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Christine Dodrill

Web and Backend Services Devops Specialist

Montreal, QC

Docker, Git, Go, C, Stenography, DevOps, Heroku, Continuous Integration/Delivery, WebAssembly, Lua, Mindfulness, HTTP/2, Alpine Linux, Ubuntu, Linux, GraphViz, Progressive Web Apps, yaml, SQL, Postgres, MySQL, SQLite, Ordained Minister, Dudeism, Tech Writing


Lightspeed - Expert principal en fiabilit√© du site   2019 - current

(Senior Site Reliability Expert)

Lightspeed is a provider of retail, ecommerce and point-of-sale solutions for small and medium scale businesses.


Heroku - Senior Software Engineer   2017 - 2019

Heroku is a cloud Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that created the term “platform as a service”. Heroku currently supports several programming languages that are commonly used on the web. Heroku, one of the first cloud platforms, has been in development since June 2007, when it supported only the Ruby programming language, but now supports Java, Node.js, Scala, Clojure, Python, PHP, and Go.

Highlights - Software Engineer   2016 - 2016

Backplane (now defunct) was an innovative reverse reverse proxy that helps administrators and startups simplify their web application routing.


Pure Storage - Member of Technical Staff   2016 - 2016

Pure Storage is a Mountain View, California-based enterprise data flash storage company founded in 2009. It is traded on the NYSE (PSTG).


IMVU - Site Reliability Engineer   2015 - 2016

IMVU, inc is a company whose mission is to help people find and communicate with eachother. Their main product is a 3D avatar-based chat client and its surrounding infrastructure allowing creators to make content for the avatars to wear.


VTCSecure - Deis Consultant (contract)   2014 - 2015

VTCSecure is a company dedicated to helping with custom and standard audio/video conferencing solutions. They specialize in helping the deaf and blind communicate over today’s infrastructure without any trouble on their end.


Crowdflower - Deis Consultant (Contract)   2014 - 2014

Crowdflower is a company that uses crowdsourcing to have its customers submit tasks to be done, similar to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. CrowdFlower has over 50 labor channel partners, and its network has more than 5 million contributors worldwide.


OpDemand - Software Engineering Intern   2014 - 2014

OpDemand is the company behind the open source project Deis, a distributed platform-as-a-service (PaaS) designed from the ground up to emulate Heroku but on privately owned servers.


Portfolio Highlights


A work-in-progress event sourcing platform built with WebAssembly. This would allow you to load data in on one end and then let the machine take care of it without having to care about it. Worker functions would be compiled to WebAssembly to make the resulting code independent of any individual CPU, allowing for an easier migration to another CPU architecture (such as aarch64 or ppc64be) without having to recompile existing code.

I have written multiple blogposts on this project:

As of March 21, 2019, Olin is able to run binaries compiled with Go 1.12.x WebAssembly support. Olin also is known to work on big-endian systems with no changes needed to source code or binaries.

ilo Kesi

A chatbot that parses its commands through the grammar of the constructed language Toki Pona, then figures out what the user is asking for using a lookup table and executes that request.

When Then Zen

When Then Zen is meditation instructions translated into Gherkin, a-la:

Feature: Anapana (mindfulness via breathing) meditation
    Given no assumption about meditation background
    And a willingness to learn
    And no significant problems with breathing through the body's nose
    And I am seated or laying down comfortably
    And no music is playing

  Scenario Outline: mindfulness of breathing
    As a meditator
    In order to be mindful of the body's breath
    When I <verb> through the body's nose
    Then I focus on the sensations of breath
    Then I focus on the feelings of breath through the nasal cavity
    Then I focus on the feelings of breath interacting with the nostrils
    Then I repeat until done

      | verb   |
      | inhale |
      | exhale |

This has been well-recieved by coworkers, friends and others. I have written more on the subject here.


Articles listed below will be either personal or professional and do not reflect the views of any company or group I am affiliated with. The writing is my own, with the help of others to make things legible.

I have gotten to the front page of Hacker News several times. Here are a few of the comment threads:


I am an ordained minister with the Church of the Latter-day Dude. This allows me to officiate religious ceremonies in at least the United States. I would be honored if you were to choose me to officiate anything for any reason. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Plain-text version of this resume here