Find Out What the Developers Have Been Working on Lately
For those of you who are active on the testnet, you’ll have already seen some of the impressive work the developers have been delivering. Not all the changes and updates are immediately visible though. A lot of the real focus takes place under the hood, working on key functions and tasks that the exchange needs but its users never see. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the latest progress made.
A Brief Word on the Coronavirus Pandemic
The lead developer on the DFE Katerina Troshina is a very busy woman. She admits that working lately has been more challenging than usual. And Katerina is not alone. Due to the pandemic, many of us have been forced inside our homes while others are taking measures to safeguard their workers’ wellbeing.
Amidst the uncoordinated and mixed messages sent out by global governments, both Digitex and our developer partners SmartDec have been quick to act. All Digitex employees are working from home. We’re actually used to this with most of our team spread out across different locations. SmartDec employees are also on a WFH policy.
While we all hope that this will come to an end soon, we’re fortunate to work in an industry that facilitates online working. It’s true that there’s nothing quite like tossing ideas around in a meeting room face to face. However, the developers are making use of all the best communications tools to ensure that the work continues.
The Latest Development Updates on the DFE
Katerina tells me that during the last two weeks development has been focused on some “very interesting and important tasks.” She’s mainly referring to the spectacular evolution of the UI and the four different color themes presented to our users. As you know, we held a poll asking which of the themes the community preferred and the Digitex purple and blue came out the clear winner.
We will brand the exchange with these colors, but users will still be able to select the color theme of their preference. The four choices available are Digitex purple and blue, classic red and green, a light theme, and the eye-catching cyber-punk. Now that the UI is almost ready for its code freeze, the developers will be pleased to nail down its final updates!
Other news regarding the UI is that the mobile version is very close to being ready. “We hope to present it very soon,” Katerina says. So, keep your eyes peeled on the testnet as we should be dropping it any day now.
The Work that You Can’t See
“The next task we’ve been working on is the administrative panel,” says Katerina. “It is a hidden part of the exchange for clients but is a very important part for the guys who will support and manage the exchange. Support, account desk, and risk management parts of the back office have been designed and specified. During the next two or three weeks, all of them will be under development.”
There’s still plenty of work to be done in the run-up to the mainnet launch. We’re getting very close to a code freeze which means that the real hard testing will begin in earnest. We have a dedicated team who will be doing their utmost to try to break the system to ensure it’s as robust as possible. The team is also finishing up the specifications for the custody service and the implementation will start next week as soon as it’s approved.
Finally, Katerina explains that we also need a solid monitoring service for the mainnet. She says, “We need to continuously monitor the infrastructure and engine.” The good news is that the implementation of the monitoring is in progress. “Currently,” she says, “We already have a big panel for infrastructure monitoring. In the next two or three weeks, we will add different metrics and alerts to the monitoring system.”
Wrapping It Up
There’s no escaping the bad news out there. We all know that already and we hope that you and your loved ones are coping well. The good news from us is that work continues on the DFE. Even with our devs temporarily working from home, we’re overcoming the challenge. Thank you for all your comments on the user experience, we’ll be sharing the best ones with you tomorrow, so be sure to look out for that. Until then, happy trading!