Barry Frost

This is Barry Frost’s personal website.

April 2008

Wet, but in the pub now so I don’t mind so much.

WLD Summer

Work summer megamix muxtape for our stand at Internet World in Earls Court

The vanishing personal site

Zeldman notes the shift from personal sites (with links, photos, info, etc.) to links to sites like Flickr that hold your content

Rackspace Files IPO, Will Set Price Via Auction

Useful to know as our Rackspace contract comes up for renewal

Fluid Icons

Flickr pool of icons for use on Fluid

EXPLAIN Cheatsheet (MySQL)

How to make a proper iPhone icon


“Munin the monitoring tool surveys all your computers and remembers what it saw. It presents all the information in graphs through a web interface.”

Using Django with Google App Engine

Slapp: A simple chat wall Merb tutorial

Using Google AppEngine for a Little Micro-Scalability

Useful code examples for Python/GAE with HTTP

Offices and The Creativity Zone

Dan Benjamin’s commentary on how he works and gets in the zone


Textmate Ruby and Rails bundle with nice shortcuts

Liberation Mono

Tidy coding font that I may use in favour of Bitstream Vera Mono

UTF8, MySQL, Perl and PHP

Daring Fireball: The Unsatisfying State of Twitter Web Clients for the iPhone

Useful commentary on how the plethora of Twitter clients fail to work well on the iPhone. Tips for iPhone web app development

The accidental innovator

Interview with Evan Williams: genuinely new ideas are stumbled upon, hard to describe and seem obvious in retrospect

@having spicy pickled shallots

Yamato, "drummers of Japan"

Saw these 2007-04-20 and was blown away. Stunning rhythm and co-ordination

Userplane Desktop

Cross-platform presence and notification system (in AIR)

Yahoo! UI Library: Graded Browser Support

Which browsers Yahoo supports. Key point is that your site doesn’t need to look the same in all browsers, just the A-graders

Grid Calculator

Use sliders for base font size, number of columns, column width and gutter width and it’ll calculate everything for you

Grid and Column Designs

Examples of well-designed grid-based sites

Introduction to Django

Unfuddle: Subversion Hosting, Bug and Issue Tracking


AWS hosted container for GAE applications

Wycombe Swan Theatre

Adobe AIR Resources for the Ajax Developer -


My first stab at a Google App Engine app. It’s hardly original - a Read Later clone - but it’s been a fun learning experience of Python and GAE

The Thing About Git

More Git love. Very useful notes on how Git handles the “Tangled Working Copy Problem” - mixed unrelated changes

Worldwide Social Network Market Share

How different areas of the world prefer different social networking apps. It’s not just about Facebook…

21 Merb Links, Tutorials and Other Resources

git-svn is a gateway drug

Using Git to work with Subversion


PostGIS adds support for geographic objects to PostgreSQL for geographic information systems (GIS)

CouchDB "Joins"

This seems like a lot of faffing to my relational brain, but handy to know how to achieve it

The Django Book

Free guide to developing with Django. Lovely site too

Loving Mario Kart Wii. It’s even better than I expected and the steering wheels feel just right

The Death of Read Replication

Build objects from data stored in MySQL and push those objects into memcached

Babysitting the rabbit. He likes pizza crusts.

@timblair, try feeding your kittens with pizza crusts. Or apple cores. Works a treat.

Muxtape Recommendations

Yahoo Pipes service that suggests muxtapes that match your favourites artists from


Two Safari 3.1 Tips

Show the debug menu and force links that want to open in a new window to instead open in a tab

London Web Week

“Seven days of web design and development events, taking place in central London from 26th May to 1st June, 2008.”

Fluid Rails Docs on OSX

Documentation in a self-contained browser app

Git Textmate bundle

Really Simple Git Deployment with Vlad

How migrants fuel Britain's boom town

Commentary on the positive effect of immigration on Slough, just down the road

ColdFusion support matrix

Now including 64-bit support - but Enterprise/Developer only

Webmaster.Info : AOL Proxy Info

Information about the evil AOL mega proxy, including IP address ranges you can expect


Python Library Reference functions, methods and classes

Children flock to social networks

“More than a quarter of eight to 11-year-olds who are online in the UK have a profile on a social network”

FancyBox - jQuery image zooming plugin

Yet another image zoomer but still quite sexy

Streaming a Muxtape to external Airfoil speakers

“Peter is using Fluid to run Muxtape as a pseudo-standalone application and Airfoil to stream the audio around his house.”

Exciting times in Rails land

Rails 2.1 to feature timestamped migrations and fancy required Gem config code

Top 100 Rails sites

According to the Alexa rankings

Using SimpleDB and Rails in No Time with ActiveResource