Usman Ali, Developer in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Usman Ali

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Software Developer

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Toptal Member Since
June 26, 2020

Usman is a talented developer who has been architecting applications on a wide range of government and global projects for eight years. He is passionate about valuable UX and enjoys crafting simple and effective solutions for complex problems. He is well-versed in JavaScript, React, Python, and Django. Usman's work has helped streamline and ease business solutions, bring in new clients, expand company offerings by updating platforms and processes, and resolve tough usability and design issues.


Modern Animal Inc
React, CSS, HTML, JavaScript, Contentful, Gatsby, Email
JavaScript, React, TypeScript, Redux, Recoil, React Apollo, Vue, Vuex...
React, Firebase, Full-stack, Cloud Firestore




Preferred Environment

Asana, Slack, Windows, MacOS

The most amazing...

...project I've had is YieldX, a design system I built from scratch.

Work Experience

Front-end Developer

2023 - PRESENT
Modern Animal Inc
  • Leveraged the Gatsby framework to build a performant and scalable web application. Gatsby is known for its speed and efficiency in generating static websites.
  • Implemented new features to the website, introducing enhancements or functionalities to improve its capabilities and better meet user needs.
  • Improved website design by overhauling design elements, including visual aesthetics, layout, and user interface improvements. This involved refining the overall look and feel of the site for an enhanced user experience.
  • Integrated Contentful, as a headless CMS, to manage and deliver content to the website.
  • Addressed and resolved various bugs and issues within the project to enhance its overall stability and user experience.
  • Updated website typography by updating fonts, contributing to an overall improvement in the visual identity and readability of the content.
Technologies: React, CSS, HTML, JavaScript, Contentful, Gatsby, Email

Self-employed Developer

2012 - PRESENT
  • Created reusable components based on React, TypeScript, MUI, styled-components, and Bootstrap and built a pixel-perfect, responsive UI and design system.
  • Collaborated and worked with back-end engineers to build a data services RESTful API.
  • Developed products from scratch or extended existing projects using a variety of full-stack technologies for both front and back end.
  • Focused on the unit and E2E tests to increase code coverage utilizing Jest, PyTest, testing library, Cypress, and Enzyme.
Technologies: JavaScript, React, TypeScript, Redux, Recoil, React Apollo, Vue, Vuex, Material UI, Styled-components, Node.js, Express.js, Python, Django, PostgreSQL, Jest, Unit Testing, Redux Toolkit, HTML, Web3, Datadog, Full-stack, Back-end, MongoDB, Angular, User Interface (UI), Web Design, MEAN Stack, GitHub, Docker, Firebase, Webpack, Database Management Systems (DBMS), DevOps, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Flutter, Dart, Ionic 4, Heroku, Vanilla JS, Ruby on Rails (RoR), NoSQL, JSON/XML Schemas, PDF

React/Firebase Developer

2024 - 2024
  • Delivered new features using a modern front-end development stack (React and TypeScript) for a user-friendly and maintainable platform.
  • Integrated secure data storage and access controls within the platform using Firebase.
  • Ensured platform reliability and data integrity by resolving critical bugs.
  • Optimized workflows and implemented user-friendly enhancements to improve user experience.
Technologies: React, Firebase, Full-stack, Cloud Firestore

HubSpot Developer

2023 - 2024
Education Farm
  • Designed and developed six critical web pages, including the homepage, courses, our story, contact, and faculty, ensuring a cohesive and visually appealing user experience.
  • Leveraged HubSpot CMS to seamlessly integrate website content and REST APIs, improving overall site functionality and ensuring efficient content management.
  • Implemented REST APIs to fetch and display dynamic content on the website, such as real-time data updates or external service integrations, enhancing user engagement.
  • Worked closely with the design team to bring Figma-based mockups to life, translating design concepts into a functional and aesthetically pleasing website.
Technologies: HubSpot, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Figma

Developer (via Toptal)

2023 - 2023
Nicholas Weeks
  • Developed and implemented a robust and scalable RESTful API for the Agricultural Automation Framework project, facilitating seamless communication between various devices and the core framework.
  • Designed and delivered a user-friendly and responsive website using React, enhancing the user experience and providing a visually appealing interface for clients to interact with the Agricultural Automation system.
  • Utilized Node.js to build and maintain server-side logic, ensuring efficient data processing and real-time updates for the connected devices within the framework.
  • Integrated MySQL databases to store and manage data efficiently, optimizing data retrieval and storage operations for improved system performance.
  • Developed comprehensive documentation for both the API and website, providing clear guidelines for usage, troubleshooting, and future development, contributing to improved project maintainability.
  • Conducted thorough testing, identifying and resolving bugs and issues to achieve a high level of system reliability and stability.
Technologies: React, MySQL, Python, REST APIs, Node.js, Electronics, Raspberry Pi, Arduino

Senior Full-stack Developer

2022 - 2022
The Tiger Clan NFT
  • Developed and implemented smart contracts using Solidity, resulting in a seamless and secure transaction process for the Tiger Clan NFT platform.
  • Spearheaded the integration of Web3.js to enable seamless interaction between the blockchain and front end, improving the user experience and platform functionality.
  • Led a team of developers in the creation of a responsive and user-friendly React-based front end for the Tiger Clan NFT website.
  • Participated in agile development processes actively, including daily stand-ups, sprint planning, and retrospectives, fostering a collaborative and productive work environment.
Technologies: React, Node.js, Web3, Solidity

Full-stack Developer (via Toptal)

2022 - 2022
Rapidly Financial Inc
  • Utilized JavaScript, React, and Node.js to architect and build responsive and user-friendly interfaces, significantly enhancing the overall user experience and engagement on the no-code solution.
  • Engineered seamless API integrations, ensuring smooth communication and data flow between different modules of the application, resulting in a cohesive and integrated user workflow.
  • Spearheaded the development of custom APIs, employing best practices and optimizing performance to meet the unique requirements of the no-code solution, ultimately enhancing its functionality and versatility.
  • Leveraged Ruby on Rails (RoR) to address specific back-end functionalities, enabling robust data handling and efficient processing for the migrated application.
  • Orchestrated Amazon Web Services to establish a scalable and reliable infrastructure for the no-code solution, implementing cloud-based solutions that enhanced the application's performance and scalability.
  • Developed and implemented a comprehensive migration plan for the existing application on, successfully transitioning it from a traditional code-based solution to a streamlined and efficient no-code platform.
Technologies: JavaScript, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Node.js, React, API Integration

React Front-end Developer

2021 - 2021
Studio Science
  • Developed the front-end of a marketing company's website and mobile application, aiming to assist in successfully launching their initial release.
  • Implemented RESTful APIs to efficiently retrieve and update data, reducing load time and enhancing overall website performance.
  • Developed responsive and visually engaging user interfaces for Studio Science's website using React.
Technologies: React, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, REST APIs

Front-end Developer (via Toptal)

2021 - 2021
Lessen Inc.
  • Led the development and successful deployment of new features, such as a dynamic user dashboard and interactive data visualizations, resulting in a 40% increase in user retention and a 15% boost in daily active users.
  • Collaborated with the back-end team to integrate Node.js and PostgreSQL functionalities, enhancing the scalability and efficiency of the application and reducing server response time.
  • Conducted regular code reviews and implemented best practices, resulting in a 25% decrease in the number of bugs and an 18% improvement in overall code quality, as measured by static code analysis tools.
  • Developed and maintained comprehensive documentation for front-end codebase, facilitating knowledge transfer among team members and reducing onboarding time for new developers.
Technologies: JavaScript, HTML, React

Front-end Developer (via Toptal)

2020 - 2021
YieldX Inc.
  • Spearheaded the design and implementation of dynamic and responsive user interfaces using React, JavaScript, and TypeScript, enhancing the overall user experience on the YieldX platform.
  • Integrated advanced data visualization libraries into the front end, transforming complex financial data into intuitive charts and graphs, improving users' ability to analyze investment portfolios.
  • Introduced modular component architecture, leading to a reduction in code redundancy and a more maintainable codebase, facilitating easier future feature additions and bug fixes.
  • Integrated third-party APIs to enhance the platform's functionality, resulting in expanded data sources and improved financial analysis capabilities for users.
  • Participated in Agile development cycles actively, contributing to biweekly sprint planning, stand-up meetings, and retrospective sessions, ensuring seamless coordination with cross-functional teams.
Technologies: React, JavaScript, TypeScript, Finance

Senior Front-end Developer

2020 - 2021
  • Created new product pages and reusable components based on React, TypeScript, Apollo, Redux, MUI, and styled-components. Worked with designers to build a pixel-perfect, responsive design system for the website.
  • Collaborated with back-end engineers to build data services and reduce bugs.
  • Redeveloped and extended an existing project using a variety of full-stack technologies.
  • Led the development of a design system using MUI, Storybook, styled components, and Nxt.
  • Defined unit and E2E tests for 100% code coverage, employing Jest, React testing library, and Cypress.
Technologies: Redux, React, Express.js, JavaScript, Node.js, TypeScript, Material UI, Bootstrap, Styled-components, Recoil, XState, Storybook, GraphQL, React Apollo, Fintech, Next.js, Jest, Unit Testing, Redux Toolkit, HTML, Documentation, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Java, MySQL, Spring Boot, Full-stack, AWS Lambda, Back-end, MongoDB, Angular, Front-end, MEAN Stack, Technical Leadership, GitHub, Firebase, Database Management Systems (DBMS), DevOps, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Flutter, Team Leadership, Heroku, Ruby on Rails (RoR), NoSQL

Project Coordinator

2017 - 2020
Hewlett Packard
  • Maintained and monitored project plans and schedules ensuring project deadlines were met.
  • Collaborated with key HP teams to elevate and resolve critical issues undertaking project tasks.
  • Offered remote support of on-site engineers and end users and customers installing or updating, configuring, testing and maintaining software applications, and web servers.
Technologies: Django, Python, React, JavaScript, HTML, Full-stack, Technical Leadership, GitHub, Firebase, Database Management Systems (DBMS), DevOps, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Flutter, Ruby on Rails (RoR)

Software Developer

2012 - 2012
  • Resolved technical issues and provided excellent customer experience.
  • Collaborated with peers and technical associates to resolve problems.
  • Cooperated with field engineers on both support and scheduled maintenance tasks.
Technologies: JavaScript, PHP, HTML, Full-stack, GitHub, Docker, Firebase, Database Management Systems (DBMS)

Responsive Interface and Review System Design
Developed a responsive web-based interface and performance review system to streamline the management process. Created the functional design and technical architecture of an internal management system across front-end and back-end development, using Agile methodologies

Platform Migration
Responsible for managing solutions, delegating resources, and ensuring quality assurance principles were met across projects and deliverables. Contributed to the ongoing feature and technology migration efforts of the platform. Used modern full-stack technologies such as Vue.js and Django

Design Renewal and Development
The client wanted a nice, clean design implemented for his renters' insurance company. I developed an exquisite, modern look that blended complementary colors correlating directly to the company logo.
2015 - 2017

Master's Degree in Information Technology

Deakin University - Burwood, Victoria, Australia

2008 - 2012

Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science

Air University - Islamabad, Pakistan


Node.js, React, Vue, REST APIs, React Redux, Vuex, Web3.js, jQuery, MobX


Redux Toolkit, GitHub, Figma, Git, Webpack, Slack, Asana, React Apollo, Adobe Experience Manager (AEM)


Django, Express.js, Redux, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Next.js, Jest, Flutter, AngularJS, Flask, Angular, Tailwind CSS, Ember.js, React Native, Spring Boot, Ionic, Jinja, Laravel, NestJS, Cypress, .NET, Material UI, Bootstrap, Nuxt.js, Ionic 4, Vanilla JS


JavaScript, CSS3, TypeScript, CSS, Python, HTML5, HTML, Java, Ruby, GraphQL, SQL, C#, Dart, PHP, Go, Solidity


Unit Testing, DevOps, MEAN Stack, UX Design, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Responsive Web Design (RWD)


Heroku, WordPress, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, AWS Lambda, Azure, HubSpot, Mobile, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Firebase, Shopify, MacOS, Windows, Nxt, Blockchain, Contentful, AWS IoT, Voiceflow, Raspberry Pi, Arduino


MongoDB, MySQL, Google Cloud, Database Management Systems (DBMS), PostgreSQL, JSON/XML Schemas, Datadog, NoSQL, Cloud Firestore

Industry Expertise

Web Design


Gatsby, Documentation, Web Applications, Front-end, Full-stack, Back-end, API Integration, Full-stack Development, Back-end Development, Front-end Development, Web Development, MERN Stack, Team Leadership, PDF, Web Scraping, Material Design, Apollo, CI/CD Pipelines, Technical Documentation, APIs, eCommerce, FastAPI, WebSockets, Cryptocurrency, User Interface (UI), Responsive Web Apps, Technical Leadership, Styled-components, Recoil, XState, Storybook, Fintech, Finance, Design Systems, Architecture, User Experience (UX), Web3, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Video Streaming, OpenAI GPT-3 API, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Chrome Extensions, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), Email, Electronics

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