Barry Frost

This is Barry Frost’s personal website.

October 2017

Inside Sales Software CRM with Calling & Emailing


Ruby bindings to libgit2

Reposted Venntro Development Venntro Development’s post on Twitter
New post: "Automating the build and deployment of our team site with Jekyll, GitHub, Travis, S3 and CloudFront"


WebOb provides objects for HTTP requests and responses. Specifically it does this by wrapping the WSGI request environment and response status/headers/app_iter(body).

Superbly detailed piece from our DPM @hayleyhinsley on how she continuously grooms our product backlog.

Random GitHub project name generator


Shared customer inbox for email, Twitter, Facebook and more. Used by Culturedcode for Things.

In reply to Grigor Yosifov Grigor Yosifov’s post on Twitter
Thanks for introducing us to the heart of IndieWeb! :)

@GrigorYosifov You’re very welcome. Thanks for coming! Enjoy the rest of your week in London.

Liked GlobalDatingInsights GlobalDatingInsights’s post on Twitter
Company @venntro has posted a new article on its developer blog detailing how the company organises remote working

Bumper Homebrew Website Club London tonight. Thanks everyone for coming 🙌

HWC London group photo
In reply to LanciaConsult LanciaConsult’s post on Twitter
Great blog by @barryf at @venntrodev about making remote working ‘work’

@LanciaConsult Cheers Jeff 🙌

WPO Stats

Case studies and experiments demonstrating the impact of web performance optimization (WPO) on user experience and business metrics.


Open source framework for web integration testing without Selenium

How we make remote working work

In reply to Stevie Buckley Stevie Buckley’s post “The fact that so many of those faces are…” on Twitter
The fact that so many of those faces are still there since my time at Venntro says volumes mate. Good work.

@StevieBuckley I don’t think companies can compete nowadays unless they embrace remote. I think a big Irish guy told me that once.

New work blog post from me. Includes cheesy photo of my remote team coerced into giving a 👍

I love that @simonw is blogging again. His recent posts are great reads, including this on CD with free services:

Liked Colin Walker Colin Walker’s post “Blogging from the Mac” on
My phone is really my PC - that’s Primary Computer - and, as I’ve written numerous times, that’s where I do just about everything including 99.9% of my blogging, image manipulations and even coding. While I have an iPad I almost never use it; the pho…

Posting a test note from the new Mac app.

Happy Bear Software

Rails agency recommended by Andrew McDonough:

Reposted Calum Ryan | Calum Ryan |’s post on Twitter
📢 RSVPs open to this week's Homebrew Website Club London ✏️ Register at @hwclondon
In reply to Paul Bowsher Paul Bowsher’s post on Twitter
Combination of #WomenBoycottTwitter and getting married tomorrow means I’ll be off here for a little while. Ta-ra!

@boffbowsh Woo! Good luck!


JavaScript Markdown parser, done right. 100% CommonMark support, extensions, syntax plugins & high speed

Zapier's Ultimate Guide to Remote Work

Can’t wait for this documentary of the greatest end to a football season there will ever be. “89”.

While posting an article here earlier I reminded myself how clunky I’ve made things unless I’m writing plain-text notes. Manually hacking the content in a JSON document is unnecessarily cumbersome. And syntax-highlighted code blocks would be nice. Some itches to scratch!

Installing PostgreSQL v10

Using JSON in Postgres with Ruby and Sequel

With its fast, built-in support for JSON, it’s worth considering Postgres for storing and querying your JSON data. Instead of using a specialised document server, Postgres may be the right choice for your application.

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A super efficient Amazon SQS thread based message processor for Ruby

Static Site Hosting with S3 and CloudFlare


Fake Online REST API for Testing and Prototyping


Jekyll plugin adding a Liquid tag to use Cloudinary for optimized responsive posts images

Gillingham v Portsmouth

In a micropub posting via Micropub #nerd


Micropub JavaScript helper library

Hosted ELK as a Service, using Kibana, Logstash, ElasticSearch and Elastalert

In reply to Neil Stanley Neil Stanley’s post “Tried hot corners?” on Twitter
Tried hot corners?

@nstanley Hot Corners never clicked with me when they were launched. I was always accidentally triggering them. I’ll try again.

Handy new macOS High Sierra tip: you can lock your screen using the keyboard shortcut ctrl-cmd-q.

@cronkshaw I do hope not. Bleak future if he takes the club private.

Essential Image Optimization

eBook on image optimisation strategies for websites in 2017.


Hammer helps you add support for touch gestures to your page, and remove the 300ms delay from clicks.

Draggable JS

JavaScript drag and drop library that works with touch interfaces

I’m coming