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!

Tool Tyranny

Wed 15 October 2014 in programming

So Richard McIntyre (aka mackstar) created a BDD tool named ShouldIT (video) which led to a discussion between him and Konstantin Kudryashov (aka everzet), mostly comparing ShouldIT to Cucumber/Behat. For example in this gist.

Guess I'm jumping kinda late on the bandwagon here but I wanted to add ...

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Polyamorous TDD

Sat 26 April 2014 in programming

Three things happened during the last week that each increased my urge to write this article. The coincidence is almost uncanny.

  • Monday: over the easter weekend I finally built a tool I've been meaning to build for over a year.
  • Tuesday: I became responsible for releasing and quality of ...
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Small Steps (sudoku edition)

Thu 06 February 2014 in talks

After trying out live coding at the October meeting of the Berlin PHP user group last year, I tasted blood. So I decided to repeat it with a more complex problem.

At that point I remembered some articles discussing the pros and cons of TDD in the context of a ...

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Small steps at bephpug

Mon 07 October 2013 in talks

At the Berlin PHP user group last week I had two "firsts". It was my first time live-coding and I thought while I'm at it I could also do a "live" presentation on my hybrid tablet/netbook. Both went surprisingly well. And thanks guys for all your feedback.

The ...

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Developer skills

Sat 13 April 2013 in programming

While I'm not a fan of certifications and the sort, it's definitely helpful for a novice developer to have a scale to measure himself against. Something that answers the question "what do I need to learn?"

The guys from clean-code-developer.de do a decent job of defining stages ...

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