Arnaud Kervern, Software Engineer, joined Nuxeo three and a half years ago, working on everything from Java to our mobile app to training clients. An active gamer and avid developer, Arnaud is a lover of all things tech.
What is your background? What did you study in school and where did you work before you joined Nuxeo?
I went to INSIA, a school specializing in software development. After school, I worked at a French consulting company for two years.
What made you want to work for Nuxeo?
I was looking for a software company where I could create software rather than just meeting clients. Thomas Roger worked at Nuxeo and he was a high school friend. He told me Nuxeo was a very good company and it was a great place for developers so he recommended I look into working at Nuxeo.
What do you like most about Nuxeo?
Everyone is very interesting here, not just in a professional manner, but in their personalities as well. Everyone has an interesting background and experience.
I heard you created an application for iPhones on your spare time. Can you tell me about the app and what made you want to develop it?
It was an application for pictures where you could save the location of where you took these pictures. When you save the location of the picture, you can add to your own map. In the application, you have all of your saved locations and it has a small compass to let you know if the location is nearby or not. It’s called iPositionRemember and it’s still out.
Where did you get the idea to make the application and why did you want to start developing it?
I started to make the application to learn how iOS development works. I wanted to see if it was something I could do, and learn from this development challenge. As for the idea for iPositionRemember, it was just an idea I thought of. I read books on iOS development and I saw something about this. I thought it was a good idea, and I thought it would be good to put an application out there that does this well.
What is your experience with working on mobile applications?
It’s just really fun to write new applications. It’s very interesting to do it. I think it’s really important to try to find applications that are really useful for people. I am looking to create more applications but nothing is too clear right now. I’m still brainstorming.
I know Benjamin Jalon began work on the mobile application on his free time. How did you take over working on the Nuxeo mobile app? Did you volunteer to work on it?
Benjamin had a great start. Benjamin, Thomas and I started discussing how to implement mobile app. I took it over because Benjamin did not have the time to continue the work. I continued to develop it because Sharp wanted the mobile application for file uploading. Sharp currently uses the application.
How long has the process been for working on our mobile app?
We’ve spent something like 20 or 30 days to finish the work recently, creating the test infrastructure and to find a way to deploy the application for the Nuxeo team. We had all the infrastructure work to plug the mobile equipment process into production. We started the work for the application about 6 months ago though.
What do you like about working on mobile applications?
Mobile applications are always fun. They are new and really exciting. They bring new challenges: You have to check that the application works and to see if it works on multiple devices, taking into consideration screen sizes among other things. It’s a challenge for development.
What challenges did you face when making the app and how did you overcome them?
The main challenge was using Apache Cordova, plugging it on top of what Benjamin already did. Benjamin’s application worked only to browse content without any interaction with the device. It was an Android and iOS app. Some applications work on Android but it’s not very easy to upload files so we had to work on this. Also, it was interesting to find a good way to display documents to users.
What’s your favorite feature of the Nuxeo mobile app?
The file plugin is very good. It was fun to create and add it on iOS and Android devices, because we made something that works everywhere.
What mobile devices do you use?
I use an iPhone and iPad mini. I prefer the iPhone when moving around; I can bring it on the subway and take it around wherever I go. But the iPad is good for home.
You recently went to Iceland; how was that experience? What was your favorite part of your vacation there?
I think it was just an amazing country. Everywhere you go, you see some awesome landscape. There was a waterfall that was really breathtaking when I went exploring. The food situation was very strange because when you travel throughout the country, you cannot find restaurants or shops sometimes. You have to bring your own food around.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like traveling, gaming and getting together with friends for a beer. I like enjoying life. I also like developing and making software.