ColorCodes website

Uploaded a small project today that I have been working on for a while.

The site is called ColorCodes, and it makes it a bit easier to choose colors for your next web project. The site shows you about 300 different colors and shades of colors. It also gives you the name for all the colors.

With just a quick click with your mouse, you can copy the colors hex codes to your clipboard for easy pasting into your code.

Go check it out at : http://peterahlgren.com/colorcodes

You can also fork the site on github: https://github.com/ahlgren1234/colorcodes

Why everyone can and should blog

For not that many years ago, it was considered very difficult and only for the most tech-savvy people to create a new website on the internet. It was quite hard to start an account at a hosting provider, and it was very difficult to create the website and to get it in place on the web server. And if you had something of value to write about, it was hard to know what the visitors thought about what you had written about. Very few of your visitors emailed you about what you had written on the website.

But the times has changed. Now we have all the blogging platforms, which makes all the hard work very simple for us. You can start a new blog with just a few clicks on the mouse, and the visitors can comment directly on the website for both you and other visitors to read and comment back to them. You don’t have to know any programming language to make a new post on your blog, and you can easily style your website with different themes without ever touching the source code of the website.

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The wonderful feeling of writing

The last few years I have had a growing interest in the art of writing. I have written a few books, and have a few books started or in the planning phase. I also have a growing number of blogs where I write. I have this blog, that is my personal blog with texts about the internet, software and web development, and my other “professional” interests. I also have a blog in Swedish about my other large interest, running. Another blog I have is a Swedish blog about my family and my life after loosing my wife last year. The last blog I have at the moment is my “business blog”, with my apps and that stuff.

I have written two books. One about XML programming, and one about freelancing. I have started writing on a novel, and have ideas for a few more books.

I like writing, and Windows Live Writer is a program on my computer I use more and more. I do feel that this software is starting to get a bit outdated, and I’m searching for a replacement. Any suggestions?

Some other fields that is quite near this that I’m getting more and more interested in is SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and copywriting. In the near future I will post some articles about those stuff here on the blog.

My daytime work is  to work as a Web Developer on a Swedish company, but when I get home from work I like sitting down writing something. Sometimes I write a few chapters on a book project, and some other days I write some texts for my blogs. The common thing is that I really like writing. It’s a wonderful media for teach something, or to express how you are feeling, or to keep a journal how your training is going.

When programming at my day work, I have to follow certain rules. Everyone have their own style when programming, but there are some rules you have to follow in order to get the result you want from your code. When I come home and write for my books or my blogs, I can let my mind wander free. How the texts comes out depends on how I feel at the moment, but it’s a wonderful feeling when you really let your imagination take you to places you have never visited before.

I haven’t written that much here on this blog in a while, because I did aim to keep the texts on this website in certain fields, but I’m starting to feel that maybe I will start loosening up on that. Hopefully I will post some text about blogging, SEO and near by fields.

My new book about freelancing is out

My new book about Starting freelancing as a web designer is starting to sell over at Leanpub today. I have been writing on this book on and off for a few months now, so it feels good that it is finished now. It’s an easy to digest guide for the aspiring freelancer. Hopefully it will answer all your question about starting to freelance.

Read more about it here.

Head over to Leanpub and buy your ex of the book now. =)

Cover image of my new book Start Freelancing.

tutorial about making iOS games in Swift

I’m thinking about start making a tutorial serie about game programming in Swift with SpriteKit. It will be a quite basic serie about making a small game (some Flappy Bird’ish game) with SpriteKit. I’m not sure if I will make it in written format here in the blog or in video format on YouTube. What’s you thoughts about that?

Hectic is in the App Store

My new iOS game, Hectic, is now in the Apple App Store. It went through the review process without any problems on the first try.

As usual as soon as you go live with a new project, you get a lot of ideas about stuff that you want to change. So did I this time. I have a list with stuff that I will correct and change in an update that will come pretty soon. But if you install the game now, you will get a little notice in the app when the update is online, so you will not miss it.

I have also started to sketch a new game, that I will slowly start working on any day now.

Have a look at Hectic at the official website for the game, http://hecticthegame.com.

Fullscreen iAd’s in Swift games

Put together some code for showing fullscreen iAds in Swift games.

This is something I had some problems with before to get to work properly. So as soon as I solved the problem, i made a small project out of it and uploaded the project to my GitHub account.

You can take a look at it here.

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(And Yes, I have stolen this images from Apple’s site).

My new game is soon going live

Not so many new posts here in the blog, but working hard on several projects at the moment. In a few days I will go live with a new iOS game, named Hectic.

Its a small game that is quick to play, but surprisingly addictive once you start playing it. I have had the game out for bets testing a few days, and the response have been great.

You can see a short video of it below. I have changed some things in the game since recorded the video, but you can at lest get a little glimpse of it.

Book Review: The 7 Day Startup

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I have just finished reading a very interesting book. Its “The 7 Day Startup“, by Dan Norris.

Its a quite short book, ~200 pages, about launching up a profitable business in a week.

Dan Norris has been in the web design business for many years, and started up several businesses, but they have never really taken off like he wanted. In this book he describes how he had one week to start up a new business and make it profitable before he had to start making something completely different instead. When he started up WPCurve.com, which was a really big hit. The book tell his story, and gives a plan for what to do every day during the week of the launch. After reading the book you can get some nice resources on the website for the book too.

It’s an easy to read book, and it gives a lot of good information. It sure has changed my planing for my next big project. I’m not sure if I will make my launch in 7 days, but I have got some good points in planing my next launch from the book.

I can highly recommend this book for everyone thinking about launching some kind of business on the internet.