Michael Melanson, Software Developer in Ottawa, ON, Canada
Michael Melanson

Software Developer in Ottawa, ON, Canada

Member since December 7, 2017
Michael is a software developer with several years of professional experience which includes building features and developing teams at Shopify and Amazon. Technically, Michael is extremely capable with robust knowledge of Ruby on Rails and React along with exemplary communication skills. Michael has also made some notable open-source contributions, including Shopify’s Liquid templating engine.
Michael is now available for hire


  • Copper
    Ruby, Ruby on Rails (RoR), JavaScript, Ember.js, Git, HTML
  • Shopify
    React, JavaScript, TypeScript, Ruby, Ruby on Rails (RoR), GraphQL, Shopify...
  • Amazon.com
    iOS, Swift, Objective-C, React Native, TypeScript, JavaScript, Java, REST, Git



Ottawa, ON, Canada



Preferred Environment

VS Code, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Rust, TypeScript, React

The most amazing...

...project was at Shopfify when I worked on an internal hackathon with a team and prototyped a new Liquid template renderer as a bytecode virtual machine.


  • Full-stack Staff Engineer

    2021 - PRESENT
    • Wrote an API Change Policy to govern the evolution of the company’s APIs. This policy created a consensus on the team around how to evolve the API, leading to streamlined planning of upcoming features.
    • Planned a transition from weekly releases to continuous delivery, which will greatly speed the company’s release cadence. The plan is approved by leadership and is scheduled for Q3 of this year, when I will lead the transition.
    • Designed an adaptive flow control algorithm based on TCP/IP Congestion Control to govern the ingestion of data from Sherlock (a newly-acquired company) into Copper’s systems. This enabled Copper to complete a major milestone in Sherlock’s acquisition.
    • Greatly improved the observability of the company’s Webhook delivery jobs for our operations and support teams. This has greatly improved our Support team’s ability to diagnose Webhook delivery issues.
    Technologies: Ruby, Ruby on Rails (RoR), JavaScript, Ember.js, Git, HTML
  • Senior Web Developer

    2018 - 2020
    • Built and shipped several features including leading the web development for purchase orders.
    • Managed and led the web development work of a project to port the transfers feature to React.
    • Mentored and onboarded team members to create the inventory web team as a founding member.
    • Managed an intern developer until their early promotion to full-time developer.
    • Built the parser/compiler of a prototype virtual machine-based Liquid renderer; this new engine is now in production and showing 4x-10x performance gains. My work "blew [the] mind" of the Shopify CEO.
    Technologies: React, JavaScript, TypeScript, Ruby, Ruby on Rails (RoR), GraphQL, Shopify, CSS, Git, HTML
  • Software Development Engineer II

    2016 - 2018
    • Implemented incoming message and call notifications to users of the Alexa application for iPhone. As a critical component of the core experience, my code executes at least several million times per month with few defects and operational issues.
    • Led a project to transition the communications features of the Alexa application to React Native, to allow faster iteration on a single codebase for iOS and Android.
    • Reduced unnecessary pages on the team's on-call practices by implementing suppression triggers—improving quality of life for on-call engineers by reducing night-time pages.
    Technologies: iOS, Swift, Objective-C, React Native, TypeScript, JavaScript, Java, REST, Git
  • Principal Software Applications Developer

    2015 - 2016
    • Served as a lead developer of IntelliTrust: the company's cloud-based authentication and authorization platform; designed the system’s service-oriented architecture and implemented its inter-service communication framework.
    • Designed and led the implementation of the project’s React-based front end.
    • Implemented a multi-tenant SAML identity provider that was capable of federated authentication with Google Apps, Office 365, Salesforce, and other SAML Service Providers.
    Technologies: Java, Swing, React


  • Riscy

    A software implementation of a RISC-V processor. It passes the compliance tests for the base instruction set and over 90% of compliance tests for three of the most common extensions. It's capable of executing simple programs compiled via GCC and Selfie (a simple RISC-V compiler for C).

  • Pinhole

    The web is great, but it was designed around showing hyperlinked documents. What if the web technologies were designed primarily for applications instead of documents and with the benefit of hindsight?

    This project implements a custom TCP-based network protocol, a server-side application development framework, and a desktop client.

  • Unnamed Kernel

    This project involved implementing the basic features of an operating system. I've written components such as UEFI loading, PCI discovery, physical memory management, heap allocation, system calls, graphical output, and partial support for disk access in this and other projects.


  • Languages

    TypeScript, GraphQL, HTML, Java, Ruby, JavaScript, Swift, Objective-C, Rust, CSS, C++
  • Frameworks

    Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ember.js, React Native, Swing
  • Libraries/APIs

  • Tools

    Git, VS Code
  • Paradigms

  • Other

    Software Development, Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, Simulations
  • Platforms

    Shopify, iOS


  • Bachelor of Computing Degree in Computer Science
    2004 - 2009
    University of Guelph - Guelph, Ontario, Canada


  • Amateur Radio (Advanced Qualifications)
    MAY 2002 - PRESENT
    Industry Canada

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