Nikolas.M@rtens.org

Software Engineer | Coach | Consultant

I'm Nikolas Martens. I build web applications, help people become better programmers, and deal with legacy systems.

I'm living in Berlin and am currently available for software consultancy, as a developer of web applications, for automated testing workshops and as personal software coach.

Software Engineer

I'm specialized in building lean prototype applications to test domain and market assumptions - nowadays called Minimal Viable Products. I can help you find out how good your idea is as quickly and cheaply as possible.

Coach

If you would like to become a professional software developer or if you already are but are looking for ways to improve you skills, then together we'll unlock your full potential in one-on-one coaching sessions, and make sure you can do your work with joy and pride.

Consultant

I advice individuals and teams to become more productive and content with their work by applying a mix of proven and modern software engineering best practices. I'm specialized on automated testing and working with complex legacy systems.

Latest Articles

In my blog, I philosophize about software, testing and my approaches to mostly technical topics.

A Time System for the Space Age

2018-05-03
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 comment about how - even centuries after populating Mars and the asteroid belt - people still used earth-based units to measure time such as days, months and years. As probably almost every software developer, I struggled more than once with the convoluted dominant time system of this planet, and this comment got me once again thinking about what an alternative might look like. » read more

On Principles

2017-07-16
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 of the few cyclists in this city that stops at a red light. Out of principle. » read more

Open Source Projects

Stuff I'm working on.

zells

The mssion of zells is to enable software literacy by making writing software easy and fun, and accessible to everyone.

groupcash

The goal of groupcash is to make it easier, cheaper and safer for anybody to run their own complementary currency.

domin

domin (domain model interface) is an administration interface for abstract Domain Models using the Command Object pattern.

dox

dox publishes executable specification in a human-friendly and easily browsable way.

watoki

The Web Application Tool Kit - a collection of libraries that can help you building lean, scalable web applications quickly.

mockster

mockster is a full-fledged, zero-configuration mocking framework for PHP.

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