Dan started coding on his Sinclair ZX81 computer in 1985 and building things for the web in 1996. Now, also literate in design, he focuses mostly on building web applications from small simple websites and services to large enterprise-level systems. With a preference for simple and usable interfaces, Dan works best by prototyping ideas.

His attention to detail and the fact that he works “at his best” when alongside others makes him an ideal member for any team. Eager to learn new techniques and technologies, Dan loves working on interesting projects and strives for simple, elegant and maintainable code.

Since starting at thoughtbot London in 2012, Dan has become proficient in Scrum, and is a certified Scrum Master.


Front-end web development

  • Writes well structured, semantic HTML.

  • Possesses strong knowledge of CSS, including newer CSS 3 features.

  • Writes unobtrusive Javascript, using either libraries like jQuery or frameworks such as React or VueJS.

Back-end web development

  • Writes well structured web applications using Ruby on Rails.

  • Writes well thought out REST API’s.

  • Knows PostgreSQL well and can write good SQL.

Tools and processes

  • Works in agile teams and is a strong proponent of Scrum.

  • Uses Git for version control.

  • Practices TDD and BDD.


New Bamboo thoughtbot

Nov 2012—Present

As a developer at thoughtbot, Dan works directly with the client to ensure optimal client success, which is achieved by working within a pragmatic and well-defined Scrum framework, running User Story Workshops and helping clients to understand the process. Dan works with the team to plan sprints every week and to run demos to show the progress to date.

thoughtbot works mostly with Ruby on Rails and delivers high-quality, well tested code.

New Bamboo became thoughtbot London in November 2015.


Aug 2010—Apr 2015

Launched Pixelhum in 2010, providing freelance and contract-based services to clients. Designed and built web applications for clients using Ruby on Rails.

WebBased Ltd

Dec 2011—Nov 2012

Continued the development of a CRM product built using Ruby on Rails 2.3. Migrated version control from SVN to git and brought the Rspec test suite up to date.


June 2010—Oct 2011

Updated and maintained Abiquo’s websites, which were written in both PHP and Ruby on Rails. Rebuilt their virtual image exchange site, Thunderflash, using Ruby on Rails 3.

Deep Blue Sound

Aug 2008—June 2010

Administered and augmented the existing web systems including Moodle, SugarCRM and others. Deputised for the System Administrator.

Footwork Solutions

Nov 2002—Aug 2008

Served as a lead developer and designer on the Halo care co-ordination system, which included training, documentation and support. Served as the System Administrator for both the local network and remote server farm.

Granite Internet


Designed, developed and maintained several property company websites built upon a single code base. Setup Windows, Linux and FreeBSD servers.

North Devon Journal


Set advertisements using QuarkXpress and was responsible for laying out the classified pages. Developed a love of typography.


New Bamboo

The New Bamboo website was completely redesigned and rebuilt from the ground up in 2015. Dan managed the project, serving as the product owner. He also served as the primary developer and contributed to the design work.

Contagious IO

Contagious IO is a curated, collaborative research tool showcasing the world’s most innovative marketing, trends and technology. Dan worked with another New Bamboo developer to build it, using Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL and ElasticSearch.


The Contagious website is built on the Shopify platform. Dan was part of the New Bamboo team that developed it.


Sound Unlimited, a Plymouth-based music shop, hired Dan to build a complete online shop system. Dan used Ruby on Rails for the site and Rspec for testing.


NeoMPC is a web based client for controlling an MPD server that was built using PHP and jQuery and uses mpd.class.php to connect to the MPD server. Dan completed all of the coding, interface design and graphics for this project.

Footwork Solutions

Footwork Solutions are a web development company in Plymouth specialising in large enterprise intranet systems. Dan designed the company logo and the website and built the template for Drupal.

Dan Barber Photo

Dan designed and implemented his personal photography site using Ruby on Rails and jQuery, including backend admin pages.

Dan’s CV

Dan built his CV, a responsive design using Middleman, SASS and Markdown that makes extensive use of HTML5, CSS3, typography and web fonts. The source code is available on Github.


  • Drumming
  • Music
  • Sound Engineering & Recording
  • Photography
  • Cycling


Dan Barber

+44 (0) 1752 546981