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Published on Sep 28, 2014
youpatch.com began as a hack in Racket to save my wife PatchAndi 10 or so hours of effort to turn an image of Groucho Marx into the design for a patchwork quilt, and evolved into a bootstrapped startup aimed at democratising the hitherto elite art of pixel quilt making. In this talk I recount the YouPatch story so far, discuss Racket's advantages for exploratory programming, and look at the options that face a creative programmer when (s)he comes up with an original idea.
Daniel has been programming creatively since his teenage years in the 1980s, starting with Turbo Pascal and Z80 assembly on a 64K CP/M machine, and most recently in Racket. In between he took his PhD in mathematics (specifically computational General Relativity) before crossing into software development and leadership, where he has worked in diverse areas, including: devising algorithms for staff scheduling, software for medical devices, educational software to teach critical thinking, and teaching and coaching Agile approaches to software development and business. Nowadays he divides his professional time between Agile/Lean coaching and more entrepreneurial endeavours, including YouPatch!