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

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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Computer Revolution

Fri 06 March 2015 in zells

I just came across Chris Granger's essay "Coding is not the new literacy" and although I strongly agree with his overall notion, I disagree with his premise "Being literate isn't simply a matter of being able to put words on the page, it's solidifying our thoughts such ...

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Building web applications with watoki

Thu 05 March 2015 in programming

I've been working for about a year now on a project named web application tool kit (short watoki) and thought if I ever want anybody besides me to use it, I better write about how.

watoki a collection of libraries that provide infrastructure commonly needed ...

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