Mobile App Improvement: Final Report (GSoC 2022)

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GSoC 2022 is nearing its end. I’m glad to say that I’ve met all the goals as planned in the beginning. This post will be a brief report of all the feature requests implemented, goals accomplished, some stuff left to do, and future plans.

Project Description

CircuitVerse is well established as a free educational platform that provides an easy-to-use online digital circuit simulator & is dedicated to aiding students to self-learn digital-logic design.

My project aimed to embed the simulator along with some improvements to the existing features in the mobile app. I have also worked on tasks other than the proposed tasks.

Project Goals

I. Search Circuits

This feature enabled the user to search for particular circuit designs based on the title, tags, or author from a pool of large circuits available on the platform. I created an API to implement this feature. This was the first time I was introduced to Ruby on Rails, as I had never worked on this framework.

Here are the related PRs:

Search Circuit Preview

II. Profile Picture Integration

Add/Update profile picture feature was not available on the mobile app. I workedAdd/ the existing Profile API to support the addition/removal of the profile picture. I also worked on the user interface of this feature.

Here are the related PRs:

Profile Picture Preview

III. Search in Interactive Book

The search is an essential feature in the Interactive Book because this will enable the user to search for the specific content faster, instead of searching for them manually on each page. Please read the blog if you are interested in learning more about search in markdown.

Here are the related PR:

Interactive Book Search Preview

IV. Multiple Mentor Support

This feature enables owners to invite multiple mentors to their group for collaboration without creating a specific group for each mentor. Earlier, the one who made the group used to be the mentor and owner of that group. Now, the owner can also invite other mentors to his group or promote any member to be a mentor in that group.

Here are the related PR:

Mutiple Mentor Preview

V. Simulator Embedding

Simulator embedding was the most requested feature for the mobile app. I discussed this with the mentor and concluded that the optimal implementation would be using WebView. The basic implementation is done, but some bugs are still to be fixed, and a few improvements to smoothen the user experience.

Here are the related PR:

Simulator Preview

VI. Notification integration

Notifying users about the different events is important for user engagement. So, this year we have introduced the notification for star and fork of the project. The app will notify users who have recently starred or forked their projects. This feature will also support push notifications in the near future.

Here are the related PR:

Notifications Preview

Future Developments

  • Adding responsiveness to the UI views for all types of screens & orientations be it mobile, tablet or other devices.

  • Adding more tests for mobile_app.

  • Implementing those features available on the web app but not the mobile app.

  • Introducing new State management (like Bloc, Riverpod, etc..) to the mobile app. Currently, it is MVVM + Provider, but still, at some places, setState is used.


Honestly, my experience has been great working with CircuitVerse. I got to learn a new language, ruby, building modern APIs in rails & best software practices. I’ve had a great & productive summers, thanks to my mentors @manjotsidhu, @tachyons & the amazing CircuitVerse community.

I would definitely keep working on my project post GSoC & getting people contributing to the project. Hope to see this project the next summers & help other people get started.

Signing Off..

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