Barry Frost

This is Barry Frost’s personal website.

Tagged #advocacy

Choose Boring Technology

Dan McKinley’s infamous essay in presentation form (slides and transcript).

WPO Stats

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

TypeScript at Slack

Your Body Text Is Too Small

Everybody scrolls

There is no fold

Content parity on the web

Advocating having one website and not creating a cutdown version for mobile users

Rails has Two Default Stacks

  • the 37signals one (ERB, MySQL, MiniTest, fat models/skinny controllers) and the “prime” one (Haml, Postgres, RSpec, service layer)

illy issimo

High profile commercial site using responsive design

thoughtbot playbook

Experiences and best practices from the thoughtbot team

If Flickr had an ego

Dave Winer: “I wish every product had a spokesperson and ego behind it”

HTML5 vs Native: The Mobile App Debate

URL Design

Essential advice for building namespaced, human-readable URLs and ensuring that links behave as a link.

The Fold | WeeNudge

Research and evidence dispelling the hoary old myth over page folds. Part of a family of good sacred cow slaying resources.

Side effects of developing for yourself

Make something you would actually use: “If I let users steer product decisions, the result would be a massive codebase producing a bloated, cluttered product full of features that hardly anyone used at the expense of everyday usability and polish on the features that matter.”

Stevey's Blog Rants: Good Agile, Bad Agile

An entertaining and probing opinion piece on agile: what works, when and how. Required reading.

The technical story of Muxtape

Persevered with PHP, but love of Rails and Ruby helped switch away

Jay Fields' Thoughts: Be Your Start-Up

Advocacy for writing, presenting and contributing to establish your own reputation/brand

Web designers should do their own HTML/CSS

I totally agree. Now, where are these mythical creatures hiding?

PHP Sucks, But It Doesn't Matter

It does and it doesn’t. Ugh.