual front-end technologies, but what was missing was one that showed you the right mix of languages, libraries and techniques in the context of a front-end project. This is the book we wish we could have read when we started programming,” Aquino states.

The book, written for programmers with a background in other platforms and those who have previous web experience, quickly brings developers up to speed on current tools and best practices.  Upon completion, readers will be able to create rich web experiences, modern websites and outstanding web/mobile apps leveraging responsive UIs, remote web services and Ember.js.

Front-End Web Development: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide is now available for purchase in both print and electronic form from Amazon. A complete list of Big Nerd Ranch Guides is available on the Big Nerd Ranch website.

Big Nerd Ranch also teaches a variety of programming bootcamps at their locations in Georgia and California. The Front-End Essentials course builds upon the content in the book with hands-on instruction in an immersive setting. Students start the week by building a responsive, accessible website using CSS3 and semantic HTML5, and leave the bootcamp with a complex web application. In addition to the Front-End Essentials course, Big Nerd Ranch also offers training for Android, iOS, back-end web, Cocoa and design.

About Big Nerd Ranch

Established in 2001, Big Nerd Ranch specializes in client app development and expert instruction from the brightest developers and designers in the industry. Known for its immersive programming courses and training based on its best-selling series of books, Big Nerd Ranch hosts retreat-style bootcamps in Atlanta and on the Central Coast of California. Corporate courses are also held at client sites globally. With instructors who are full-time developers and designers, honing their skills on projects every day, Big Nerd Ranch courses and bootcamps offer an unprecedented level of expertise in a variety of programming instruction on iOS, Android, front-end and back-end web, mobile design and Mac and Cocoa apps.

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New Children’s Book Series Celebrates America Through The Love Of Art, Animals, And The Imagination

LAVALLETTE, N.J., Aug. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Imagine, discover and explore America in a new educational children’s book series, led by a loveable American dog, Big Sil. Author A.J. Bennett teamed up with local artists in this debut work, The Adventures of Big Sil. Created with a unique combination of illustration and photography, Big Sil jumps into adventures visiting art and culture icons across American cities starting in New York, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.

The Adventures of Big Sil™ children’s books are sold on-line at Amazon (follow this direct link).

The children’s book series is appropriate for ages 2-4, and is also designed as an early reading book for kids.  Teacher Kathy Spiech expresses, “I love these children’s books because they introduce geography, history, and the arts in a fun and imaginative way at an early age. As a teacher, that’s important to me.”

The love of art, animals, and America was the driving force behind the creation of the children’s books according to A.J. Bennett. “I rediscovered my own talents and connected with many entrepreneurial individuals who shared their gifts in the making of The Adventures of Big Sil. After 18 years working for major corporations, A.J. cites the children’s book series as “An inspirational message to others to always explore your own creative adventures, follow your passion and exert your individuality.”

About the contributors:
Big Sil is a real, loving American Pit Bull Terrier. Once considered “America’s Dog”, the pit bull is one of the most abandoned dogs today. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to pit bull charities.

Drew Lewis, Graphic Artist & Illustrator (
Drew is a freelance illustrator, graphic artist, designer and concept artist located in Los Angeles, California. He is the founder and creative director behind the professional art services business, IMAIJIN, and responsible for bringing to life The Adventures of Big Sil.

Angelica Vasquez, New York City
Angelica specializes in Latin American culture and capturing authentic moments.

Wendy Smith, Los Angeles
Wendy is a fashion and lifestyle photographer specializing in natural light and vibrant color, with editorial work featured in several fashion publications.

Patrick Driscoll, Phoenix
Patrick started from a love of skateboard photography, now specializing in sports/outdoor action.

SRP $7.99 paperback, $19.99 hardcover, $4.99 Kindle


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Beginner’s Guide to InfoSec: Peerlyst’s First E-Book on Amazon

The “Beginner’s Guide to Information Security,” crowdsourced from members of the Peerlyst InfoSec community, is now available on Amazon.

The Beginner’s Guide to Information Security offers insight and resources to help readers embark on a career in one of the 21st century’s most important—and potentially lucrative—fields. But even as the world comes to recognize how essential InfoSec is, it’s still a relatively new discipline, and the paths leading into it are many—and not always well defined. The first e-book from Peerlyst (, the Beginner’s Guide to Information Security aims to cut through some of the confusion about how and where to start, putting readers on the road to a successful career in the field.

The guide’s content has been crowdsourced from members of the Peerlyst online community of InfoSec professionals. Many are longtime experts in some of the sectors that make up this varied field, others are relative newcomers eager to share the advice and resources they’ve found most valuable during their own career journeys. The contributors include Cheryl Biswas, a cybersecurity consultant focused on threat Intel with KPMG; Kris Rides, who heads an information security recruitment agency; and network security specialist Dean Webb.

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“The Beginner’s Guide to Information Security aligns perfectly with the mission of, which is removing information and knowledge barriers so security professionals can work together and educate each other,” says Limor Elbaz, Peerlyst’s founder and CEO. “And if advice from experts helps more newbies get involved in InfoSec, that will ease the pressure on those who are currently in the field—without compromising on the quality of education.”

The Beginner’s Guide to Information Security begins with some chapters that cover ways readers can learn about information security, maybe pick up a certification or two, find out about job opportunities, and then, hopefully, snag a job. Then it delves deeper into the InfoSec field, offering perspective and resources that will help readers master key skills, like knowing how to protect a network, respond to a security incident, and educate users so they’re part of the security solution—not the problem. The last chapters focus on “big picture” issues such as women in security, and where InfoSec may be heading in the future.

The book’s chapters include:

  • Thirteen Steps for Starting Your InfoSec Journey
  • Starting a Career in Network Security
  • How to Prepare for an InfoSec Interview
  • Working with Recruiters
  • How to Get Started in Cryptography
  • How to Secure Your Data
  • Basic Network Security
  • Security Awareness: The “People Part” of Information Systems
  • How to Respond to a Security Incident
  • Women in Security
  • The Defender’s Changing Role

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Peerlyst is the place where information security pros go to share knowledge and build their professional reputations. With an audience of more than half a million and more than 10,000 posts by security experts, Peerlyst is the preeminent platform for spreading InfoSec news, asking a question, finding an expert, or offering product insight. For more information, or visit

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