Luxus Worldwide proudly presents: Jonathan Lundström, our newest developer extraordinaire. The young talent has just joined our team in Sweden, and we sat down to hear all about his coolest projects and favorite programming languages.
Hey Jonathan! How is it going?
Jonathan: Hey! I'm great, thank you. Things are really starting to ramp up after the holidays, which is great! I'm sure 2016 will be a really interesting and exciting year in many ways.
Great! Can you tell us a little something about your background?
J: Yes, certainly! I'm a 23-year-old Swede who has been working with web development professionally for the past five years. Besides that, I've been tinkering, designing and developing for as long as I can remember. I started out when I was only eight years old and am mostly self taught, something I consider a product of my curiosity.
After studying IT for three years, I was employed as a web developer by an agency here in Helsingborg. I worked there for approximately three years before leaving to start my own consulting company. Doing so I simultaneously worked with another company, developing an iOS app for the Helsingborg Marathon. Since the start of 2015 I've worked solely with my own customers and their projects.
And now I'm ready to join the international family of Luxus! I'm a part of the Swedish team, setting the course together with my colleague Markus. We'll be working on expanding the operations, compiling a great team on site, and of course producing great quality material for our customers. Needless to say, I'm pretty excited!
Seems that you have already done tons of cool stuff. What has been your favorite project?
J: Hmm… It's really hard to just pick one. I guess when it comes to work, the most exciting project I've been involved with has been the Helsingborg Marathon. There were just so many things that needed to be done, and so little room for error. I have also created a really cool advertisement system, as well as a monopoly style game for the web. My passion is to make things that really work; to deliver products that genuinely help the customer and make their work easier.
When it comes to personal projects, my favorite one has to be a custom built arcade machine that I did a couple of years back. It was a really fun and interesting project – I think even IKEA would approve of it! Currently I'm building a 3D printer from scratch, using other printers to manufacture the plastic parts required, and then buying the rest of the parts from all over the world. I'll make sure to leave it at the office when it’s ready so that people can play with it.
What are your expectations about working at Luxus?
J: I think working at Luxus will be a great experience. Not only do I get a lot of freedom and responsibilities, but I'll take part in building a great team here in Sweden. Having a team is something I really missed in the past few years, so this will surely be one of the top benefits. I'm also certain that I will learn a lot and improve in many areas, both personal and professional. In my opinion the opportunity to work together with the international offices, as well as the possibility of relocation are some of the major benefits of working at Luxus.
Can you identify any key trends within the web or software development space for the year 2016?
J: To me it seems that a lot of people have started understanding the power of the web. If there's one reflection I've made during the past year, it is that many customers have stopped asking for native applications. It's as if they're starting to realize the value of applications that are purely based on web technologies, since they can be accessed at any time, from any device. I think we'll be seeing a lot more requests for web services this year and forward. I also like that customers are now asking for their services to be developed API-first, as they should be. With Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 labeled deprecated and unsafe, the web should continue to prosper this year; developers can now start using Flexbox and other modern techniques without having to worry as much about old web browsers.
What are your absolute favorite programming languages and why?
J: I know a lot of people won't agree with me on this one, but I prefer to work with PHP. It's a really powerful language, even if it has a ton of quirks. But ultimately, which language hasn't? I usually work with frameworks such as Laravel or Lumen to build large scale applications on a solid foundation. Also, with the introduction of PHP7, we saw great improvements in compilation times and memory usage, as well as good language updates.
Other than PHP, I'd have to say that I really like to work with C#. It's a beautiful programming language, really well structured and thought through. I'd be using it much more frequently if I wasn't a hardcore Apple and Linux fan. It still hasn't fully transitioned over to those platforms, but the time will come.
Thanks for the chat, Jonathan – and welcome to Luxus!