Inventing on Principle – Presentation by Bret Victor

Here’s a wonderful presentation by Bret Victor @worrydream talking about the “principle” that he follows throughout his work, as opposed to following a “passion”. With regard the previous post about developers been great teachers Bret’s a wonderful example of this 🙂

Bret’s principle is that he wants “creators to have an immediate connection to what they are creating” i.e. if they make a change they can see it instantly. If we think about that in context to programming (and especially teaching children) it’s a very powerful principle. That is, the creator can see what they are creating and a modification to it is an instantaneous, visual piece of feedback.

What I love about this presentation is he’s using live coding to demonstrate this and it’s probably best to just start watching to see what he means …

Bret Victor – Inventing on Principle from CUSEC on Vimeo.

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