Tranquil Diary 6

Vacation means some time to continue working on my projects. Things got dragged a little again in recent weeks, but I think I can get back some momentum here. Considering the limited time I have at the moment, I decided to port the underpinnings of the old project. I wanted to build everything from scratch again, but it turns out that most of the code only needed small changes to be current.…

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Tranquil Diary 5

Slow week in terms of Tranquil, because private life was a little busy the last couple of days. But full steam ahead! I planned to take a look at the underpinnings of the initial version of Tranquil I started four years ago. I knew I was far in development, but I forgot exactly how far I was. I think the app was about 90% ready. Now, there was a lot of design missing, the icon was crappy (and let’s face it, it will probably still be crappy in this new version), not everything was polished and in-app purchase needed further testing.…

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Tranquil Diary 4

I had a whiff of FOMO today and just had to check out Roam. I decided to give it a try and see what comes from it, because I just can’t understand all the hype around it lately. I’m not sure I already understand it, but I noted down some project related things and suddenly went down a completely unplanned route. Instead of putting down my scribbles from a few weeks ago into text and creating a basis for my feature set and a roadmap plus early indicators for a user documentation, I went down the road and thought a little about the product management side.…

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Tranquil Diary 3

It’s not all just UI… I’m sufficiently fluent in SwiftUI for what my app needs now. I can chip away screen after screen, knowing that they are only mere mockups of what I will actually need in the end. I learn some things about the app along the way and can see some rough edges where I still need to know more about the new Framework and how things are supposed to be glued together.…

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Tranquil Diary 2

No time to code, but I thought some more about the overall structure of Tranquil today. I knew I still needed the entrance to the app. Not just setup of all kinds, but the thing it does actually needs a switch to flip somewhere. But all in all my thoughts were too complex all the time. I wanted to set up a whole rule-based system about the circumstances in which it should be done or not.…

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Tranquil Diary 1

Well… it’s been a while! More than 2 years since I worked on my pet projects. Family just has a higher priority, but things are calming down a little lately, leading to a couple of hours here and there to play around with new stuff. I recently dipped my toes into Python and GTK development on Linux and while this project will take quite some time to get anywhere, I‘m fairly excited about it and look forward to continue on that front.…

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Hello World! I moved my stalled development blog to Micro.blog in the hope to bring this thing back into use after a much too long time! We’ll see…

Papertrail Diary 2

The new .app domains became available this week and of course I was too slow to get papertrail.app. Too bad, but I already knew that I have to find another name at some point to prevent some trouble if I want to bring it to the App Store. I’ll try out some other ideas and see what sticks in my head. I still love the name - it would be perfect - but it’s too obvious for it to still be available.…

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Papertrail Diary 1

After I created the Xcode project a couple of weeks ago with it’s dependency to a Swift wrapper framework I built for the library I need to use for Papertrail, it took me a while to get back to work. During the last couple of days I mainly thought about how I should tackle the basic UI, how to get from here to there and what possibilities I have. I looked at some other apps and decided to go the straight forward way, not reinventing the wheel.…

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Tranquil and Papertrail

For the start of the development diary for my current pet projects I’d like to introduce you to both of them. I chose two codenames that I really like. If the apps should ever see the light of the App Store, I’m not sure those will stay… but as long as they are living only on my devices, they are perfect. I won’t go into any details about the features itself though.…

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Development Diaries

I’ve wanted to share some progress about my ongoing projects for a long time. Ever since I read the Diaries1 on Brent Simmons’ blog, providing insights in progress and struggles in his projects as well as valuable advice, I thought to myself that I should do something similar. There will probably be much less valuable advice, but I hope to solve some of my struggles by writing about them. So… there will be a development diary for my pet projects.…

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Welcome

Welcome to kokodev.de! Yes this is yet another reboot of this site. No this is not a reboot-post. I’m not looking back, I’m pretty much also not looking forward. I just want to make some space for technical stuff I’m working on. There’s not that much to see at the time of this writing, the site is of course pretty much empty, but it’s a work in progress and will evolve during time.…

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