Well, as you might already know: My name is Martin. I'm living with my girlfriend and our little son in Bonn, Germany. While I lately spend most of my time beeing a father I also like to read, go for a walk or hike, take pictures, listen to all kinds of music and develop websites. Sometimes, I manage to combine some of those things.
Web development & work
I never thought of making a career as a webdeveloper when I startet to learn HTML in the summer of 1998. But never losing the fun building sites in my free time while studying made me confident that I should give it a try. So I ended up beeing a frontend developer with a degree in applied informatics. Since then, I've been working on backend applications for healthcare providers as well as europes biggest website for recipes, chefkoch.de.
Apart from the actual work as a developer, I've been working as teamlead and spend quite some time organizing and simplifying processes within the development-team. That includes as well the cooperation between project management, design-teams and developers. I'm a big fan of Scrum and certified as Professional Scrum Product Owner I.
After starting to make a living of my biggest hobby, there was the need for a new one. Since have always been interested in documenting my life and travels and being generally interested in technical things, choosing photography as a hobby was quite obvious. Bringing the technical (the camera and its settings) and non-technical elements (finding a composition) together brings me a lot of joy. If you're interested in my pictures have a look at my personal blog where I post some of them from time to time.
I love to read. I love to read about thrilling adventures and crime stories. Sadly, I somehow can't concentrate on technical literature that is longer than your average internet article. Reading helps me relax. Although I have to force myself from time to time to read slowly, I can dive deeply into a story and picture scenes and landscapes right in front of me.
Over the last years I've collected a lot of books on the shelves in my living room and I'm just in the process to re-read all of them. I'm going to keep the ones I like - the rest will be donated.