Hello, again!

Max und Martin
Max and me, January 2020.

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.

It actually never got boring. In the past 20 years I've been working on a lot of sites of different sizes using all kinds of technology. Although I have always explored a lot of topics besides frontend development, learning about SEO, Microservices, Docker, CI and CD, caching-strategies or server-administration was never as much fun as building websites with HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

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.

Taking pictures

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.

Reading

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.