About / Résumé

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My name is Martin Tepper, and I’m a Software Developer living in Berlin, Germany.
Currently I’m on a sabbatical, trying to recharge my batteries and trying out new things, like practicing my writing here.
But what I do best is web-based software development.

Previous positions

2012-2019CTO for www.hotel-mssngr.com
TechRuby on Rails, Sinatra (for the API), jQuery (mobile, the framework), Ansible, and all the other full-stack ingredients of a “classic” write-heavy MVC CMS with a read-heavy API and lots of in-house clients and a vast array of features
ResponsibilitiesLots: Coding, Architecture, Team Lead, Project Management, Mentoring, Task estimation, Deployments, Infrastructure, Provisioning, Tooling, Documentation, Backups, Monitoring, Analytics, Scaling, Dependency Management, External provider liasion.
RemarksThis is where I “leveled up” multiple times in a lot of areas and came to own a complete system inside and out. Thanks for the opportunity, guys!
2012-2011Developer for “Hitfox” game shopping platform (which pivoted away from that and became an incubator later)
TechRuby on Rails, “Spree” Shopping framework
ResponsibilitiesMostly coding various extensions to and working around the Spree framework, “normal” Rails backend-frontend development
RemarksMy first time in a high-powered VC-backed startup. Intense.
2011-2007Lead developer at Travel IQ (now sadly defunct)
TechRuby on Rails, homebrewed “Parser” framework in Ruby
ResponsibilitiesDeveloped dozens of “Parsers” (i.e. API clients and web scrapers) to aggregate travel data. Some architecture work, and lead for a team of students also working on the parsers.
RemarksMy first job out of university. I was such a greenhorn 🙂

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Media Technology from the University of Applied Sciences in Emden
  • Native German, fluent English

Work examples

Unfortunately, most of my professional work is owned by someone else, lost in time, or thoroughly obsolete. I never had much time to engage much in FOSS development. What I did do publicly can be seen on Github:
https://github.com/MGPalmer
I’m a little proud of this little library: https://github.com/Promptus/masterplan
I was also occasionally trying to be helpful on Stack Overflow: https://stackoverflow.com/users/249760/m-g-palmer

Strengths

  • I consider the actual code itself (while often fun to write) a means to an end, and prefer to first look for other ways to solve problems, or to use something off-the-shelf. While I’ve worked mostly with Ruby (I just love the language) and Rails, I always try to find the best tool for the job (and budget, team, time constraints, etc…)
  • I like to keep a steady pace and work in a structured and organized way (which is why I’ve also got a lot of project management experience). What I build usually works well and keeps working, though it might seem slower to come to fruition.
  • I like to think I’m not only a developer but a problem solver, and can work independently and thoughtfully as long as I’m familiar enough with the (business) context. Give me a problem and the resources, and the problem will go away.

Weaknesses

  • Sometimes I get stuck on a particular solution or approach to a problem, often because I found a clever way to do something. And even though I usually have a gut feeling that something simpler would be better, it often takes someone else to argue me around. It really helps being in a team…
  • Related to that, I appreciate a culture of open discussion and idea-sharing – but in a friendly and relaxed way. I find it hard to stand by my opinions when arguments get heated and personal…I need to work on that.
  • Also, a calm work environment is key to productivity and happiness – I can’t function for long with constant interruption.

Hobbies and such

  • I do appreciate writing – I’m an avid reader and now trying to improve my own writing.
  • I’ve been playing the guitar for a long time – if you’re brave, check out some stuff some pals and me recorded when we were in school: https://soundcloud.com/mgpalmer Working on some new things now 🙂
  • I like to ride my bicycle everywhere in Berlin and my motorcycle everywhere else. Don’t like cars much. Hate flying.
  • For some years, I’ve been a hobby blacksmith, making household things out of steel with a friend (who’s been teaching me and also has the actual smithy…my apartment neighbours probably won’t appreciate me setting up a forge on my balcony) who’s a metal-sculpting artist and all-around good people, check out his work: http://werners-esse.de
  • Apart from that, I enjoy swimming, /computer|board|card/ games, cooking and/or eating a good meal, and a beer or two

Mail me

mgpalmer [teh olde at signe] monogreen dot de

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