Hi! I'm Jake Kronika, the sole proprietor and owner of Gridline Design & Development. I've been in the business of website design and software development for over two decades. In that time, I've worn many hats and worked (to varying extents) with a wide variety of technologies.
By the end of the decade, and into the 2010s, I had collaborated on several projects where my role shifted more towards server-side technologies. This back-end work brought new challenges, and I rose to meet them. Along the way, I discovered more about how the needs of the user interface (UI) might drive the server infrastructure, and what the limitations the server-side might put on the UI.
Among the types of things I worked on in this period, a few particulars stand out, including:
- HTML5 Canvas
- Drupal, Joomla!, and WordPress
- Responsive Websites
- Angular and React
It was also at this time that I began working with Packt Publishing Ltd. Initially, my expertise and critical eye were essential in the development of a new type of resource – technical books. Between 2010 and today, I've reviewed 6 books during their creation process, and am also co-author of 2 editions to date. You can find more details in my portfolio.
At the moment, I am heavily involved in both server-only and full-stack development using stacks involving Node.js and Python, both of which have repeatedly demonstrated their strength and resilience. Subsequently, I continue to maintain certain properties using PHP, and provide expert critique and guidance to a number of colleagues with respect to their technical approaches and software architecture, not to mention their code itself.
Wherever the wind shall take me...
While I do not know what lies in store for me next, there are a number of exciting new technologies only now becoming more mature. Machine learning and artificial intelligence are two areas that have long interested me, and I am passively researching. Component-based architecture is something I've worked with through use of React, but I'm also increasing the depth of my knowledge there by diving into standards-based Web Components, a feature that is starting to gain more traction of late.
Every project I take on exposes me to new things, be they people, industries, or technologies. That is part of what I find so thrilling about what I do, even after being at it for over 20 years... Each implementation is a challenge, not only because it has new features, but even more personally it is a challenge to do this one better in some way. I push myself to be more efficient, to improve quality, and to raise my own bar, ad infinitum.