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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!

GPN 2017

Thu 25 May 2017 in talks

The Gulaschprogrammiernacht (GPN) was my first deliberate journey into the hacker community and I have since been working hard on forgiving myself for not having gone every single year before. It was great fun just randomly talkin to people about their ideas and projects, trying out more VR headsets, playing ...

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Codemotion Amsterdam 2017

Tue 16 May 2017 in talks

My first conference of 2017 brought me to my new favourite city, Amsterdam. There is very litte beating sitting at the canals on a warm May evening with a cold beer and good conversations.

So thanks to Codemotion for yet again organizing an excellent event and giving me the opportunity ...

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Essential Complexity is Essential

Thu 11 May 2017 in programming

(This article was featured on the blog of the International PHP Conference)

The premise of my talk "Rapid Prototyping with Domain-Driven Design" is that the two greatest foes of every software developer are a) uncertainty and b) complexity. Over the years, we have invented many tools and methods to fight ...

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Flaccid Democracy

Sun 18 December 2016 in misc

I must confess I was never much interested in politics, and therefore very grateful when I found the Wahl-o-mat which freed me from having to read the party platforms myself. I always viewed non-politic civic participation as the more effective, certainly more efficient way for changing society and have been ...

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More than Machines

Thu 15 December 2016 in zells

My opinion is probably more than a bit biased, but to me computers are incredible. Almost magical even. Like daemons from another sphere, all it takes is the right spell, and it will do your bidding (and like with these daemons, you have to be very careful which exact words ...

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