Hi there,

I'm Nikolas Martens, freelancing Software Engineer, and this is my blog. I hope it contains something interesting for you. Enjoy the read!

The Problem with Money

Wed 10 February 2016 in misc

For a long time I've been having the faint feeling, that something is fundamentally wrong with money. With the way it's created, the way it's used, the way it drives our actions. I could never quite put my finger on it but the feeling was always there ...

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Bhutan Part One

Sun 17 January 2016 in travel

Two weeks ago, I packed my bags, got on a plane and flew to the small kingdom Bhutan in south-east Asia, where I'm gonna stay for the next six months. So mostly for keeping track of my time here myself, I want to write about it every once in ...

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Science-Driven Development

Mon 14 December 2015 in programming

Ever once in a while everything seems to fall into place and suddenly the connection between previously unconnected dots becomes obvious. During the last couple of days, I've had such a moment. In this article I describe the reasoning behind my conclusion that The Lean Start-Up, Agile Development, Specification ...

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FrOSCon 2015

Tue 25 August 2015 in talks

Last weekend, it was the 10 years anniversary of FrOSCon and I got the chance to present "The pyramid is a lie" - a talk about multi-level testing inspired by Konstantin Kudryashov's talk Modelling by Example. You can find the slides here and you can rate the talk here.

As ...

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DPC 2015

Wed 01 July 2015 in talks

Last weekend I had the extraordinary pleasure of presenting my talk on Template Animation at the Dutch PHP Conference. If you happened to attend: thanks for showing up although it was the first slot after the social event =) and also: I'd appreciate your feedback.

The conference was extremely well ...

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