Andrew Hughes, Software Developer in Anchorage, AK, United States
Andrew Hughes

Software Developer in Anchorage, AK, United States

Member since April 6, 2015
Andrew is a senior web app developer with 15+ years of experience and solid expertise with React, Node, and React Native as well as tons of SQL/NoSQL knowledge. He has performed complicated back-end API integrations for clients, including payment platforms like Stripe and PayPal along with InfusionSoft and WordPress. His extensive professional background also includes work with PHP, Laravel, Java, and Swift/iOS.
Andrew is now available for hire




Anchorage, AK, United States



Preferred Environment

PhpStorm, WebStorm, IntelliJ, Linux, OS X, GitHub

The most amazing...

...learning experience I've had programming was writing a custom word processing application with which I wrote two novels.


  • Freelance Software Engineer

    2017 - PRESENT
    TulsaIO (via Toptal)
    • Built a React Native mobile video chat application.
    • Developed Auth0-based password-less authentication.
    • Set up a Node.js API server.
    • Integrated with Stripe, Dwolla, Twiliio, and Auth0.
    Technologies: Stripe, Auth0, Twilio, PostgreSQL, Node.js, React Native
  • Owner/Software Engineer

    2001 - PRESENT
    • Developed Retreat Minder, a React/Node app that will assist in managing, planning, and finding contemplative retreats.
    • Created Call2Power: a ReactNative web application that uses location services and Google Civics API to help people contact their elected representatives.
    • Wrote StoryWriter, a custom word processing application that has an intuitive, tree-based project layout similar to a programming IDE, while writing my first book. I have written two books with it.
    • Built MixMaster, a Mac/OS X utility designed to be used with Native Instrument’s Traktor that uses a custom algorithm to sort songs by key and BPM.
    Technologies: Node.js, Redux, React, MongoDB, MySQL, PHP, Java, Swift, Cocoa, Objective-C
  • Freelance Mobile Developer

    2017 - 2017
    Colorado University (via Toptal)
    • Building a React Native mobile application that retrieved data from Tableau data servers and presented visualizations.
    Technologies: React Native
  • Freelance Software Engineer

    2016 - 2017
    FirstImage (via Toptal)
    • Rewrote and maintained a Laravel PHP back-end with heavy custom integration with WordPress, Stripe, Memberium, InfusonSoft, and PayPal.
    Technologies: WishList Member, Stripe, Infusionsoft, PHP, WordPress, Laravel
  • Freelance Software Engineer

    2016 - 2017
    Traveltar (via Toptal)
    • Built an iOS/Swift location aware mobile app.
    Technologies: Location Services, Swift, iOS
  • Senior PHP Developer

    2012 - 2017
    Sound Web Solutions
    • Migrated and maintained a website using Docker, Node, and WordPress Headless.
    • Debugged production PHP systems as needed.
    • Created WordPress plugins to customize GravityForms + PayPal checkout procedures.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon, WordPress, PHP
  • Senior Java Engineer/Java Server Engineer

    2015 - 2016
    Younity/Entangled Media
    • Created a Pub/Sub messaging system on Amazon AWS using with a Hazelcast back-end.
    • Assisted in managing a complex AWS server environment.
    • Refactored various older Spring API functions to more modern Spring.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Vert.x, Groovy, Spring, Java
  • Web Developer and Software Engineer

    2014 - 2016
    • Took over development of the Magento eCommerce website. Created a test server and a development Git branch to allow for a modern, professional workflow.
    • Created a completely custom sub-theme based on their design.
    • Wrote custom modules to integrate with other technologies including Capsule CRM.
    • Worked remotely by contract/hourly, communicating via email and phone and using Assembla to manage tickets and releases.
    • Managed Amazon AWS EC2 instances using Route53, a load balancer, and various RDS instances.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), PHP, Magento
  • Freelance Developer

    2015 - 2015
    Abaris (via Toptal)
    • Created a REST interface for a custom application API according to supplied specifications using Spring MVC and Jersey.
    • Extensively unit-tested and integration tested using test-driven development.
    Technologies: Maven, Jersey, REST, Spring, Java
  • Senior PHP Architect and Designer

    2013 - 2015
    • Modernized an existing CodeIgniter web application, taking over from a previous developer. Cleaned up numerous aspects of the application, applying OO and functional design paradigms as appropriate.
    • Refactored the payment system to use a custom-built Braintree payment library.
    • Designed and managed Amazon AWS server instances.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon, PHP, CodeIgniter
  • Web Developer/Software Engineer

    2013 - 2014
    Pulsar Web Works
    • Worked with HTML, CSS, PHP, and JavaScript in a web-application environment to assist in the delivery of client websites and applications.
    • Rewrote, in less than a week, a CodeIgniter codebase to be object-oriented, which to allowed for the proper integration of an payment system. Later, this refactoring paid off when the client asked us to change the payment system to Braintree—now that it was properly designed, the switch was easy.
    • Created an inventory update system that linked a windows XP machine running unsupported POS software to a Magento store by creating a Visual Basic script that read the database on the client side and pushed it to a custom Magento extension on the server side, where the inventory data was parsed and translated into Magneto objects, creating any new items on the fly, as necessary, as well as updating stock and price.
    • Updated and managed various Magento eCommerce stores.
    Technologies: Magento, Symfony, CodeIgniter, PHP
  • Software Engineer

    2012 - 2014
    University of Texas
    • Worked as a major contributor to build a Groovy mainframe to a UNIX interface processing a million transactions per month.
    • Migrated a build server running Jenkins, Nexus, Crucible, and Sonar from a failed hard disk to a new VM in three days.
    • Refactored the university’s self-service application, a proprietary legacy web application using a non-standard procedural technology, to use an OpenAM-based authentication system.
    • Designed and developed a custom library that interfaced a BonitaSoft webform application with UT’s business process layer, LDAP server, and Active Directory servers.
    • Developed a Groovy script to be run regularly that searched the University of Texas' various identity systems for user accounts that have not authenticated within the previous 15 months. The script included accessing Splunk records via a REST interface; directly querying the school's Active Directory domain via a Spring template; querying an REST interface for UT's implementation of OpenAM called UTLogin; as well as making broker calls to a mainframe module via a Java API.
    Technologies: Gradle, Maven, Nexus, Jenkins, Linux, Jersey, Spring, Groovy, Java


  • SmileMore React Native Cross-Platform Mobile App

    A video chat application that integrates Twilio, Stripe Connect, WebRTC technology, and Dwolla. It is a project that will be released for both Android and iOS. It has a Node back-end server that I also wrote that performs the integrations with the various services and uses PostgresSQL+Sequelize for data persistence.

  • Stripe/Laravel App Rebuild and WordPress Integration for FirstImage

    Rewrote a Laravel application for client FirstImage to bring the code up to functional, modern standards, and performed extensive back-end integration with WordPress, InfusionSoft, and Stripe.

  • Traveltar iOS Mobile App

    A location aware messaging app written from the ground up in Swift for iOS.

  • Call2Power React Native iPhone App

    iPhone app written in React Native that makes it dead simple for people to contact their representatives. Available on both iOS and Android.

  • Piano Temperament Assistant iOS Native iPhone App

    An iOS native/Swift iPhone app that helps piano tuners visualize harmonic partials and find beat rates for aural tuning.

  • MKFormAssistant

    A ReactBootstrap form helper that has an assistant class that handles common tasks like handling form state and validation, and some useful wrapper components that provide features like add-ons, markings for required components, help blocks, etc.

  • Retreat Minder

    Built a web app in Node/React/Redux that helps people plan and schedule meditative retreats.

  • Sonos Commuting Optimization Project

    Used Node to query Google Maps APIs to perform a study on the impact of moving headquarters locations on the employees of Sonos.

  • Custom WordPress Plugin for GravityForms + PayPal

    PHP/WordPress. Designed and built a custom WordPress plugin for Sound Web Solutions that allowed them to customize the information sent to PayPal during a GravityForms checkout procedure.

  • Revamped Velocitek Control Center

    Updated the OS X GUI according to client specs and debugged low-level C/C++ IOKit USB code to fix issues related to the control center connecting to and updating from a USB device (a GPS location recorder called Pro Start). Also debugged and fixed an issue that had broken their firmware updating capability on the OS X app.

  • Publish-Subscribe Messaging System

    Designed and implemented a stateless Pub/Sub messaging system using Java/Groovy and the platform. The system included automatic clustering and deployment on Amazon EC2 instances.

  • Custom Magento Module for PR Office Solutions

    PHP and Magento. The client required a highly customized order approval process that included modifying the order payment and approval flow, as well as creating custom admin and front-end UI elements.

  • Magento CRM Integration

    PHP and Magento. Created a module that integrated a CRM solution with PepPod's custom Magento website.

  • PepPod Site Rebuild

    PHP, HTML, CSS, Amazon AWS and JavaScript. Complete rebuild of PepPod's Magento eCommerce website. I worked with their designer and created a responsive custom sub-theme according to their design specifications. I also updated their build environment on Amazon AWS to include test instances for development and updated their overall development structure to professional standards.

  • Mac OS X Word Processing Application

    Mac OS X, Cocoa, Objective-C. While writing my first two novels, I also created a word processing application that inherently allows the user to break the book down into chapter/scene/section structure, and emphasizes simplicity and cleanliness over feature bloat.

  • Teensy/Arduino 16-bit Arduino Controller with Delta-sigma Modulation

    For an art project that required extremely smooth and slow low level fades, I custom designed a PCB board with 4 x TI TLC5971s (16-bit PWM LED driver) and wrote custom controller code that used delta-sigma modulation to dither the 16-bits for an extra few bits of resolution, depending on the speed of the processor. Because of the speed requirements, this project ran better on Teensy than Arduino, but the code was compatible with both.

  • Process Request Interface

    Rewrote a request interface for the University of Texas, translating older mainframe calls to a modern Java/Groovy REST API using Jersey and Spring. The API was a business process middleware that later sat between the Oracle database and the end-user web applications. Test-driven development and a full suite of unit tests and integration tests were developed while building the API. Newer functional Groovy features such as closures were included as appropriate.

  • Arduino-based Matrix LED Display/DJ Stand

    Created a 560-LED matrix grid using LED strips and custom coded LED animations and control software for use on a laptop DJ stand.

  • BonitaSoft Web Form Integration

    Java, Groovy, and Spring. Technical lead on a project to integrate a BonitaSoft web form BPM system for use in provisioning a new authentication system at the University of Texas. My role included researching potential solutions, assisting with the decision to use BonitaSoft, and writing a custom Java/Groovy library that simplified the interface between the BonitaSoft BPM software and the pre-existing UT middleware.

  • Use Magento If You're Serious About eCommerce (Publication)
    You've heard that Magento is the eCommerce platform to use if you're serious about your business -- and you're serious about your business -- so you've decided on Magento. But do you know what you're getting into? In this post, Toptal Software Engineer Andrew Hughes walks us through the difference between WordPress WooCommerce and Magento. While Magento is the expert’s eCommerce platform of choice, it’s not always the right solution, depending on your client.


  • Languages

    Java, JavaScript, Objective-C, PHP, Groovy, Swift
  • Libraries/APIs

    Stripe, Node.js, React, Google Geocoding API
  • Paradigms

    Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Continuous Integration (CI), Functional Programming, Unit Testing, REST
  • Platforms

    Magento, iOS, Nexus, Amazon Web Services (AWS), OS X, WordPress, Amazon, Twilio, Linux
  • Storage

    MySQL, Oracle SQL, MongoDB, PostgreSQL
  • Frameworks

    Laravel, React Native, Jersey, CodeIgniter, Symfony, Cocoa, Redux, Vert.x, Spring
  • Tools

    Git, Jenkins, Maven, Gradle, GitHub, IntelliJ, WebStorm, PhpStorm, Infusionsoft, WishList Member, Auth0, Adobe Photoshop
  • Other

    Location Services


  • Certificate in SEC 401: Computer Security Essentials
    2013 - 2013 -
  • BA Degree in Biochemistry
    1995 - 2000
    Rice University - Houston, TX


  • GIAC Security Essentials
    AUGUST 2013 - AUGUST 2017

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