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Hi, I'm Ole Kröger and study computer science in Heidelberg, Germany. 
You're probably here because you read a blog article on OpenSourc.ES or watched a video on my new YouTube Channel but if not please check it out ;) 
Or are you one of the few people who watched me failing to code live on Twitch?
I do beginner friendly live streams there every week on Wednesday at 5 PM UTC for about 2 hours.

I learned quite a bit by coding stuff from scratch in Python and now I'm using Julia. Therefore I encourage you to start your own small project and start from scratch. Try to create your own library even if something similar exists already.

Until now I've built a Sudoku SolverSimplex Solver and currently coding a Constraint Solver. Besides that you also find some visualization posts on my blog and much more. My goal is to write down my progress and not just the end result as I think you can learn more that way.
I miss such blogs out there in the wild so if you know some please let me know.

Often it sounds too easy if I just read it but don't try it my own way. I hope I'm better at explaining it in some cases because some days ago I had the same knowledge as you and then I figured it out.

In machine learning for example it is more like: Oh yeah you can use this framework and change some parameters. But how does it actually work in the background? That's the goal for myself to dive a bit deeper and implement methods from scratch.

I don't claim that my projects are doing exactly what the libraries are doing or are as fast. Of course not! It's normally done in a week by just myself for the short posts. Now for the series of the constraint solver it actually takes months to program it but there is a lot to learn from it. The idea is to get behind the scene and look how to code stuff from scratch.

Why did I create the Patreon page? Well my expenses aren't big just around 50 USD per year for server costs and sometimes a bit hardware. Nevertheless I would like to make it a living. Yeah I know it is a long way but I'm here to reach it.

Thanks to my patrons I have achieved the goal of 5$ per month in Oct 2019. Now my next goal: I want to invest time into a new blog layout. Showing code on the side, maybe diffs of changes while you read the relevant part and speeding up the load time of the website.

- June 2020: I am using a static site generator called Franklin now with a layout designed from the start which has nothing to do with my previous layout anymore. 
I'll continue to implement new features for a unique blog experience there.

If you learned something in several of my blog posts I would really appreciate if you donate 1$ per month to keep this project going. For 4$ you're mentioned in every post and video you support. If you have some other ideas for tiers: Please reach out!
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Would love to invest time in speeding up the blog and having a more focused layout for a better user experience.
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