Christopher Scott, Developer in San Ramon, United States
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Christopher Scott

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Full-stack Developer

San Ramon, United States
Toptal Member Since
June 16, 2022

Chris is a senior full-stack engineer with 7+ years of experience building web apps for early-stage startups and robust enterprise SaaS software. He specializes in Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL, and MySQL, primarily focusing on back-end development, integrations, and API design. Chris is an expert in creating user-facing production web applications and internal tooling, and he is willing to embrace new challenges and help other businesses evolve and succeed.


Ruby, Ruby on Rails (RoR), PostgreSQL, Redis, RSpec, Heroku...
Ruby on Rails API, Ruby, Chef, Docker, Apache Airflow, MySQL, RSpec, GitHub...
Ruby on Rails (RoR), JavaScript, jQuery, RSpec, PostgreSQL...




Preferred Environment

MacOS, Vim Text Editor, Slack, Jira, Lucidchart, GitHub, Heroku, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Postman, Docker

The most amazing...

...solution I've worked on is an internal tool for Airbnb that saved them over $200 thousand per month in operational costs.

Work Experience

Senior Software Engineer

2020 - PRESENT
  • Rebuilt several mission-critical legacy systems, keeping feature parity and facilitating smooth transitions for each.
  • Solved complex database performance problems with query optimization, schema changes, and partitioning strategies. Migrated large-scale tables and optimized for future scale.
  • Oversaw a complete redesign of the deployment pipeline, shortening release cadence from bi-weekly to daily and allowing down timeless deployments.
  • Led discussions on design principles, acting as a Ruby on Rails and PostgreSQL domain expert for other team members.
Technologies: Ruby, Ruby on Rails (RoR), PostgreSQL, Redis, RSpec, Heroku, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Resque, JavaScript, jQuery, API Design, REST, Test-driven Development (TDD), SQL, Ruby on Rails API, Git, Agile

Software Engineer

2018 - 2020
  • Owned an internal application that automated the worker lifecycle management of all Airbnb's contract call center agents.
  • Delivered a complete rewrite of the application, adding full test coverage and fixing critical bugs.
  • Gathered requirements from cross-team stakeholders, documented previously implicit specifics for the application, and codified specifications into automated tests.
Technologies: Ruby on Rails API, Ruby, Chef, Docker, Apache Airflow, MySQL, RSpec, GitHub, Git, Jira, API Design, Test-driven Development (TDD), Agile, Redis, Amazon Web Services (AWS), LDAP, Ruby on Rails (RoR), PostgreSQL, REST, SQL, Sidekiq

Software Developer

2017 - 2018
  • Downscaled an expensive architecture, boosting performance and saving on high monthly cloud provider costs.
  • Built the extract, transform, and load (ETL) pipeline and tooling for the data team to help with customer data analysis.
  • Conducted user interviews and UX testing, incorporating feedback into project planning.
  • Oversaw deployments, bug fixes, and the development of new features.
Technologies: Ruby on Rails (RoR), JavaScript, jQuery, RSpec, PostgreSQL, Test-driven Development (TDD), Heroku, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Sidekiq, Redis, Ruby, REST, SQL, Git, Agile

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Dev Bootcamp


Ruby on Rails API, Sidekiq, Resque, jQuery


Vim Text Editor, RSpec, Git, Postman, Slack, Jira, Lucidchart, GitHub, Chef, Apache Airflow


Ruby on Rails (RoR)


Ruby, SQL, JavaScript


REST, Test-driven Development (TDD), Agile, Agile Software Development


MacOS, Heroku, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker


PostgreSQL, MySQL, Redis


API Design, LDAP

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