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

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

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

Building complex software projects is almost always an iterative process. We rarely get to spend months designing and writing a complete project before releasing something to our users. This process

A few months ago I was looking into an easy way to set up recurring payments without building all the infrastructure on top of a payment processor like Stripe, Braintree,

When you're gainfully employed, it's easier to be a clear judge of a bad job than when you're desperate for your next paycheck. Fortunately for those of us in technical

Back in December Ryan Rhoten got in touch with me about being a guest on his podcast. Ryan's show features business professionals who offer advice, tell stories, and answer Ryan's

If you've made a resolution this year to learn a new skill, why not start with one of the most in-demand career wise? You may assume that to understand something

Last week I got my first article published in the Daily Muse. Here's a sample, but be sure to check out the link below for more: It’s hard for an

December 10, 2014

A while back I used the Government Jobs API for a sample project at a class I was teaching at Startup Institute. That was in Ruby, and they already included

Last week, Packback was invited to pitch at the Challenge Cup event hosted by 1776 and held at 1871. After the first round of one-minute pitches, we were invited back

On Friday, March 14th I'll be giving this presentation to the developers-in-training at StartupInstitute here in Chicago. In this presentation I'll be covering the basic terminology of object oriented programming,

I was invited to speak at the College Media Association's 2013 conference in New Orleans, so I wanted to publicly post my presentations for anyone who is interested. Feel free

College costs continue to rise and the income disparity between college and non-college educated people is at an all-time high.

I started working with The Graide Network in July, and since day one, we've had a seemingly endless list of tasks to tackle. That's a good thing for a startup

We’re in the middle of an unsustainable and growing bubble in the market for software engineering talent. History has given us a template for this kind of out-sized demand before,

Everyone wants to be more productice, but it can be hard to try something new if you’re not even sure where to start. I’ve found Kanban to be helpful for