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This Week In TurtleCoin® (September 24, 2019)

Developer Updates

This is a place where anybody in our community can submit a post about the TRTL project they’re working on. It’s a great way to attract helpers for your project and show people what to keep an eye out for. We encourage you to show works in progress as well as finished products, as we’re happy to see them all and it shows that we’re an active community. To submit your post, click this link

He said it was a “test” but we know he is really REAL_BITMAIN_NO1

violetminer

If you read last weeks update, you’ll see I was pretty close to making a violetminer release. This release went out a few days ago, and in fact, i made another release just yesterday.

If you didn’t read last weeks update, the major feature is NVIDIA GPU support.

Please download it and give it a go, and let me know what you think. There are binaries for Windows, Linux, Mac OSX, and ARM.

I wrote a guide on how to use it here: https://docs.turtlecoin.lol/guides/mining/violetminer-guide

>tfw z writes a guide

The update I made just yesterday, adds SSL pool support. I kinda forgot about adding this earlier, the HashVault admin helpfully reminded me 🙂

If your pool offers SSL ports, you can now connect to them with violetminer – Just download v0.1.1 and set ssl to “true” in your config file.

I also added some better validation of your config file, so if you accidentally mess up your NVIDIA settings, you should get an informative error instead of a crash.

I have a few more quality of life features to add, then I’ll probably start trying to add AMD support.

https://github.com/turtlecoin/violetminer

– Zpalm

TurtleCoin-Utils

It’s been a fun week in the land of TurtleCoin-Utils this week. Forgetting how software you put together, refactored, etc works can drive any developer mad. It started with a simple thought, “I’m going to build out the documentation to make this easy for everyone to use.” Well, all good things start with good intentions, right?

Can it really be that simple?

I’ve added a number of features, most notably of which allows for packing up the utils into a single JS bundle that is super easy to import into web project. It packages up the necessary cryptography (both WASM and native JS) and auto-loads the fastest code. Talk about easy!

In short, I’ve gone through and refactored quite a bit of the code throughout the package including implementing the exposed libraries as classes. In addition, I’ve labored to add JSDoc documentation to the package that allows for building easy to read and follow developer documentation. This makes it a lot easier to work with the TurtleCoin-Utils package. The full documentation has also been published at https://utils.turtlecoin.dev/

https://www.npmjs.com/package/turtlecoin-utils

– IBurnMyCD

Sometimes, if you try hard enough, you get what you ask for.

TurtleCoin® Core Update

This happened a couple of weeks ago, but I don’t think anyone ever mentioned it. We recently merged a pull request from CapEtn which adds ZSTD compression to the daemon, and enables it by default.

ZSTD is much more performant than the LZ4 compression we had in place previously, and also has a minimal effect on daemon speed from our testing. If you want to take advantage of the database compression, you’ll need to compile the latest development code, or wait for a new release. Then, if you have an existing database, you’ll need to delete the DB folder, or resync your daemon.

You should find that your database folder has decreased to about 59GB from somewhere around 76GB. A quite nice saving!

You can of course disable this option if you want your daemon to be as snappy as possible.

– Core Development Team

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/pull/886

TurtleCoin® Website – TurtleCoin.lol

yo dawg heard you like menus –

Thanks to The Judge#9063 from Discord who rightfully pointed out the misuse of the Windows 10 logo on turtlecoin.lol. While fixing this squeeze, it came to my attention that our own dang website does not only break the Microsoft guidelines but also our own. yikes! Luckily, it was not much of a hassle to fix it.

Meanwhile, I have started the development of a brand new version of turtlecoin.lol. Powered by nuxt.js, allowing serverless deployment it will follow a more streamlined design deployed already by our block explorer.

– Fexra

TurtlePay® Blockchain Cache

Quite a bit of performance based changes have taken place in the cache API over the last few weeks. I’ve added redis support to help with the speedy delivery of wallet sync data, started adding different data structures, looked at altering the database schema to squeeze more performance out and refactored quite a bit of code to make it easier to read.

My most recent scheme involves a few changes to the cache system (transparent to users) that will allow me to serve data via the CDN edges that will make wallet syncing much, much, much faster. There’s a few things to work out to get that going but I have it framed up in my mind and am ready to get going on it to see how well it performs.

https://docs.turtlepay.io/blockapi/

– IBurnMyCd

TurtleCoin® Web Wallet

This week updated the styling of the web wallet according to TurtleCoin brand guidelines and completed validation on wallet creation. andrew | trtl.rocks in the Discord chat was so kind to show me how to properly use Vuex store. Recently, I have decided to give nuxt.js a try, and decided to use this framework also for this web wallet, which currently only uses vue.js. nuxt.js extends vue.js by offering various presets to build progressive web apps that are SEO friendly and can be hosted in serverless environments.

Fexra

These… you can actually help us with

Good First Issues

Good First Issues are tickets that are marked as ‘easy wins’ for new developers. If you want to be a TurtleCoin® Developer, these are great tasks to start with!

  • Use matches property in ApiDispatcher regex #862
    Some calls in the ApiDispatcher use a regex, for example, getTransactionDetails. They then extract the query parameters. We could instead extract hashStr using the matches property on the req object, by adding a capture group to the hash regex. 
    https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/issues/862
  • Remove no longer relevant asserts #811
    Since pretty much everyone runs the daemon in release mode, instead of debug mode, we’ve ended up where we have a number of asserts which constantly trigger, due to altered/moved/rewritten sections of code.
    https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/issues/811
  • Daemon+WalletBackend timestamp adjustments #704
    The current /getwalletsyncdata rounds a timestamp to midnight. Depending on what time of the day you start a fresh wallet, you may have no blocks to grab (we need to roll back a bit more than we currently do with the timestamp adjustment), or too many (since it’s rounding to midnight which is quite far away).
    https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/issues/704

Pay With TRTL

In Discord we have a channel called #Merchandise where people can post things you can buy with TRTL. To view items for sale, check the pinned posts in that channel. These are a few of the items from this week.

All items in our shop:

  • ‘Small NEOS Voyager Overshoes’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #124437
  • ‘Xbox 360 120GB with 10 Games (+1 PS3 Game)’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #196185
  • ‘Alan Wake Collector’s edition (Xbox 360)’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #196847
  • ‘Diablo 3 + ROS Collectors edition’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #362655
  • ‘Lot of Zombie Books (Walking Dead Mostly)’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #654412
  • ‘Lot of 15 PC games (Most of them are redeemed on steam and will not be usable online)’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #654681
  • ‘Lot of Xbox One Games (12 Games)’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #702770
  • ‘eBook’ by DroppingThePacketsHard²#4751
    ID: #726088
  • ‘SC2 Collector Editions (Main Game + 2 Expansions)’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #750847
  • ‘Gigabyte X570 AORUS MASTE’ by Elkim#7747
    ID: #753245
  • ‘Lot of BluRay discs (Movies, Series)’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #858719
  • ‘ASUS X570 STRIX GAMING-F’ by Elkim#7747
    ID: #862191
  • ‘Final Fantasy XIII2 Collector’s Edition (PS3)’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #867107
  • ‘Lot of 4 Nintendo Gamecub Games.’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #957775
  • ‘ASUS X370 ROG CROSSHAIR VI EXTREME’ by Elkim#7747
    ID: #010771
  • ‘Sega Dreamcast with 3 original games’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #081097
  • ‘Wacom Bamboo Tab MTE-450’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #001659
  • ‘Halo Reach Collector Edition for Xbox 360’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #032088
  • ‘Logitech MX Master 910-004337 5 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Bluetooth Wireless 1600 dp’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #027270

    Provided by fipsi#0789 and DroppingThePacketsHard²#4751
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Weekly Update

This Week In TurtleCoin® (August 28, 2019)

This week, we kicked ass and simultaneously remembered to write about it, further confirming the hypothesis that we live in a simulation.

..and even with this, we still can’t get @turtlecoin on twitter.
Dear @jack, I’m going to need to see some origami.

It has been known since TurtleCoin® began picking up steam after Bebop lost the bet that something special was happening. The community was coming together in more ways than anyone could have anticipated. People all over the world were flocking to join in the project by creating memes, building tools, contributing code, launching services, hosting public nodes, pools, etc.

The community has grown quickly and has seen numerous code forks that follow our lead as we aim to provide a place for education, innovation, and hard work that gives rise to a smarter, more involved, and all together better cryptocurrency experience for all. The community was and still is building something special, ney, Turtlely, that we hope will become a household name. Over a year ago, one of us began the process of helping to protect the TurtleCoin® brand that has been built. One of the core began the process of applying for the trademark “TurtleCoin” with the USPTO using their own funds. Today, August 27, 2019, we received word that the TurtleCoin® trademark registration has completed and the registration certificate has been issued. As the USPTO does not issue trademarks to anonymous communities, the core member has assigned the trademark registration to one of their holding companies with the intent to use the mark solely with the TurtleCoin® project.

Over the course of the next few weeks, you see updates to the project branding guides, website, tools, etc. that reflect the use of the federally registered trademark TurtleCoin®. This is a milestone that many cryptocurrency projects only dream of and often fail to obtain and it is with great pride and excitement that we let everyone know that TurtleCoin® is here to stay.

Developer Updates

This is a place where anybody in our community can submit a post about the TRTL project they’re working on. It’s a great way to attract helpers for your project and show people what to keep an eye out for. We encourage you to show works in progress as well as finished products, as we’re happy to see them all and it shows that we’re an active community.

nodes.turtlecoin.lol

TurtleCoin Blockchain Explorer

I did a bit of work this past weekend and put together a quick node package that polls the list of Public Nodes from the JSON repository. It keeps track of the history much like http://trtl.nodes.pub/ but does so on a 2 minute timer instead of a 10 minute one. Then I wired that up to the TurtlePay blockchain cache API (https://docs.turtlepay.io), added a jazzy display of the data to the Explorer, and hit the commit and push buttons. The result is available via the TurtleCoin Explorer under Nodes. Give it a look and let me know if you have any feedback.

IBMCD

https://explorer.turtlecoin.lol

Zpalmtree (pictured) after the first semi-successful VioletMiner test on ARM boards.

Violetminer

“Hello friends,

A week passes so quickly. The ARM optimizations I mentioned last week got completed, but surprisingly, they actually performed worse than the reference implementation! After some investigation, this is actually to be expected. Rotations are quite slow to perform on NEON and this is a large part of the Argon2 algorithm, which might explain the lack of speed. Don’t quote me on that, though. However, the reference CPU still performs pretty well on SBC’s, and for some people may get better performance than xmrig.

As it turns out, GPUs are quite competitive for chukwa, so I have now started working on adding Nvidia support to violetminer. I’ve never used CUDA before, so am not sure how long this will take or if it will be competitive, but hopefully it will turn out well and teach me a lot too.

If this goes well, I’ll also look into adding AMD support – I don’t have an AMD GPU, so would probably have to buy one or rent one of AWS – that’s why I’m starting with Nvidia.

Shoutout to all the guys in the Mining and ARM channels who have helped test or taught me stuff :)”

Zpalm

https://github.com/turtlecoin/violetminer

Standalone Web Wallet

Started working on a client-side web wallet that can be hosted statically (think Github) or ran locally. The interface will allow users to create new wallets which are stored locally on their device. Users can load these locally stored wallets and see incoming and outgoing transactions as well execute transactions, export keys and generate sub-addresses. As default, the wallet will sync against the Blockchain Cache API provided and maintained by TurtlePay, but users will also have the possibility to sync against any daemon of their liking. Currently only generating new wallets work as seen in the video.

fexra

daemon pinger

This is part 1, part 2 ought to be done next week. All this does is grab the /info blob from a TurtleCoin daemon’s RPC endpoint and measure how long it took for the request. It has been configured to work with the specifics of Google Functions serverless environment, however, as can be seen, the code can run anywhere that supports Node.js 10. Will post another update in the next roundup with part 2 🙂

SoreGums

https://github.com/SoreGums/daemon-pinger

Moving Up!

It’s always good to be recognized! These are the people who gained new roles in the community this week!

  • Fipsi gained the TESTER role this week, thanks Fipsi! Tester role is important to us because it is a self-applied role that people can give themselves if they’d like to be a crash-test-turtle for new releases before they come out. If you’d like to be a Tester, in the discord chat, type *tester in any room to get notifications when we have test builds!

Good First Issues

Good First Issues are tickets that are marked as ‘easy wins’ for new developers. If you want to be a TurtleCoin Developer, these are great tasks to start with!

  • Use matches property in ApiDispatcher regex #862
    Some calls in the ApiDispatcher use a regex, for example, getTransactionDetails. They then extract the query parameters. We could instead extract hashStr using the matches property on the req object, by adding a capture group to the hash regex. 
    https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/issues/862
  • Remove no longer relevant asserts #811
    Since pretty much everyone runs the daemon in release mode, instead of debug mode, we’ve ended up where we have a number of asserts which constantly trigger, due to altered/moved/rewritten sections of code.
    https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/issues/811
  • Daemon+WalletBackend timestamp adjustments #704
    The current /getwalletsyncdata rounds a timestamp to midnight. Depending on what time of the day you start a fresh wallet, you may have no blocks to grab (we need to roll back a bit more than we currently do with the timestamp adjustment), or too many (since it’s rounding to midnight which is quite far away).
    https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/issues/704

Earn TRTL

  • 10-20 TRTL “10 TRTL Bounty – subscribe to DeroGold’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLKotoL38tq9s87CrapTMzQ Just ping me and say subscribed and I will take your word for it (will give a total of 20 trtl if you want to post a screenshot confirmation)” Rogerrobers
  • 500000 “Integrate TurtleCoin in BTCPay Server
    Info: BTCPay Server is one of the most used, self-hosted, free and fully open-source payment processor project focused on privacy. BTCPay Server has beside other things Point of Sale, Crowdfunding appliations and integration in widely used e-commerce platforms like WooCommerce, Drupal, Presta, Magento. Please don’t take the bounty if you have no intentions to maintain it. More at: https://btcpayserver.org/ Bonus 100k TRTL if you use TurtlePay™ to get it done” Elkim

Pay With TRTL

In the Discord we have a channel called #Merchandise where people can post things you can buy with TRTL. To view items for sale, check the pinned posts in that channel. These are a few of the items from this week.

All items in our shop:

  • ‘Small NEOS Voyager Overshoes’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350ID: #124437
  • ‘Alan Wake Collector’s edition (Xbox 360)’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350ID: #196847
  • -Xbox one games’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350ID: #355973
  • ‘Orignal NES in Box’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350ID: #496247
  • Lot of bluray tv series’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350ID: #514474
  • ‘eBook’ by DroppingThePacketsHard²#4751ID: #726088
  • -Gigabyte X570 AORUS MASTE’ by Elkim#7747ID: #753245
  • -ASUS X570 STRIX GAMING-F’ by Elkim#7747ID: #862191
  • Xbox 360 Slim (120GB) + 9 Games’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350ID: #863214
  • ‘Final Fantasy XIII2 Collector’s Edition (PS3)’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350ID: #867107
  • ‘Lot of 4 Nintendo Gamecub Games.’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350ID: #957775
  • ‘Lot of 5 Game Boy Games’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350ID: #983802
  • ‘Lot of bluray movies’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350ID: #994017
  • ASUS X370 ROG CROSSHAIR VI EXTREME’ by Elkim#7747ID: #010771

    Provided by fipsi#0789 and DroppingThePacketsHard²#4751

Free Advertising

This is a spot to spam anything TurtleCoin related that you would like to advertise, it’s free to put an ad in the roundup.

Shoutouts & Thanks

This is the place to mention someone in the community who has done something nice or deserves recognition.

  • Rogerrobers Shout out Leo congrats on the baby!!
  • JAPAKAR DUH di doy doy Thanks to all around here still going strong! I havent been able to get online much at all but looking forward to the 1.8 block!
  • rock shouts out to all the nerds who made chukwa possible, and all the service providers who made a smooth landing on the latest version good work. thanks to the testers who helped, and thanks to everyone who’s been dedicated to this task of keeping mining fair for as many people as possible. you’re doing good stuff.