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Solidity Core Team Updates

Posted by Solidity Team on December 5, 2022


More than two years have passed since we introduced Solidity core team members on the blog and we realized it is high time for some updates: Meet new team members, find out who moved on to other adventures and learn about recent changes in the team structure!

Before we dive in, a reminder that the Solidity programming language and compiler are open-source community projects. This post dives into the core team that leads the development. Nevertheless, we cannot stress enough how invaluable community contributions and interactions are for Solidity. We value feedback and input and want to thank our community for their continued support!

Thank you to our alumni πŸ’

Like in any other project, there naturally comes a time for some team members to move on to other challenges. Since our last update, we have bid farewell to Christian (@christianparpart), Damian (@wechman), ĐorΔ‘e (@mijovic), Hari (@hrkrshnn), Mathias (@marenz), and Nishant (@nishant-sachdeva). We were delighted to have them and wish them all the best for their future! Luckily, some alumni remain in our orbit and continue contributing with code and input to language design discussions.

Introducing new team members πŸ’

On a happy note, we are excited to introduce new core team members who have joined us along the way. Please meet Matheus, Nikola, Nuno and Rodrigo!

To give you a chance to get to know them better, we asked all new joiners to respond to a selection of questions. Read their responses below.

Matheus - @matheusaaguiar

What is your professional background?

I have a BSc in Computer Science and an MSc in Artificial Intelligence. After finishing college, I worked as a C++ backend developer on a small educational game project for about 2 years. Subsequently, I worked as a Data Structure and Algorithms teacher for 8 years. I joined the Solidity team in May 2022 and have been working on the Solidity Compiler since.

What made you join the Solidity team?

After being a teacher for a fair share of years, I wanted to work with the industry on new emerging technologies and challenge myself. Besides that, I have always wanted to work on an open-source project. It is exciting to learn and build with such great devs and community users.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy playing digital games such as cracktorio Factorio and StarCraft II, but also like to gather some friends and play board games while drinking some beers 🍻. Besides that, I really like skateboarding, running and football of course πŸ‡§πŸ‡·!

Nikola - @nikola-matic

What is your professional background?

I have a BSc in Comp Sci and a ~10-year-long obsession with C++, which kinda narrowed down my options as far as jobs were concerned, because no one's really gonna write a web app in C++. Having said that, I ended up working on a ton of interesting projects throughout my career, like writings high-perf server-client applications for SMS messaging, hardware virtualization on the cloud, EV routing, and a ton of other stuff. Unfortunately, up until I joined the EF and the Solidity team, I've never worked on an open source project, so this is a first for me (hopefully not the last).

What is your role in the Solidity team? On which parts of Solidity do you work the most?

I've only joined the team ~4 months prior to writing this, so not that much. I did implement the option for the user to pass the clean-up steps for the optimizer sequence (both CLI and JSON), so at least that's something. At the moment, and for the foreseeable future, I'll be working on helping Chris (chriseth) with speeding up the --via-ir pipeline, as well as getting the experimental version of the standard library merged.

What do you think is Solidity’s biggest challenge?

Fundamentally, I think that we, as the Solidity team, don't use the language enough, which is especially concerning seeing as we design and implement it. This is something that the community has pointed out in the past as well, and is something we're well aware of. Thankfully, we are working on this, and plan to have internal team projects and hackathons in the future, which should hopefully give us a different perspective going forward.

Nuno - @NunoFilipeSantos

What is your professional background?

I have an MSc in Software Engineering, and all my life I have been highly motivated to work with open-source software. In recent years, I have worked for SUSE, the largest independent open-source company in the world, and Timescale, an open-source time-series database extension for PostgreSQL as a Product Manager. I am usually also an informal Agile coach for most of my teams, with a heavy focus on execution and team happiness/motivation. I have been a remote worker for almost 10 years now and have been 100% remote since 2018.

What would you like to see in the Solidity ecosystem in the future?

Solidity will start having a more community-friendly roadmap, and I would love it if the community could engage with us on those issues, especially in our forum, since they can positively influence our plans. Another personal motivation is improving developer ergonomics with better debugging tools or documentation.

What do you like to do in your free time?

πŸ“Ί Besides being a professional couch potato and a sucker for good movies and TV shows, I occasionally do light gaming. πŸ€– When I have the right inspiration, I also work on my IoT projects in my house, where I have to negotiate with the most demanding stakeholder ever, my wife. ⛳️ I am also an enthusiastic amateur golfer, which means I'm probably in the links doing some shots on a sunny, windless day!

What made you join the Solidity team?

πŸ“£ The culture on this team is unlike anything I have ever experienced! We embody radical candor by caring about the people we talk to and by not being afraid of saying what we mean, we let the best argument win. πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» As a software engineer myself, helping shape the future of Solidity is very motivational for anyone that has ever had any interest in WEB3.

Rodrigo - @r0qs

What is your professional background?

I have a BSc in Computer Science, and after my bachelor's, I worked for almost five years as a system administrator of High-Performance Computing clusters using mainly open-source software and developing all sorts of scripts and tools to manage the systems. Then, I decided that it was time to explore new areas and learn a new programming language, so I did an MSc in Distributed Systems. My MSc thesis focused on implementing and evaluating a Collision-fast Atomic Broadcast protocol based on a variation of the Distributed Consensus problem, which I implemented in Scala.

After my master's, I worked as a software engineer in a Brazilian IT company building an API Gateway and API Manager Platform that worked as an abstraction layer for legacy web services. The system was mainly implemented in Javascript, Ruby, and Go.

Over the years, I developed some small projects in Solidity in my free time, and eventually, in 2018, I decided to start a PhD in Distributed Systems to fulfill my desire to learn more about Ethereum. My PhD was focused on designing and developing a transparent and privacy-preserving verifiable credential system for academic diplomas that could work on a global scale. The core functionality was implemented in Solidity and Circom. Finally, in 2022, I had the opportunity to join the Solidity team.

What is your role in the Solidity team? On which parts of Solidity do you work the most?

I work primarily on solc-js (a JavaScript wrapper around the Solidity compiler), task automation, and Continuous Integration scripts in the Solidity repository. I also collaborate with the development of some minor changes in the compiler, and I'm looking forward to contributing to more compiler features and optimizations in the future.

What made you join the Solidity team?

Being part of the Solidity team sounded like an exciting challenge to me - a natural step for learning more about the Solidity language and an excellent way to contribute and learn more about the Ethereum ecosystem.

Changes in Team Structure πŸ§‘β€πŸ’»πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»

We also want to use this post as an opportunity to share insights into recent updates to our team structure. We believe that the new team structure and processes will support us to productively deliver on our goals and focus on our priorities. Moving forward, the team leadership consists of a Technical Product Manager and a Tech Lead.

Introducing Nuno as Solidity Product Manager 🎯

End of September, we were happy to onboard Nuno as our new Technical Product Manager. Nuno supports the team by leading people and processes, as well as facilitating the product/roadmap planning and overall development coordination. Nuno has worked with open-source projects all of his life, and we are inspired to learn from and with him!

Welcoming Daniel (@ekpyron) as new Solidity Tech Lead 🧭

Furthermore, we'd like to announce that one of our long-time Solidity core team members, Daniel, has stepped up to become Solidity's next Tech Lead.

Daniel started contributing to Solidity in February 2018. He is a mathematician by training, but worked as a part-time software developer since his studies. This year, he received a PhD in Computational Metaphysics.

Daniel demonstrated technical leadership throughout his work on the optimizer and via-IR pipeline in Solidity and has been a vital sparring partner for language design decisions since he joined the team.

We are glad to have him as a new Tech Lead and confident he is the perfect choice to continue Chris' legacy.

Thank you to Chris (@chriseth) & Alex (@axic) for their work! πŸ‘

As you may have guessed from the previous paragraph, Chris (@chriseth) has decided to step down from his Team Lead position in the Solidity team. We fully respect this decision and cannot thank him enough for his relentless work and dedication during the last 8 years. Chris, you have been and will continue to be an inspiration to the entire team!

To our benefit, we're happy that Chris remains a treasure in our team. Besides contributing to Solidity features, language design and reviews, he's also venturing into Formal Verification. If you're interested, check out his recent work on Yools, an experimental symbolic execution engine for Yul.

In addition, we want to use this opportunity also to extend a big "Thank You!" to Alex (@axic) for his invaluable contributions as a long-time co-lead of the Solidity team - a position he gradually stepped back from throughout the last two years.

Alex is currently leading the Execution Environment R&D team (Ipsilon) at the Ethereum Foundation. He continues to contribute with language design input and discussions.

Contribute to the future of Solidity πŸ’ͺ

Last but not least, we are inviting you to join our language design efforts! We are adjusting the rhythm of our language design calls to make them more accessible to community contributors.

We will have a dedicated monthly call to discuss language design topics in the future. You can find a public rolling agenda of those calls here. Feel free to add your topics ahead of time.

You can find the call details in the "Contributing" section of the Solidity docs.

We have also just published our Solidity Roadmap on GitHub, and we welcome any feedback you might have. This roadmap will be updated frequently as we find out more over time.

If you are not into language design but you are still eager to contribute to Solidity, there are many other ways!

You can get started by:

  • Reporting issues
  • Fixing and responding to issues tagged as β€œgood first issue”
  • Improving the documentation
  • Translating the documentation into more languages
  • Providing language feedback in the Solidity forum

All details on how to contribute can be found in the docs.

We look forward to hearing from you on Github, Matrix, or the forum! πŸš€

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