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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!

A Time System for the Space Age

Thu 03 May 2018 in misc

I used last Christmas break to watch "The Expanse" which quickly became my favorite SciFi series with its incredibly realistic and inspirational vision of a humanity that has colonized the solar system. And it was one sentence in this show that struck an unexpected chord with me. It was a ...

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Everyone Should be Software Literate

Wed 25 April 2018 in zells

The YouTube recommendation algorithm recently put a video titled "Not Everyone Should Code" on my home screen and I got curious. Mostly concentrating on why everybody should become software literate for the last years, I wanted to know what their arguments against would be.

First off: it's a great ...

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On Principles

Sun 16 July 2017 in zells

In high school, I was oftentimes mocked for caring too much about principles. Saying things like "This is against my principles" or "I'm doing this out of principle" earns you quite bit of ridicule from fellow teenagers. And even today, I still get scoffed at when I'm one ...

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DPC 2017

Fri 30 June 2017 in talks

For my last conference of 2017 I travelled, as for the first of this year, to Amsterday to talk about Specification by Example (aka Behaviour-Driven Development) and the Dutch PHP Conference. I used to opportunity to revise the presentation and slides which you can find here.

Update: A video of ...

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IPC 2017

Tue 30 May 2017 in talks

I was very happy to get the opportunity to talk about Rapid Prototyping with Domain-Driven Design at the International PHP Conference in Berlin. You can find the revised version of my slides here. Unfortunately my agenda didn't allow me to attend many of the sessions but it was great ...

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