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Lichess Recruits Full-Time Cell Developer

Due to our neighborhood’s generosity, we’re happy to announce that we’ve employed a full-time cell developer to work on the Lichess cell purposes accessible on iOS and Android, ranging from 1 November 2022.

The variety of customers who entry Lichess by way of the cell app has solely elevated 12 months on 12 months for a number of years, and we anticipate this quantity to proceed rising. 

The unique Lichess cell app was written as a passion undertaking, and maintained on a voluntary foundation — however with the expansion of Lichess over the previous few years it requires extra time and dedication than the volunteer neighborhood (wonderful as it’s) can present alone. 

Equally, for a number of years, enhancing the cell app has been one of the widespread items of suggestions we obtain in emails, the boards, on reddit and different social media. Because of the generosity of our donors, we’re ready to start making {that a} actuality. 

Plus, whereas not everybody could personal a PC or laptop computer, on a world stage they normally will personal some form of smartphone as an alternative. Because of this, a light-weight cell app which is technologically accessible will probably be key to Lichess’s charitable goals to advertise and encourage the play and research of chess, and using free open supply software program, globally.

With the cell app turning into so vital to Lichess and its customers, it was a no brainer (as soon as sources had been accessible) to rent a everlasting worker to concentrate on it, and we hope that is the primary of many. With out additional ado, meet veloce, and a few extra element within the plans for the cell app under.

Initially, are you able to inform us a few of your plans for the cell app?

The cell app will probably be utterly rebuilt from the bottom. We’ll use Flutter, an UI toolkit that may enable us to realize a a lot better high quality than with the present software. 

The primary focus would be the person expertise, I’d like the brand new app to be extra intuitive and simple to make use of.

[ed. the current mobile app, lichobile, will be maintained but receive no new features while the new mobile app is being built.]

That sounds superior – what do you assume your milestones for the cell app will probably be, and the place will customers be capable to comply with your progress?

The primary characteristic that I’ll implement are puzzles. They’re a very good match on cell and the present app doesn’t have the newest model of puzzles. It additionally misses puzzle streak, puzzle storm and puzzle racer. Including this can convey numerous worth instantly to the brand new app.

The primary place the place issues will occur is on Github. If in case you have a technical background you’ll be able to comply with the progress there. We can even intention to speak in regards to the progress.

It’s too quickly to have a roadmap, however we will definitely have one sooner or later and provides an replace. It’s arduous to estimate a launch date, however I hope to have a primary launch of the brand new app out within the first half of 2023. 

Are you able to share a little bit of your technical background with the neighborhood? How did you get into cell app growing? Any attention-grabbing earlier shoppers? 

I didn’t research laptop science. I taught myself find out how to construct web sites once I was working for the top of analysis on the Aeronautics faculty ISAE-SUPAERO in Toulouse. 

Then I labored a little bit as a PHP developer, however I noticed there have been higher languages. So I switched to Scala and Typescript.

I received into cell app growth at my work in Paris once I was given a undertaking for a financial institution to deal with their factoring providers. Since then I’ve labored primarily as a non-mobile dev. Anyway, it’s after that specific undertaking that I made a decision to start out growing the primary Lichess cell software, again in 2014!

You’ve had an account on Lichess since 2010 – that’s a very long time! Do you have got a very favorite Lichess reminiscence, or expertise?

I’ve witnessed Lichess steadily develop and enhance since that point and I’m nonetheless amazed by the development. If I’ve to call one reminiscence, that will be the primary time Magnus Carlsen joined the platform to play a event. What an achievement!

Vital query. 1. e4 or 1. d4?

1. e4 in fact!

That’s lucky – 1. d4 would have made you a pariah inside the workforce. Exterior of chess and coding, what different actions do you take pleasure in?

I take pleasure in touring by bike so much. My longest journey was 7500 km in Norway, Denmark and Germany, it was wonderful! Extra lately I received into crusing, and I attempted land crusing too, this can be a actually enjoyable exercise! I take pleasure in singing too, in a contemporary choir.

Thanks for the chat!



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