Hi, I’m Joakim

I write about front-end development
and software architecture

This was the perfect ending of a perfect day. Thank you, everyone, for your support and kind words. Now it’s time to get to work.

The front of my red kayak floating forward into the sunset

Time for Something New

Today marks a special day in my life. Today I celebrate my first day as a freelance developer! After being an employee for 20 years, I now work for myself, and it’s both really exciting and absolutely terrifying.

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I don’t know why, but for some reason, I just stopped writing here. Maybe it had something to do with staying at home for the last two years, but it is a shame, and it’s all about to change.

Exciting things are in the works, and I’m thrilled to share them with the world.

I didn’t expect to hear about my small home village Bäckhammar in an AWS keynote but hey, why not. They are not building a data center there yet though, they are starting with a wind park but you never know…

For the first time in many years my list of things I have to/need to do is empty. Now it’s time to start working on something new that I really want to do. This is going to be fun.

Screenshot of empty todo list in the app Things

Thanks to the awesome WebKit team, who implemented support for the prefers-color-scheme media query, this will soon go live on kits.se (ping @johnwilander)

Screenshot of kits.se showing dark mode Screenshot of kits.se showing light mode

Going through 1Password to delete as many accounts that I can tonight. Turns out I have a lot of accounts that I don’t get any value from; some that I actually pay for.

Biggest service so far, Facebook. I think I’ll be ok though, my account has been deactivated for years.

Day one of #SoftwareFaster with @tastapod done. Really happy so far and a lot of ideas and thoughts are spinning around in my head. It will be interesting to see how we can apply this in my team.

Back to work after a really great summer. Time to add some polish to this banking web app to get it ready for production.

This is definitely a strange tradition but it always marks the start of our month long summer vacation so it’s one of the highlights of the year. Happy summer!

A bottle of sparkling rose wine, four champagne glasses and a plate of chocolate-coated marshmallow treats

Summary of Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2018

Every year Apple invites the community to their Worldwide Developers Conference and even though 6 000 developer gets to go every year it’s really hard to get a ticket. For me it took six attempts but I finally got one and it was worth the wait.

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After seeing Clam chowder in every WWDC demo I had to try it. I would not add it as a Siri Shortcut though.

San Francisco clam chowder in a bread bowl with a glas of beer in the background

Good bye WWDC18. It’s been such a great week and I’ve met so many great people. I’ll try to collect my impressions in a blog post later but right now I’m just hoping I’ll get a ticket next year because this was really awesome.

Yes, I promise, I’m at a developer conference! I’m just having way more fun at the WWDC18 Bash than I ever thought I would and Panic! At the Disco was really good.

A crowd standing in front of the stage at the WWDC18 Bash with trees lit up in difference colors in the background Panic! At the Disco performing at the WWDC18 Bash

The Relay FM Live show today was so good. @ismh and @imyke really know how to put on a great show, hope to see you next year.

Another highlight of the day was the Micro.blog meetup where I got to meet a lot of great people, including people whose work I’ve been following for years like @joec and @manton. So nice to meet you all.

Yesterday was such a good day with lots of really good sessions. You can really see how much preparation goes into these presentations. The most impressing demo was definitely the AR demo and even though I will probably never use it I had to try it out and it’s quite easy.

Really great to see my old colleague @johnwilander on stage at WWDC. Awesome performance, as always, and many good tips for securing your web content, see developer.apple.com/wwdc18/20…

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Strategies for Securing Web Content - WWDC18 - Videos - Apple Developer

Whether you use web content in your app via an embedded WebKit view, deliver pure web apps, or create web content to be embedded by others, it’s important to ensure that you are using the most current web security standards…

Really intense day with the keynote, state of the union and ATP Live. I may not have gotten everything that I wished for but I’m really happy with what we got. The worst thing about WWDC though is the Internet connection, so I will not be posting as often as I hoped this week.

Early morning and 19 hours of traveling but I’m here, I got my badge and I’m so exited to see what this week will bring.

Me standing outside the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose My yellow attendee badge for WWDC18 The facade of McEnery Convention Center in San Jose covered in WWDC decorations

Hotels are booked, bags are packed and test device configured, it’s time to go to San Jose. I still can’t believe that after six attempts I finally got a ticket to WWDC.

Finally got a Kaweco GRIP for my Apple Pencil today. Looks and feels really great. Thanks @imyke for the tip.

An Apple Pencil in a Kaweco GRIP case laying on top of an iPad

Today one of my favorite apps got even better blog.iconfactory.com/2018/05/l…

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Linea Sketch 2.1 – Color Is Key

We love color. As any designer will tell you, color plays a critical part in the creative process. Every single day, artists use color to set a particular tone for a project, evoke emotions or reinforce a specific brand. We’re pleased to announce the way you use color in Linea Sketch for the iPad is. getting even better…

My WWDC Wishlist

In less than a week, Tim Cook will enter the stage at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose to kick of WWDC 2018. For the first time ever I’ll be in the same room!

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In my continued exploration of Micro.blog I’m playing with Icro. I like it a lot even though it lacks some obvious features. The thing I miss the most about Tweetbot though, is throwing away the images after showing them. Those are the tiny touches that makes an app great.

I think I’m ready to leave @jetbrains editors for a while. They have so many great features but the core experience of typing and scrolling is getting worse for every release and that kind of matters. Let’s hope that Visual Studio Code is good enough.

This article by @viticci was really inspiring www.macstories.net/stories/s…

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Second Life: Rethinking Myself Through Exercise, Mindfulness, and Gratitude

“There’s something in your latest scan that we need to double check.” Here’s what I’ve learned about cancer as a survivor: even once you’re past it, and despite doctors’ reassurances that you should go back to your normal life, it never truly leaves you…

Unfortunately, DNS configuration seems to be as hard as cache invalidation so Hover (or maybe I) managed to destroy my NS records. Now I’m waiting…

Played around with Micro.blog yesterday. I discovered some interesting people, added an about page, and tried the themes. I think I like it, so I’m going all in by redirecting my domain here and will try to start micro blogging more for the next month.

Only two weeks left until WWDC! This seems like a really good time to start using Micro.blog. Let’s hope that it sticks.

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The fastest way to blog

Our community is built on a network of independent microblogs, with replies, conversations, and a timeline to follow friends, backed by strong community guidelines that are enforced. You can interact with others while your content is on your own blog that you control…

Going Serverless, an Introduction

What if I told you that you can get an API up and running in a couple of minutes. What if I told you that the deployed application will be running in both a development and a production environment where scaling is a non issue and where you only pay when your application is actually being used. Doesn’t that sound pretty great? This is the promise of serverless architectures.

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