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meet team huggg – engineering

Want to meet our awesome engineering team?

Here’s the second instalment in our ‘introduce the team’ series designed to give you a bit of insight into life at huggg HQ. Everyone has been asked the same 5 questions, but all the answers are pretty different. So what is it like working in a tech startup? And what do all these people do? What are their favourite emojis? ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ—ผ

In this installment there’s a chance to meet the people that get their hands really dirty under the hood of huggg ๐ŸŽ the amazing minds ๐Ÿง  that built the app and make it work. We are staggered by what these guys achieve ๐ŸŒช on a weekly basis and hopefully, you are too.

Want a chance to ask some questions? Details on our Instagram Q & A at the bottom ๐Ÿ‘‡

 

What’s your name and where do you come from?

Emily, I was born in London but grew up in Cambridge

What’s your job title here at huggg? ๐Ÿ–ฅ
Senior Developer

Tell us 5 things that your job entails…ย  we want to know more ๐Ÿค”
Like most tech companies, we have a bunch of big servers that do most of the complex stuff, like handling payments and remember who’s huggged who. My job involves:

๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Keeping those servers online, secure and up-to-date

โŒจ๏ธ Writing the code that we run, to ensure when you huggg someone, the correct things happen

๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ Jumping in and investigating if anything goes wrong (this doesn’t happen often!)

โš™๏ธ Writing and maintaining our internal system, so that the boring admin systems are a little bit less boring

๐Ÿ“ˆ Planning and developing methods to ensure that, as we get more and more dedicated hugggers, our systems can keep up with the huggg love

Do you remember the first time you were #huggged? ๐Ÿ’›ย 
It was actually before I’d properly joined huggg – my partner found the app and sent me an ice cream from Swoon Gelato ๐Ÿงก The message was “Emily you are the best ๐Ÿ˜˜.”

If you could send a huggg to anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and what would your message ๐Ÿ“ฑ say?
Dennis Ritchie – he created the “C” programming language and was one of the key developers of Unix. The vast majority of modern computing systems are based on those breakthrough technologies. I’d say: “Another late night coding? Have a coffee to keep you going!”

And finally, if you had to use an emoji to describe yourself which one would it be?

๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ (I don’t know what that says about me! ๐Ÿ˜›)

 

What’s your name and where do you come from?

Andres Ramirez, Honduras

What’s your job title here at huggg? ๐Ÿ–ฅ
Senior Developer

Tell us 5 things that your job entails…ย  we want to know more ๐Ÿค”
๐Ÿ’Œ Focused on iOS iMessage app

๐Ÿ‘€ Check app on the smallest and largest phone constantly

๐Ÿ” Work with coworkers to come up with high-level approaches to solve our weekly features/problems

โณ Making sure that what I do today makes sense 6 months from now

๐Ÿ“ฑ Send and use the huggg app myself

Do you remember the first time you were #huggged? ๐Ÿ’›ย 
Hugged by Ashley 7 months before becoming an employee. I answered a design survey. I got a coffee!

If you could send a huggg to anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and what would your message ๐Ÿ“ฑ say?
Oh, so corny. My friend/partner/wife. I send her hugggs often โ€œJust because …โ€

And finally, if you had to use an emoji to describe yourself which one would it be?

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What’s your name and where do you come from?

Barry Rhodes, from Cornwall

What’s your job title here at huggg? ๐Ÿ–ฅ
Senior Full Stack Developer

Tell us 5 things that your job entails…ย  we want to know more ๐Ÿค”
โ˜•๏ธ Some of my time is spent chatting over coffees with design / UX bods, who do all the hardest work of figuring out how to present a solution to a real-life user. I then spend time reading how other people have turned similar things into code before

๐Ÿค” A big chunk is thinking about how to solve a new problem in a way a computer can understand. Like taking drawings/prototypes and ideas and turning them into code

โŒจ After that, another big chunk is typing punctuation into a text editor with enough accuracy that that *apps* come out of the end. This is actually a much smaller chunk than the thinking bit

โš™ This is then followed by fiddling with what I typed, to try and find whyย it’s not quite right and how to betterify it

โœจ Finally, I spend some time trying to simplify and tidy what I’ve done so that other humans can understand it and not just computers!

Do you remember the first time you were #huggged? ๐Ÿ’›ย 
It was on the way to my first day of work at huggg. I got a coffee at Friska from my new boss!

If you could send a huggg to anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and what would your message ๐Ÿ“ฑ say?
To my Wife. It would say “here’s a cake for you.” She likes cake. And I like her.

And finally, if you had to use an emoji to describe yourself which one would it be?

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What’s your name and where do you come from?

Dan from Bristol!

What’s your job title here at huggg? ๐Ÿ–ฅ
Codemonkey (or Senior Developer)

Tell us 5 things that your job entails…ย  we want to know more ๐Ÿค”
โŒจ Typing furiously

โ˜• Drinking copious amounts of coffee

๐Ÿ’ป Acquiring as many monitors as possible

๐Ÿคฏ Banging a multitude of programming languages and tools together until they get on and behave properly

๐Ÿฅ Trying really hard not to drum on my desk in the office (this is the main reason I wfh most days)

Do you remember the first time you were #huggged? ๐Ÿ’›ย 
Very early, when huggg was cuddly and purple. Ashley (my partner and the then-new huggg product lead) sent it to me because she was trying to work out how it all worked! I think the message was “test.” And they say romance is dead!

If you could send a huggg to anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and what would your message ๐Ÿ“ฑ say?
Good question! I’d love to send (sadly long-passed) tenor sax player Jimmy Skidmore a huggg to say thanks for the inspiration; I might not be playing today without him.

And finally, if you had to use an emoji to describe yourself which one would it be?

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What’s your name and where do you come from?

Alex McCabe, from Plymouth

What’s your job title here at huggg? ๐Ÿ–ฅ
Full Stack Developer

Tell us 5 things that your job entails…ย  we want to know more ๐Ÿค”
๐Ÿ•ต Solve problems – solve problems. Whether this is as simple as figuring out how a user should interact with a screen on the application, or more complicated algorithms that calculate whether we should show specific map pins for your location, and lots more

๐Ÿค“ Iโ€™m also pixel perfect. In development, things that appear simple (like lining up the edge of text to the image below it) can sometimes be unexpectedly hard, and I notice when things donโ€™t line up. This is something that many people may not pick up on, but subconsciously it makes the app feel more polished. Because someone has obsessed over this tiny little detail

โŒจ Development often involves getting something to a point of working, then completely restructuring what youโ€™ve just written. It may work, but itโ€™s not โ€œprettyโ€, it can be fragile and it may not even make sense in 3 months

๐ŸŒ  Learning. Iโ€™m forever learning. If Iโ€™m not learning I donโ€™t really feel like Iโ€™m progressing myself, or whatever Iโ€™m building, to a higher level. I know how much I donโ€™t know, and thatโ€™s both intimidating and inspiring

๐Ÿ‘“ I spend more time than you may think not actually typing anything at all. Spending some time to sit back, or to go for a walk is invaluable. Even if itโ€™s just a couple minutes, it can really help to mull things over in my head and formulate a โ€œplanโ€ on how to attack the issue currently at hand. You may have heard of being in the zone, and this is all part of keeping that going

Do you remember the first time you were #huggged? ๐Ÿ’›ย 
Ashley and it was “Welcome to huggg”

If you could send a huggg to anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and what would your message ๐Ÿ“ฑ say?
Neil deGrasse Tyson, he’s a good egg.ย  The message would say, “Just keep on sciencing.”

And finally, if you had to use an emoji to describe yourself which one would it be?

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We’re doing a Q&A

Want a direct line to the product and development team? You are in luck! Head over to Instagram and send us your questions๐Ÿค” We’ll have a Q&A on Friday 1st March where Barry, a Senior Full Stack Developer, will answer everything he can.

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