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I'm Robert Lechte, an idealistic software developer who wants more humanistic technology and a fairer society. I'm not actually a DJ, and not to be confused with Robert Lechte the swedish handball player.

My interest areas/hobby-horses:

User interfaces

I want to build radically different user interfaces, that remove the divide between users and programmers. I want development environments and operating systems that are instantaneous, interactive, and fully, pervasively programmable.

I want inferfaces that don't constrain information artifically by trapping it within separate applications.

Democratic socialism

I want socialism and a classless society, and I think the best way to achieve that is by relentlessly pushing society's institutions to the left, rebuilding working class power through unions, and seizing all the capital into public ownership. PS bernie woulda won

Databases, particularly migration tools.

I'm building a radically different migration tool because I believe the existing tools suck. I'm also building a new service: CI for databases, to solve problems with database deployments. Register your interest.

Speaking publicly

I talk at conferences and meetups occasionally, my preferred topic is more humanistic software. I also talk about databases, and sometimes even politics.

date title conference location
2019-08-04
Instant-feedback, instant-debugging Python coding
PyCon Australia
Sydney
2018-01-25
Unions: Hacking society's operating system
linux.conf.au
Sydney
2017-09-08
Your database migrations are bad, and you should feel bad
PostgresOpen
San Francisco

Open source projects

I'm the creator of several open source software projects.

project description
migra
A schema comparison and migration tool for PostgreSQL
sqlakeyset
Multi-column, multi-direction offset-free paging library for sqlalchemy
logx
Zero-config best practice python logging
pgnotify
Easily listen and process PostgreSQL NOTIFY messages
autovenv
Automatic python version and virtualenv management
csvx
Better python csv file handling
sqlbag
Miscellaneous boilerplate for working with SQL databases

If you use these projects and would like to support their continued development, you can sponsor me on GitHub.

Don't get mad, get results

I've also helped develop and release results, a toolkit to make it easier to work with databases and tabular data.

Recent posts

I don't write as much as I would like.

title published
Trust an Australian on this: A Job Guarantee is a terrible idea
2019-03-05
Choose your examples carefully
2019-03-03
To think clearly about the problems of an ageing population, take off the ideological glasses
2017-04-27
The solution to the housing crisis is extremely simple
2017-04-23