Hello, I'm Barry. I live in Surrey in the UK. This is my site for personal articles and short notes I want to share.
Since January 2008 I've been CTO of Global Personals, a British online dating company that creates the software and runs the back-end for over 11,000 worldwide dating sites through our White Label Dating product. I head up our 45-strong team we call globaldev.
Previously I've worked in web agencies, corporates and startups, big and small, in and around London and New Zealand. You can read more about my professional background on LinkedIn or on my company bio.
Any content posted here does not necessarily represent the views of my company.
My day job is increasingly spent in Google Apps and meetings. Not so long ago I was a full-time developer and although I love my current job, I miss learning and creating new things. This site (and other personal projects) is my way of trying to practise and stay up-to-date.
Since stumbling across the Indie Web movement I've been building my own platform to get involved and participate. This site is my attempt to selfdogfood and my eventual aim is to open-source on GitHub. It's also been a good excuse to start a brand new project with Ruby 2 and Rails 4.
Read more about how this is all built in the Colophon.
I try to be an early adopter (my account is the 4,677th on Twitter) and I habitually try out new services and technologies. I'm a Mac user since the early 2000s and also prefer Apple mobile devices. Recently I've been dabbling with the Internet of Things, including using Belkin WeMo and NetCam devices connected to IFTTT at home.
- Interview on HackerJobs, February 2013
- Video interview on Online Personals Watch, August 2012
- Interview with Edge, August 2012
- Case study with Rackspace UK (PDF)