Hello! My name is Guillaume and I'm a Software Engineer at Louve Invest 🐺

I'm currently working at Louve Invest, helping them build a modern way to invest into real estate, making it accessible to anyone. Since I joined them, I worked on streamlining our developement process through continuous integration and better tooling. We've also been hard at work on a lot of features that need to ship quickly, as any startup needs to.

Before joining them, I was at Memo Bank, helping them build a brand new European bank for SMEs, and even before at ReachFive helping to build & scale their CIAM solution. I started my career at Zengularity where I had the opportunity to learn plenty and meet a lot of talented people.

Functional programming advocate since my time at Zengularity and ardent defender of « Software craftsmanship », I spent the last 5 years solving diverse technical and business challenges with a common goal: offer the best solution within the limits of the resources involved.

I think that the quality of piece of a code is never optional, and is a reflection of the intrinsic quality of the provided solution. I thus strive to always come up with a solution that I can be proud of.

Where did I work?

  • Louve Invest Software Engineer
    TypeScript React Monorepo Firebase FP
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    Louve Invest goal is to make real estate investment accessible and easy in France. Our first big way to achieve that was to computerize subscription to SCPI (Société civile de placement immobilier, a french type of legal structure allowing anyone to invest indirectly into real estate through shares). But that's only our first step!

    A year after its creation Louve has already made a name for itself among investor and thrives to become the new reference for real estate investments.

    Streamlining of our developement process through continuous integration using github actions both for PR validations and deployment. New UI kit, made to be both extensible and powerful, along with a full redesign of our webapp. Validation and strong typing to the exisiting and new date, to enforce a better control over our data. New fully automated checkout process to buy SCPIs... and a lot of new features to come!

    React is used for our frontend, with a backend built on top of the Express web server provided by Firebase Functions.

    Project developed in Typescript (back, front and mobile) with Firebase (realtime and firestore) as our main database. We also use Firebase Functions to build our backend.

  • Memo Bank Software Engineer
    Kotlin Elixir TypeScript Distributed Architecture Kafka PostgreSQL
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    Memo Bank has a simple but ambitious goal: to create a new European banking establishment from scratch, to provide SMEs with the financial products and advice they deserve.

    Three years after its creation, Memo Bank has obtained the green light from the Autorité de contrôle prudentiel et de résolution (ACPR) and the European Central Bank (ECB) to launch its offer, becoming the first independent bank to emerge in France for 50 years.

    Creation of a core banking system from scratch, using modern and secure technologies, ensuring that our banking system complies with all the auditability, security and performance constraints to which banks are subjected to. Integration with other external tools to communicate with other banks.

    Event sourcing is used for the ledger, responsible for handling and validating all account operations, to ensure a total auditability and strong consistency of our data. Automatic export of this data in regulatory reports is also made possible by this approach.

    Project developed in Kotlin (Spring, Hibernate) & Elixir (Ledger part) with PostgreSQL as our main database, ActiveMQ as our messaging queue and Kafka as our message broker.

  • ReachFive Lead developer
    FP Scala TypeScript ElasticSearch Redis Kafka
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    The Customer Identy and Access Management (CIAM) solution of ReachFive enables companies to have a complete and secure management of their customers across all their points of contact, online and offline.

    Strengthening of the codebase, structuring development (code reviews, continuous integration & clean code), launch of various refactoring projects to reduce technical debt and implementation of the latest features to provide a complete CIAM solution to our customers (Boulanger, Engie, Lacoste, etc.).

    Project developed in Scala (Play Framework, Shapeless, Cats) and TypeScript (React), with ElasticSearch & PostgreSQL as our databases.

  • Zengularity (Fabernovel since 2019) Software architect
    FP Scala TypeScript PostgreSQL MongoDB
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    Zengularity (who joined the Fabernovel family in 2019) is a French company specializing in digital transformation and the web of tomorrow. Adept of new technologies, they offer adapted and modern solutions to companies wishing to carry out their digital revolution.

    Zengularity is also the birthplace of the Play Framework, known worldwide and used by the largest companies.

    Development of a web platform facilitating the communication of the various parties in the insurance business, in order to support them in their digital transition. Made using event sourcing to reflect the state changes of an insurance mission, and to provide an auditable history.

    Project developed in Scala (Play Framework, Shapeless & Scalaz) and TypeScript (ReactJS, Flux & Less), with MongoDB as our main database.

    Development of an onboarding platform for the BNP Banking group, in order to digitize a lengthy and complicated paper process, and support them in their digital transition.

    Project developed in Scala (Play Framework & Cats) and TypeScript, using Oracle DB as our main database.

  • ESGI Freelance teacher
    Version Control Continuous Integration & Deployment Tooling Clean code
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    Founded in 1983, the ESGI school trains its students in software developments to match the expectations and needs of companies in a very dynamic and moving sector.

    Course on the « developer Tools » given to 3rd year students specializing in Software Architecture.

    Version management software (git, github, gitlab), git related workflows, clean code and related tools (linters), and an introduction on continuous integration.

  • Alter-Frame Developer
    Java JEE JavaFX Spring
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    Alter Frame is Alter Solutions group’s software publisher and development structure. This structure aims to bring quality as an added value in the realization of full-web solutions and in the development of IT projects.

    Development of a new tools within an existing software suite for the French car manufacturer PSA. A battery and alternator sizing tool (used to size electrical component according to the car's configuration and target climate), and an electrical diagram designer software.

    Code audit of a Java application (JEE & JBE) made for managing customers and contracts, for the French credit insurance company Euler Hermes.

    Realization of a satellite data visualization application (from plain file data) plotted on a two-dimensional projection of the earth for Eutelsat, with the goal to display satellite coverage on earth in a comprehensive way.

  • Scality Developer (internship)
    C Language Python Robot Framework Jenkins
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    Scality is a pioneering innovator of file & object storage, multi cloud data storage. Offering best scale out and multi cloud data management solutions. The Scality RING, their main product, is a scale-out object storage software platform that delivers petabyte-scale software-defined storage designed to run on commodity hardware. Therefore, providing cost-effective scaling, performance, and auto-recovery.

    Intervention on Scality's flagship project, the RING (a very high capacity and very high availability storage solution), on its implementation of unit tests and associated metrics (reports, code coverage).

    Choice and implementation of a unit testing framework for a C language based software, with adaptation of compilation targets, porting of existing tests, and addition of new unit tests.

What do I know ?

Software Architecture Stateless and reactive
Micro-services Reactive Stateless Distributed Systems
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I had the opportunity to see many ways of responding to different technical challenges about the architecture of a software or system ; ranging from a heavy client, a simple stateless web application, or even services communicating by messages to an event streaming system composed of hundreds of nano-services.

I was finally able to implement for the first time what I had learned at ReachFive, where the existing monolithic software was modularized into services. I thus had the opportunity to reduce interdependencies to a minimum and end with almost independent specialized modules. Some services would then be added following the same model (for example an asynchronous worker, unstacking tasks ready to be performed). This was done along with a more classical refactoring of the codebase to reduce and contain the technical debt.

Ditto Service and Memo also share this same service decoupling approach, but have different way of overcoming that challenge. Where Ditto has made the choice of using function-sized nano-services, Memo made the choice of a breakdown by domain; both using a message broker to propagate actions in their respective systems.

Scala Functional Programming
FP Lightbend (Akka) Typelevel (Cats, Shapeless, Doobie) Scalaz sbt macro
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Scala is a general-purpose programming language providing support for both object-oriented programming and functional programming. The language has a strong static type system. Designed to be concise, many of Scala's design decisions are aimed to address criticisms of Java.

Functional programming brings additional security to compilation, allowing to rely solely on static validation where Java, for example, often has to rely on testing in addition to compilation to validate a piece of code. This paradigm allows to think differently about writing code, and result in a clear and declarative code, representative of your intentions.

After discovering Scala (and more broadly functional programming) in school, I had the opportunity to build up my knowledge during my time at Zengularity, where I learned how to get the best out of it from the same people actively participating in the life of the language ecosystem.

I then had the perfect occasion to use my newly acquired knowledge at ReachFive and then later at Ditto Services to build applications that are both complex (due to their respective functional scope) and robust, by relying on the Scala language, its paradigm, and as well on the entire ecosystem that revolves around.

TypeScript & JavaScript Backend & Frontend
NodeJS Express Webpack React, Redux HTML, CSS
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TypeScript is an open-source language which builds on JavaScript, one of the world’s most used tools, by adding static type definitions.

In addition to providing typing, TypeScript also allows for a more descriptive approach to be explored in the way of building applications (for example along with React which also use a declarative way of defining components).

I used it extensively in frontend development (along with JavaScript) to build many web applications, of varying sizes and scopes. TypeScript gave us the consistency necessary to work in team on a large codebase with a complex functional domain.

Finally, I also had the opportunity to use it on the server side with NodeJS on many personal projects. Easy to set up and quick to develop, typing ensures code clarity and longevity. Finally, the JavaScript ecosystem ensures that many libraries are mature enough (and for the most part already typed) to be production ready.

Kotlin & Java Software Engineering
Spring Boot Vert.x JEE Hibernate, JPA Swing, JavaFX Android
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Kotlin is a cross-platform, statically typed, general-purpose programming language with type inference. Kotlin is designed to interoperate fully with Java, with a more concise syntax thanks to type inference.

Like Scala, Kotlin is also positioned as a « better Java », borrowing notions of functional language while remaining strongly object oriented by nature. Unlike Scala, it is positioned closer to Java in its philosophy, and is not intended to be a functional language (even with the borrowed syntax). Interoparability with Java also helps to make the transition between the two languages as transparent and quick as possible.

After having spent almost 2 years of Java during my work-study program and having quickly abandoned this language in favor of Scala, I had the opportunity to discover and learn Kotlin at Memo Bank. Easy to approach after having used Scala, the language corrects many Java limitations and flaws due to its more modern approach and stronger typing.

Kotlin allows us at Memo to represent a complex business domain (as banks often are) in a clear and robust way, maintaining a high-quality code. The interoperability with Java libraries allow us to take advantage of a rich and mature ecosystem, ensuring the best of both worlds.

Databases SQL & NoSQL
SQL (PostgreSQL, Oracle DB) ElasticSearch MongoDB Redis
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I've used SQL database in almost all my projects, from MySQL when I was still learning the ropes, to Oracle DB for larger companies when I was at Zengularity to PostgreSQL at Memo ; in application ranging from a REST service to a core banking system.

I had the chance of using MongoDB for the first time at Zengularity in a particularly challenging application, using event sourcing to trace all modifications. Mongo brought us a lot of usefull features (like being document oriented, allowing us to direclty use JSON, along with the scaling promises), altough with a few drawbacks (mainly not being able to have relationships nor ebing able to efficiently lock a document like SQL bases usually allow it)

I had a more mixed experience with ElasticSearch, as I sadly saw it used as a main database, bringing issues on the data consistency (as ES is by default eventually consistent) and on its performance (since they had to force the refresh after each operation). Fortunately, we use it as intended at Memo to index and build a search engine for our frontend application, where it can finally show all its power.

DevOps Docker & Continuous Integration
Docker, Docker compose Terraform Linux Jenkins, Hudson, Circle-ci SonarQube
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At my current job and on my personal projects I mainly use Docker to define isolated and easily deployable work environments, allowing to replicate an architecture and associated services locally. I also had the opportunity to define containers used in production in a Kubernetes during my time at Ditto Service.

I also had the opportunity to work on the Jenkins configuration on some projects, whether simply on continuous integration or on continuous deployment. I also used Circle-ci and Travis for similar purposes.

Finally, I take care of my Linux server myself, more by hobby than by necessity, using Docker to isolate my different services. This server host, among other things, the page you're currently reading.

Where did I study?

  • Master's degree in Software Architecture ESGI

    « Titre niveau I d'expert en ingénierie de l’informatique et des systèmes d’information »

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    The Software Architecture specialization at ESGI is an expert training on the design methods and realization of software solutions meeting the complex needs of companies from all the sectors (finance, industry, IT services companies, software publishers, etc.).

  • Bachelor's degree in Software Architecture ESGI

    « Titre niveau II de chef de projet logiciel et réseaux »

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    The Bachelor Degree at ESGI specialized in Software Architecture allows students to acquire operational skills through numerous educational projects, while acquiring theoretical software architecture skills (languages, UML modeling, databases).

  • Baccalauréat École notre Dame Providence

    Baccalauréat Scientifique

Any personal project to show?

Cumulus Secure File Storage Server
Scala Akka HTTP Akka Streams
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File storage server made in Scala with Akka-http. Stored files can be compressed and encrypted. Files can also be streamed, making it possible to stream videos via HTML5 for supported formats (MP4, Webm).

The various operations on the files were carried out with Akka-stream, using custom Flows allowing to (de)compress and/or (de)encrypt files on the fly.

These files are organized in a tree structure supporting all the classical operations (move, delete, etc.) allowing them to be organized like a classic file system.

The tree structure is flattened in a PostgreSQL database, in order to avoid any recursion or performance constraints.

Raspi-sensor Node.js C++ Plugin
Rapsberry Pi C++ Node.js
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NodeJS plugin made in C ++ allowing in JavaScript to collect data from different sensors connected to a RapsberryPi. Currently DHT22 (temperature and humidity), BMP 180 (temperature and pressure), TLS261 (brightness) and PIR (infrared sensor) are supported.

The plugin adopts an asynchronous operation dear to JavaScript, and offers a one-of recovery mode or at regular intervals.

Show Me Image hosting
NodeJS React Redux TypeScript
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Image hosting service made exclusively in TypeScript. It allows to upload images with tags, to serve them and finally to search them by tags or name.

The frontend was made with the MaterialUI library (react), and the logic implemented using Redux and Thunk for asynchronous operations.

The backend is also in TypeScript, using Express for it controller and PostgreSQL for persistence. Sharp is used for operations on images.

Vuziks Scripting language
C Language Lexx/Yacc
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Scripting language and its interpreter, made in C with Lex and Yacc. Built with an interactive mode, conditions, loops, functions and objects.