About

Photo of Ross FairbanksI’m a software developer based in Barcelona doing remote development work mainly using Ruby. On this blog I write about technologies that interest me and projects I’m working on.

Prior to moving to Barcelona in 2011 I worked for figleaves.com for 8 years in and around London. For the first 5 years I was a back-end developer working mainly on fulfilment and payment systems. During the final 3 years I was also their software architect.

I've been getting more involved in the Ruby community here in Barcelona. I went to Baruco in 2013 and 2014 and I'm a member of the Barcelona on Rails meetup.

I also volunteered as a coach for Rails Girls Barcelona at their March 2015 event. Rails Girls is a global movement to encourage more women to become Ruby programmers. Or get involved in tech in general. This was the first coaching I'd done, I enjoyed it and I'm hoping to do some more.

I'm interested in open data and recently developed wikireverse.org using Common Crawl data. It shows which pages link to Wikipedia articles. The data consists of 36 million links to 4 million Wikipedia articles. I've written a guest post on Common Crawl's blog with more details about the project

I speak intermediate Spanish having studied in México and Barcelona. I'm currently learning Catalan. I also like running and ran the Barcelona marathon in 2011 and 2012.