Category Archives: Podcast

10: Free Consultancy from Karl

Karl BunyanThis week I wanted to take a break from the usual interview slot and have a chat around some contemporary subjects. Karl Bunyan joins me again as a solo discussion with just me would have been a bit weird and he’s always got something interesting to say.

We discuss:

  • The Heartbleed Of Doom
  • My recent project management tools blog post and we realise that what I’m asking is actually quite hard to achieve
  • The lion’s share of the time is spent discussing Phonegap dev: how it has come on a lot in the past few years and is now a viable option for cross platform mobile development using HTML & JavaScript.
  • How crap I am at JavaScript

Thanks to Karl for taking time out to natter with me, he’s @karlbunyan and he blogs at Wedu Games.

If there’s anything you’d like us to cover on the show, you’d like to send us love or any other reason you’d like to talk then please get in touch via @backendy or




9: Rob Allen

RobThis week Rob Allen helps me put the world to rights. Rob is probably best known for authoring Zend Framework in Action but is also a regular on the PHP conference circuit.

We discuss:

  • Extreme skateboarding
  • Being an author
  • Lots of chat around the transition from permie to consulting
  • I can’t help but talk a bit about bootstrapping
  • We confirm that I am a luddite, preferring SF1 over SF2

Rob is @akrabat on that twitter thing and he has a blog over on If you’d like to hire Rob then check out his company website:

As always if you’d like to get in touch please do so via @backendy or email

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8: Rachel Andrew

Rachel AndrewThis week I’m delighted to have Rachel Andrew on the show. I’ve been wanting to talk with Rachel since I read The Profitable Side Project Handbook.

For those of you that don’t know, Rachel is the founder of the company behind the successful CMS Perch which was launched as a side project 4ish years ago and it has since become so successful that Rachel and Drew have been able to stop doing consulting work to focus on their product. \o/

If I’d have had my own way this would have been an hour conversation about product bootstrapping but being concious of the podcast’s title we do swing the conversation around to backend related subjects too.

  • There’s talk of content marketing and where it’s a good tool to use as promotion for a product
  • We discuss conference speaking and the types of conferences out there these days
  • There’s a lot of discussion around the toolset used to develop Perch: source control, bug tracking etc and we also touch upon the pretty major constraints that they are under to ensure that perch will run on rubbish low-spec shared hosting (and PHP 5.2!).
  • Deployment and provisioning is also covered in some depth covering things like documentation, the demo site and of course packaging up releases.

Rachel is @rachelandrew on twitter and has a blog at as well as a regular spot on A List Apart.

As always if you’d like to get in touch please do so via @backendy or email

Please don’t forget to leave us a review on iTunes if you like the show as this will help spread the word.

7: Joel Hughes

64446652b9c4f2c1dcaab1b6cb9a1baeThis week I have on the show with me Joel Hughes who I saw speaking at last year’s Shropgeek Revolution.

Joel runs Port 80 events in Newport, South Wales, comprising of a large show once a year called Port 80 as well as 3 quarterly smaller grass-roots events called Localhost (see what he did there?). Joel is also running a new format conference this year called the The Business of Web Design on the 18th July in Cardiff.

Not a lot of tech in this episode, we focus in on the business side of things.

  • I get my weekly chance to plug OneNote and the new dev features and then we touch briefly on productivity. Joel uses aspects of the Pomodoro technique and I mention ZTD, which is a really nice wrapper for GTD
  • We discuss Joel’s earlier Y2K work on IBM mainframes as well as the fact that Joel is considering expanding his business  later this year
  • There a good chunk of time spent on running a conference, how much work it is and also how to get your talk submission recognised.
  • I bring up a really useful looking resource for anyone looking to do more conference talking from @theophani

Joel is @Joel_Hughes on that twitter and you can see the sort of things he’s working on via his website. Don’t forget there’s also the conference links above where tickets are still available.

I’m Darren Beale and if you’d like to get in touch please do so via @backendy or email

Please don’t forget to leave us a review on iTunes if you like the show as this will help spread the word.

6: Karl Bunyan

Karl BunyanThis week we have on the show Karl Bunyan.

Karl & I used to run a business together so there’s some reminiscing about that, talk of flying – and the art of learning how to – as well as a good a good chunk of time on Karl’s experiences writing Facebook apps during the early gold-rush period.

I wax lyrical about my new Kindle paperwhite and I note how I’m still in shock over my favourite piece of software, MS OneNote,  being released for free with a new OS X client and a shiny new API just hours before recording.

I really enjoyed making this show, it felt more like a chat over a couple of beers, so if the slightly-more-rambly-geeking-out format proves successful then I may do more of them. If, on the other hand, it’s extremely unpopular than it’s all Karl’s fault, obviously.


Karl is @karlbunyan and he has a blog here. I’m Darren Beale and if you’d like to get in touch please do so via @backendy or email

5: Mike Ellis

Mike EllisThis week I had the pleasure of Mike Ellis joining me on the show. He’s a lovely chap and we have a chat about work, life and a bunch of things that are interesting to us both at the moment.

Mike can be reached on twitter as @m1ke_ellis and as always you can reach me, Darren Beale via twitter on either @bealers / @backendy, or you can email


4: Laura Kalbag

Laura KalbagThis week we have the ridiculously talented designer Laura Kalbag on the show, together we discuss:

  • Dogs, apparently a Huskamute is a thing
  • My recent trip to the Manchester Founders’ Assembly (see @mcrstartups)
  • We’d like a conference covering all aspects of web, front and back-end
  • Generally speaking the term web development seems to be used to refer to front-end dev
  • I should probably put my rates up
  • Backenders might need some better marketing
  • A great episode of The Web Ahead Podcast discussing Annotations
  • I briefly mention for pre-generating Vagrant builds

Thanks ever so much to Laura for coming on. You can see some of her work here (this one is particularly good) and she’s @laurakalbag on pretty much every social media outlet.

Any feedback? I’d really welcome it. Is there anyone you’d like me to interview? Do you want something including in the show?

You can let me know via that iTunes thing, you can email or you can give us some twitter love, we’re @backendy. Thanks.

0.3: Billy No Mates

ShropgeekThis week on A Bit More Backendy I try out the solo format.

I ramble on about:

0.2: Gert Lush with Rick Hurst

Rick HurstThis week on A Bit More Backendy I interview my first ever guest, Bristol based freelance developer, skateboarder and traveller Rick Hurst. (not to be mistaken with Cletus from The Dukes of Hazard)

We discuss the early Bristol web scene, I bang on a bit more about Vagrant and Google’s cloud offerings are compared, Rick talks about choosing the right (programming) tool for the job, Python/Django/Zope & their differences are explained, WordPress self hosting is touched upon, we prove that I clearly know nothing about server-side JavaScript and Rick explains how he has spent the last few summers travelling Europe with his family and a laptop trying and quite regularly succeeding to get work done, euro pop notwithstanding.

It got a bit rushed at the end there, but as first interviews go I’ve no complaints.

1×106 thanks to Rick for being such a great sport.

Show notes

Rick’s blog is here and he’s on twitter as @rickhurst.

If you’ve got any feedback, you want something including in the show or you’d just like to say hi, you can email or yo can give us some twitter love, we’re @backendy and we’d love to hear from you.

Your host was Darren Beale and I work at Siftware.

0.1: Hello World


The first show!

A bit of a discovery session, this was the third version I fully recorded this time not being audio bombed by the cat/postman/phone.

I’m aware the audio isn’t perfect, I’ve since sussed it and it’ll be better in future shows.

In this show:

  • Why another webby podcast?
    • we <3 designers/frontenders
    • but there’s space for a show focussed on the backend
  • Are you a web designer?
    • No
  • Things on the Internet
  • Stuff to maybe talk about in the future
    • Vagrant
    • Is PHP considered enterprise ready?
    • The framework landscape
    • PHP frameworks
  • Siftware is hiring

It’s the first show and this was very much a starting point so hopefully you’ll stick around.

Please feel free to email love, suggestions or ideas to or try @backendy.