TL;DR: Crypto Dev Digest (CDD) documents cryptocurrency development, highlighting the projects and persons working under the hood. Action-packed installment this go-round includes a massive first public testnet from Ava Labs. Bitcoin Cash can be used to snap up Steam gift cards for gamers. Nethermind 1.8.1 is released, allowing WebSockets and HTTP on the same port; and developers continue pumping out great work even during a pandemic.
Ava Labs First Public Testnet
Cornell University computer scientist Emin Gün Sirer and his project Ava Labs announced the first release of its testnet, Cascade. It’s the first of two planned testnets, with this round allowing for “participants to connect to a global network of validators and participate in high-velocity transactions. Reaching speeds of thousands of transactions per second and payment finality of under two seconds, AVA provides comparable throughput to top payment processing companies,” according to press materials. They’re shooting for mainnet “later this year.”
The press release hits all the major buzzwords: DeFi, cutting-edge, and so on. In truth, the Avalanche consensus protocol, after which AVA is named, captured the imagination of developers across platforms, including those of Bitcoin Cash (BCH). And, more recently, BCH dev Tyler Smith left for AVA.
However, Sirer and his crew found an early home within the Ethereum community, which was among the first embraced decentralized finance and skepticism toward the longterm viability of proof-of-work (PoW). “AVA is designed to be backward-compatible with out-of-the-box support for existing Ethereum-based DeFi applications,” the presser insists. “Migrating decentralized applications to AVA grants open finance the power to deliver its promise to a mainstream audience.”
Purchase Steam Gift Cards Using Bitcoin Cash
Anonymous, no sign-up. Simply enter an email address, purchase a card, and a Steam gift card code will be emailed to you. pic.twitter.com/T7VmZUmhHD
— pokkst (@pokkst) April 17, 2020
Nethermind v. 1.8.1 Released
What a wonderful day for an #Ethereum release!
Nethermind 1.8.1 (prefer 1.7.18 for more stable and tested version) comes with a rewrite of the synchronization management so receipts, bodies and state can be synced in parallel.
And it can run WebSockets and HTTP on the same port!
— Nethermind (@nethermindeth) April 16, 2020
ElectrsCash v1.1 Released
New version of ElectrsCash, v1.1 released. Written in Rust for Bitcoin Cash. https://t.co/2tHQIHZwKI
— Dagur (@dagur) April 7, 2020
Permissionless Software Foundation
`curl -X GET "https://t.co/8i5vDMcIEl" -H "accept: application/json"`
— Permissionless Software Foundation (@PSF_DAO) April 7, 2020
Importing Badger Wallet Into Electron Cash
— bch 'make Bitcoin cash again' protocol upgrade (@btcfork) April 7, 2020
New CashFusion Builds
Why Did We Do This Big Song and Dance About SegWit?
Soooooo Schnorr signatures can NOT be malleated?
So why did we do this big song and dance about SegWit? Involving extra coinbase commitment / merkle tree / sig extension block (an "evil fork" attack) / block weight computation??
Could have just shipped OP_Schnorr?@LukeDashjr
— Paul Sztorc (@Truthcoin) April 8, 2020
Mint New Features, Bug Fixes Will Take a While
An update regarding Mint: it will stay at https://t.co/h6JVzGersA as is, but we will not maintain it full time anymore, so the new features and bug fixes will take a while.
It's an open source project, help us out:https://t.co/TDvg4SVh30
— Andre (@alcipir) April 8, 2020
LBRY Documents Its Progress
Have you ever had the feeling that LBRY has been making a lot of progress?
Check out the Authoritative Progress Blog Post for Chart Lovers 📈♥️ documenting just how far we've comehttps://t.co/8eoxAGMwpp
1,000,000 served in March!
— LBRY (@LBRYio) April 9, 2020
Latest Release of Simpleledger.info
Latest release of https://t.co/1vncaVnilK is out! New features include clipboard icons next to many items on site, a new transaction graph section, transpilation to reduce errors on some older browsers, and a more condensed design. Enjoy!
— blockparty_sh (@BlockpartySh) April 11, 2020
How to Use BIP47 in Crescent Cash
How to use BIP47 Reusable Payment Codes in Crescent Cashhttps://t.co/jmmRI4vQCV
— pokkst (@pokkst) April 10, 2020
Transaction Visualizer with SLP Support
Check out this TX visualizer with SLP support https://t.co/JxEa6V9ZoN
— blockparty_sh (@BlockpartySh) April 14, 2020
Anyone who calls themself a "software engineer" should be required to be licensed, have a graduate degree in engineering & carry at least $1 million in professional liability insurance.
And certain types of software should only be sold if approved by a software engineer.
— Palley (@stephendpalley) April 13, 2020
BCH Devs Continue Working on P2P Electronic Cash for the World
During Covid-19 pandemic $BCH devs continue working on peer-to-peer electronic cash for the world.
QUIC, Avalanche, May 15th upgrade & testnet and more pic.twitter.com/Uk16iSSeTz
— Bitcoin Cash (@BitcoinCash) April 14, 2020
Bitcoin ABC 0.21.4 Released
Bitcoin ABC 0.21.4 has been released. This release primarily involves improvements for developers. From this release onwards, we will not be supporting 32-bit Windows.
Download it here:https://t.co/gutQLHwj6s
— Bitcoin ABC (@Bitcoin_ABC) April 14, 2020
ahh, remember when I proposed a new opcode for Bitcoin Cash, and then in one of my first commits for ABC I simultaneously hijacked a test, and made the test server run out of memory (latter was due to an integer overflow bug).
that was great pic.twitter.com/rLkL2leput
— Tobias Rrrrrrrrruck (@TobiasRuck) April 15, 2020
Demo soon https://t.co/wm40Vxl3ka
— Chris Troutner (@christroutner) April 16, 2020
Haven App is Live on Google Play
Haven update *finally* passed processing and is live on Google Play! https://t.co/JsNqropnHG
— Haven App 👐 (@HavenPrivacy) April 16, 2020
Purse.io Closing Fallout
Purse employed a team of open-source developers for several years to maintain bcoin and its related projects.
— bcoin (@Bcoin) April 16, 2020
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