Matthew Schlachter

About

This page contains a little bit of information about me and the apps that I make.

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About me

My name's Matthew, I was born in the pleasant town of Bow Island, Alberta and spent the first two years or so of my life living in Mexico. I'm currently living in Montreal (Quebec), where I moved a couple of years ago.

Me, dressed as Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, accompanied by a dog named Bo who is a Good Boy
This is me! (Not my dog, sadly) Yes, I can be a bit of a dork.

At the moment, I'm working as a Fullstack Developer at The Foundry, a really cool employer branding agency by the job search company Monster, where I've been working since March. Prior to this, I spent nearly a year and a half working as a Fullstack and Mobile developer for a startup called Beeye. Before Beeye I was doing volunteer work for my church for two years after having completed my Computer Science degree at Heritage College in Gatineau.

My weekdays are mostly occupied with work and spending time with my wonderful partner Leya, and my weekends are occupied with friends, swing dancing and church. I was introduced to swing dancing by my brother at the age of 13 and it quickly became a bit of an obsession. I don't go as often as I used to, but I still enjoy a good dance now and then. As for church, I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the better part of my life and continue to attend their services and to do service with them. I also enjoy playing the saxophone, baking delicious food, and assembling puzzles.

About my apps

When I was studying computer science at college, I often found myself waiting for buses without knowing when the next one would come; the posted times were unreliable and the text-in service to find out when the next one was going to come was rather inconvenient. I thus set about creating my first app, the STO Bus Finder, as a front-end for the existing text-in service for my own convenience and to ease the lives of those around me. Although there are now many more (and arguably better, I confess the abilities of my first app are rather limited) options, this first app of mine began my mobile development journey and continued to accumulate downloads on the Play Store up until recent changes to the Play Store's policies led to its removal.

I now work occasionally on my apps during my spare time, primarily motivated by the desire to improve people's lives. I've been through a few apps, but now try not to have too many at once (I feel like part of a good life balance is having different things for work and recreation, and I am a full-time programmer after all). The only app I still have up (the compliment giver) is focused on bringing happiness to people's life.

If you want to see more of my work, you can check out the project page on my old site (which hasn't been updated since mid-2018, so don't mind the broken links).