Laura Hughes

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Software Developer

I'm a frontend-focused web developer with five years of professional experience. I specialize in web-based tools that empower users of all backgrounds and levels of technical expertise to easily work with complex data.

I hold the title of Data Engineer at Athenahealth, where my passion is in quickly prototyping new software and modernizing old tools with beautiful and zippy frontend using AngularJS, jQuery, Bootstrap and whatever other new frameworks come my way! My advanced SQL skills are essential in navigating Athena's enormous data warehouse; my geeky love of data visualization with HTML5 and d3 are essential for finding the "story" in the data. Teaching myself to code in the early 2000s, I cut my teeth on Perl, so I'm able to quickly understand legacy backend tools.

As a full-stack software developer Millward Brown Digital, I wrote a fun, fresh, and relentlessly browser compatible frontend for market research surveys designed to reach all audiences from teenagers to senior citizens. Modern HTML5/CSS3, Javascript and jQuery features including drag and drop, animations, and mobile-friendly video gracefully downgraded to ensure usability on browsers ranging from the latest Chrome down to IE5, and phones ranging from the latest iPhone down to a 1990s-era Nokia. In addition to my work on the frontend, I was also responsible for start-to-finish full stack development of internal tools in PHP, including a survey editor that let users code questionnaires and a bidding system to gather and compare quotes from vendors.

Code Samples

I'm currently working on CivilSurvey, a survey frontend in Angular that is inspired by, but completely distinct from, my work at Millward Brown. New features are being added every day. My professional work remains under NDA, but if you'd like to judge my present skills for your needs, I'm happy to take requests for small evaluation projects.


When I'm not coding, I'm often found writing fun and romantic stories for young adults. My next project? An interactive novel, to be released in 2015.