Barry Frost

This is Barry Frost’s personal website.

Ready to listen along to one of my favourite ever albums, Olympian by Gene #timstwitterlisteningparty

Olympian CD front

This weekend’s IndieWebCamp in London has sensibly been switched to online-only because of the current health concerns.

A big well done to the organisers, Cheuk, Calum and Ana, for their initial attempts to keep it going and then swiftly reconfiguring for an online event. Communication with attendees during the week has been exemplary.

I’m very much looking forward to joining tomorrow’s sessions from the comfort and safety of my home office.

I went to @GrowableMeetups’ Serverless talks at @CazooUK this week. I find real-world examples much more compelling than theory, and @bobthemighty’s and Scott’s stories of rapid scalability and what can be built with small teams were very impressive.

https://twitter.com/GrowableMeetups/status/1227709855655436288

Tried Apple Pay’s Express Mode on the Tube this morning and it worked beautifully. Lightning fast and no risk to barrier etiquette. FYI set up your “Express Travel Card” in your Wallet first.

https://www.apple.com/uk/apple-pay/transport/

  1. First language: BBC BASIC
  2. Had difficulties: Assembly
  3. Most used: CFML (ColdFusion) and JavaScript
  4. Totally hate: ASP/VBScript
  5. Loved: HTML forever!
  6. For beginners: Ruby

via https://twitter.com/boffbowsh/status/1180268413710749696

Highly recommended: Stewart Lee’s Sharknado / Alan Bennett routine. Even better when the stage props fail.

New wallpaper: the global #ShowYourStripes climate crisis graphic to remind me every time I pick up my phone.

Show Your Warming Stripes

Pre-ordered an iPhone 11 Pro earlier this afternoon, silver, 256GB. And so begins the passing down of devices through the family.

I seriously considered the 11 but have been spoiled by the OLED screen on my X and didn’t want to downgrade to LCD.

Hottest day of the year (up around 34C) at the local village fete. Tombola win, burger, nice pint of real ale, ice cream and now home to cool down in front of the cricket.

Flying off to The Hague for a week for work this afternoon, so my Father’s Day treats have been cut short. I’ll miss my little monkeys.

Back at HWC London for the first time in a long long while, and thinking about making some changes around this place. While a Big Rewrite is clearly a Bad Thing, I’ve been looking for a reason to brush up on Node and wean myself off Ruby. Building a new home for myself is quite appealing. And with the Brighton 2019 IndieWebCamp coming up in October perhaps that’s a reasonable target to aim for in terms of a (rough) new site.

At the Barbican today for the Lead Dev London conference. Strong start. I especially enjoyed seeing @lara_hogan for the first time. #leaddevlondon

I’m in San Jose for this week’s @eBay Leaders conference. It’s my first visit to California since 2001 and I’m quite enjoying it, especially the food markets downtown.

At Alexandra Palace for Ronnie O’Sullivan v Ding Junhui. My first #MastersSnooker match and lucky enough to see the Rocket in action.

First time at Camden’s Electric Ballroom in about 20 years to see Teenage Fanclub revisit albums from my youth tonight. Loved every moment.

Big news at work today. I’m looking forward to working with my new Motors colleagues when the deal closes.

https://twitter.com/Gumtree/status/1053241801266606080

I’m very excited to share that I’m joining @Gumtree as CTO next week.

I can’t wait to get started with my new colleagues in the @GumtreeDevTeam and @eBay family 🎉

I love @StevieBuckley’s smart new @Honest_Work job board: all adverts are direct from employers, transparent on salary and clearly indicate the level of remote working accepted. A breath of fresh air. https://honest.work/

I’ve got a couple of people asking me for freelancer referrals for some light website development and SEO work. DM me and I’ll put you in touch.

I’m off today to my first Silicon Milkroundabout as a candidate. After several of the early shows as an exhibitor I’m looking forward to attending as a punter. #smrmay18