Karl Hughes

Technology team builder and startup enthusiast
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A few weeks ago I wrote a post for Codeship outlining our method for building a PHP command line application with Docker. Today, the second part of this series was

We make "explore vs. exploit" decisions all the time in software engineering. For example, if you were asked to build a new web application would you use a framework you

This is the fundamental disconnect between our hopes for teaching Computer Science and the reality of our education system: we can’t hire and retain good technology teachers until we compensate

I've been doing a lot of searching for a simple Docker hosting experience lately. I'm pretty committed to Docker Compose for running containers locally and Codeship for my continuous integration,

At The Graide Network, we needed to automate a bunch of reminder emails and text messages being sent to our users. Every hour, we wanted to go into the database

I wrote this post in 2012 for PostDesk. You can read the entire article on their archive. Imagine that you are preparing a dinner party, and you break one of

I tried out this remote development setup for about 6 months back in late 2015, but it just ended up being too painful to use the remote IDE all the

As a startup developer I'm always trying to strike a balance between pragmatism and optimization. Since publishing this in October, 2015 I've continued to come back to this checklist as

I can't tell you how many conversations I've had with entrepreneurs who fit into the Founder A or Founder B boxes at this point, but it's probably in the dozens.

Since I wrote this in September, 2015, continuous integration has become pretty much the standard for smaller, more nimble companies, and it's even making inroads at the enterprise level. The

Since publishing this post in August, 2015 I've become somewhat fanatical about getting my company's employees, my wife, and my family to use the internet securely. Data breaches are very

There’s not going to be a bailout for the next financial crisis because the federal government already owns the bad debt. 40% of federal student loans are given to parents

Hiring software engineers hasn't gotten any easier or cheaper since I posted this in June, 2015. I've always been interested in the recruiting space, and I continue developing open source

We've gotten to make some huge improvements to the tech stack at The Graide Network over the past year, but one of the things I'm most proud of is our

I first wrote about this three years ago when I had just given up alcohol. At that time, it was part of a burgeoning asceticism. I had given up meat,

April 17, 2017

Since writing this in 2015, I've only become more convinced that more startups need to start without a developer. Premature automation and optimization is a huge time suck, and developers

I first published this post in May, 2015, but Clean Code is timeless. If you're new to programming, read it because it's a great primer. If you're experienced in programming,

When I first published this in April, 2015, we were trying to obsessively estimate our projects at Packback. Looking back, this was premature. The truth is, we should have simply

Two years ago I read Peopleware for the first time and wrote this blog post. That book was the most inspiring engineering leadership material I had read, and it's still

I first started using Trello and published this post in January, 2015, and since then I've used Trello exclusively as my engineering team's project management system and my personal to-do