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About me: Martin Bless

It probably all began when I was very young. The whole family had to bring old alarm clocks for investigation. I wanted to know what made them work.


Early debugging session in 1956

Later I studied at the University of Münster, Germany, and became a Psychologist. I wanted to know how the human brain works. That turned out to be difficult. The upcoming new computers promised to be of some help. So I started learning programming with Fortran in 1974. We used punchcards and a IBM 1130 mainframe machine at that time. It had a digital interface to electronics and we conducted psychological realtime experiments in the areas of perception, physiology and problem solving.


Later on I was fascinated by the upcoming internet. “Dynamic webpages” was the buzzword around year 2000 and I was looking for a content management system. Somebody pointed me to Zope with the main effect that I fell in love with Python.

Around 2003 I heard of TYPO3 and two years later we went online with a large company website. That was my first TYPO3 project.

Since 2009 I started being active in the TYPO3 community. I’m a “Certified TYPO3 Integrator” and a member of the TYPO3 Documentation Team. I was heavily engaged in the work of migrating the official TYPO3 documentation from OpenOffice to ReStructuredText format.

Consider me a Python fan and TYPO3 enthusiast.



I am a freelancer living in Münster, which is in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.


Most of my work is centered somehow around TYPO3 these days. So, yes, I’m a TYPO3 Freelancer in particular.

logo-certified-integrator I’m a Certified TYPO3 Integrator

logo-t3a-bronze-member and a TYPO3 Association Member.

In Münster I’m a founding member of the TYPO3 Usergroup Münster since 2007 and I make sure it keeps meeting regularly on the second monday of the month.

I’m a member of the TYPO3 Documentation Team. I’m user marble at TYPO3 Forge.

Find me on Github. Get my public keys for SSH from here.

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I’m used to taking notes and documenting while I’m working. Some of these notes I’d like to have available for myself. Others are worth sharing.




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