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The Quest for Lightning Block Propagation

Here we see a Turtle having a bright idea.

TurtleCoin has 30 second block time which makes transactions on the network faster than other projects; however, it poses some challenges in making sure that new blocks propagate across the entire network as quickly as possible to prevent the creation of unnecessary network forks. While increasing the number of nodes on the network helps to achieve this goal, reducing the size of the blocks that are transmitted between nodes allows us to propagate a block so fast it’s almost as if they were transmitted by lightning.

Network Propagation

Block Propagation at its finest

Understanding what information is propagated throughout the network is a requirement for making sense of what we’re trying to accomplish when we talk about speeding up propagation.

Each node that is connected to the network performs vital functions such as, but not limited to:

  • Verifies transactions (signatures, no double spending, structures, etc.)
  • Verifies blocks (makes sure that they meet the difficulty requirements, are valid in the chain, contain valid transactions, etc.)
  • Maintains a transaction pool (transactions that have been submitted to the network but not included in a block)
  • Relays transactions & blocks to peer nodes (those the node is connected to)

Each time that a new transaction, in its entirety, is submitted to a node for processing by a user, that transaction is added to the node’s transaction pool and then relayed to all its connected peers who relay it to their peers until everyone on the network has those transactions.

Mining a Block

We know you crave finding those blocks

Once a transaction is in the transaction pool, it’s hash is then included in the block template that is passed to miners via pools or directly from the node if solo mining.

When a miner (or pool) finds a block the block, with all its glory, it is submitted to the node, it is validated, added to the chain, and then the full block containing every transaction including its inputs, outputs, signatures, etc. is relayed to all the node’s peers. Those peers relay it to their peers after verifying it and adding it to their copy of the blockchain, and so on until everyone has the new block.

Block Propagation Payloads

The full blocks that are sent between nodes have the sizes as reported on the block explorers. Some blocks are small at only a few hundred bytes while others with many transactions or transactions with lots of inputs/outputs can climb to well over 100KB. 100KB does not seem like a lot of data, but when you need 100KB to propagate between >1,000 nodes, it takes considerable time. We need the elapsed time from block creation to full network propagation to be as little as possible to make sure that the nodes that are mined against always have the latest information about the chain.

But… Why?

You may be asking yourself, “If transactions are propagated around the network for the transaction pool and a node already has them, why are we sending them again, in their entirety, with every block that is propagated?”

Things don’t have to make sense to work, right?

To put it bluntly, we don’t need to send everything all the time if a node already has most of the information needed to verify a new block. Sending all of it again is just duplicating things it already has.

Lite Blocks to the Rescue

Block Propagation is like a game of cooperative Tetris

Enter the concept of Lite Blocks. Lite Blocks are a special kind of block created just for synchronization between nodes. A Lite Block is just like a full block except it only contains the transaction hashes not the full contents of the transactions (inputs, outputs, signatures, etc.).

When a node receives a Lite Block, it looks through the list of transaction hashes the block contains, checks its local transaction pool, and plucks the needed transactions from the pool. If it encounters a transaction that is not in its transaction pool (for any reason), it reaches out to its peers and requests just that transaction. Once the node has all the transactions the block contains, the block is verified, and added to the node’s local copy of the blockchain.

The node then starts the relaying process to propagate the new block to its peers. In going through the list of connected peers, it identifies which of its peers support Lite Blocks and which do not support Lite Blocks. It relays the appropriate block type (Full or Lite) to its peers as needed.

If you’re keen for additional reading on the underlying concept of Lite Blocks check out BTC’s BIP-0152 as well as Monero’s Fluffy Blocks.

TurtleCoin’s Implementation

Adding Lite Block functionality results in significantly smaller blocks propagating across the network. In testing, we’ve observed Lite Blocks as little as 1% of the full block size. Transferring 1KB versus 100KB is a momentous reduction in the amount of data transferred between nodes. This reduction helps to improve block propagation times in a massive way. TurtleCoin nodes will now prefer to send Lite Blocks whenever possible to reduce the size of the information exchanged between nodes. The node will fall back to Full Blocks only when necessary.

@rashedmyt has completed the work required to add Lite Blocks into the core TurtleCoin code. He’s built it in such a way that it does not require a fork of any kind as it relies on the P2P version that we use in a couple of different places. Our plans are to activate Lite Block capability with an upgrade to P2P Version 4. This P2P update will make it into the next release of the core TurtleCoin software.

The addition of Lite Blocks was listed as a TurtleCoin bounty and @rashedmyt will be picking up a 2.05M TRTL bounty for the efforts he’s put forth in getting Lite Blocks implemented in the core code. When you see him in Discord give him a high-five and a round of applause.

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Weekly Update

This Week & Last Week in TurtleCoin (DEC 10th & 17th, 2018)

We got a little busy last week and a roundup article didn’t get written. Sorry for that, but there’s no time like the present to get this week’s article published!

Did you know you can type *news to get an alert every time we publish these articles? Try it! Go to the chat, and type *news

Developer Updates

TurtleCoin BLOC GUI Miner(dec 10, 2018) BLOC GUI Miner is a wrapper for XMR-STAK and XMRIG and comes built-in with XMR-STAK. We are working on a new update for our BLOC GUI Miner to support more cryptonote coins and to make it easy for anyone to update a coin or to add-edit a mining pool and much more. The 1st one to be added is TurtleCoin The main interface display the most important informations and links regarding TurtleCoin. We are collecting the data from CoinGecko for each coin and store it into a database where the BLOC GUI Miner has access using a private API. We still have to polish the exchanges stats on the left currently not displaying the right data. But everything else is working. This project is open source so anyone is able to contribute by adding/editing their own mining pools directly using the BLOC GUI Miner GitHub rep as soon as we launch the new version in the next few days. We also have added list of website from the TRTL network, social networks, Coin informations with Price, Network status and more. All the informations are contain in a single file called content.json makes it very easy for everyone to contribute to it. Any feedback is welcome before the official release in few days. Thank you! – FuriousTeam

(dec 17 2018) – First we would like to say a thank you to everyone for the great feedback we got from the previous release. Some users reported us not to be able to start the BLOC GUI Miner on different systems. We spent the last 3 days improving the miner and today we are happy to announce that the new version is fully compatible with all Windows (7 and 10), macOS (Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave) and Linux (14.04, 16.04, 18.04) operating system. Also there was another problem with macOS users with the last build. We found out that XMR-STAK require Xcode and microhttpd dependencies and this is mandatory. Installing such dependencies can be challenging for some users. For this reason we switched the BLOC GUI Miner macOS version to XMRIG as it is included as a bundle so macOS users will not require to installing anything else beside the actual BLOC GUI Miner. This version should work smoothly. Again we are looking for your feedbacks. This is the most important for us. Feedbacks keep us alive. Thank you. What’s new in 0.0.3 ? BLOC GUI Miner v0.0.3 comes with XMR-STAK 2.7.1 or XMRIG 2.8.3 already built-in, including configuration files for CPU and GPU mining in most of the cases. – Added XMRIG full support for all current and future coins – Fixed content.json file (that cause a major crash on the previous version) – Updated XMR-STAK with latest official binaries v2.7.1 – Replaced XMR-RIG for macOS – 7 binaries available for Windows, macOS, Linux v0.0.3 update details: https://github.com/furiousteam/BLOC-GUI-Miner/releases/tag/v0.0.3 BLOC GUI Miner Github: https://github.com/furiousteam/BLOC-GUI-Miner How to install on windows: https://wiki.bloc.money/mining/BLOC-GUI-Miner-using/#windows How to install on macOS: https://wiki.bloc.money/mining/BLOC-GUI-Miner-using/#mac-os How to install on Linux: https://wiki.bloc.money/mining/BLOC-GUI-Miner-using/#linux How to mine TurtleCoin: https://wiki.bloc.money/mining/bloc-gui-miner-using/#mining-turtlecoin-trtl BLOC GUI Miner is a beautiful, easy to use, Graphical User interface for mining multiple cryptocurrencies based on cryptonote. It is aimed at getting people that have never tried mining before with a focus on accessibility, security and simplicity. BLOC GUI Miner support two very popular miner backends: xmr-stak and xmrig BLOC GUI Miner comes with XMR-STAK 2.7.1 and XMRIG 2.8.3 already built-in, including configuration files for CPU and GPU mining in most of the cases. Some antivirus packages detect cryptocurrency miners as malware and will remove the miner as soon as it’s started. In order for the BLOC GUI miner to function, you’ll need to exclude the miner from being scanned by your antivirus software. Download and install BLOC GUI Miner for Windows, Mac and Linux from GitHub Everyone can add their own cryptocurrency to the BLOC GUI Miner as long as it is supported by XMR-STAK and XMRIG. In the same time everyone can add/edit a mining pool into the BLOC GUI Miner. More details here: https://github.com/furiousteam/BLOC-GUI-Miner/tree/master/coins Much more is coming soon. – FuriousTeam

https://github.com/furiousteam/BLOC-GUI-Miner

lite-blocks – The testnet is going good so far.. we have achieved more than 95% reduction in size of the block being propogated.. some more testing and then you all can benefit from this new feature.. If I am thinking right then following are the benefits/advantages
1. less bandwidth usage for those who are running nodes 24/7
2. takes less time to reach more nodes compared to current situation
3. from the above point we can also deduce that less orphans will be created
Also iburnmycd is writing an article entirely based on this feature.. I’m eager to see what he comes up with – Rashedmyt

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/pull/623

CN_Turtle Testnet – Now that PoW algo [1] has been announced for block 1,200,000 lets start testing it all out. The project needs some people to run some infrastructure (seed nodes, pool, explorer). We’ll also need some testers to send a few hundred hashes at it and check the miners are all OK as they get updated. In the next day or two we’ll be able to compile the testnet bits [2] and even just run straight from containers [3] then we’ll aim for an upgrade height for around midnight Saturday UTC specifically block 1,060,600. So anyone that wants to help out with infrastructure bits please ping me SoreGums#8071 in discord [4] to get added to #dev_testnet, everyone has access to view this channel if you’re curious as well. – soregums
[1] https://blog.turtlecoin.lol/archives/proof-of-work-algorithm-change/
[2] https://github.com/turtlecoin/testnet/tree/cntrtl-v2
[2] https://github.com/SoreGums/docker
[3] http://chat.turtlecoin.lol

https://github.com/turtlecoin/testnet/tree/cntrtl-v2

TurtleEDU – The first week of the beta-semester for TurtleEDU is underway! Our test-students have already found a bunch of bugs and corrections, and even a whole section I’d forgotten to upload. Current obstacles are still working out some kinks in the login/email system, thanks to Greywolf for your patience and help troubleshooting in the meantime. Overall, we’ve received positive remarks mostly, and plan to add more revisions to the class before proceeding with the next classes. We’d like to move in a logical order from newbie -> smart TRTL user, and then next we’d like to turn those smart TRTL users into qualified TRTL contributors! If you don’t know what that means, we’re going to be teaching you what you need to know to be able to get the pink role in the chat “contributor”. After that we’ll be moving into development classes so you can learn the way to earn a red “service operator” or bright pink “developer” role! Cowabunga! If you want to know more, go ahead and type *student in the chat to get your “student” role which gives you access to the EDU_NEWS channel in the chat, your source for all TurtleEDU news and announcements. – RockSteady

If you’d like to report an error or correction, please post it in this meta post: https://github.com/turtlecoin/meta/issues/133

If you’d like to check out TurtleEDU, here you go: http://edu.turtlecoin.lol

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It’s that time of year again! To celebrate the holiday’s, turtlenode.online is laying down a special price. Check it out.

New GUI for NibbleClassic! NBXleather linux edition https://github.com/Sudosups/NBX-GUI/releases

Join the the ducks in finding turtles. My pool is based on the west coast of the USA. 0.1% fee – https://trtl.muxdux.com

TurtleCoin Bounties

2,000 TRTL – Image of a Turtle School – Sajo8

25,000 TRTL – Integrate TurtleCoin into Keybase client software – if(true)

1,000 TRTL – video about how to make pub node. – thcmaster

250,000 – Integrate Trezor T as auth/login method into the NEST wallet – Elkim

Fork Watch!

Name of your TRTL fork:
Aeon Classic
Github link for your code:
What is special or new about your network?
Privacy Oriented With A Mobile Focus
Decentralized digital currency is slowly becoming a normal part of everyday life. Yet everybody’s main internet device continues to be their cellphone, a device with a low-powered CPU and limited available storage. Aeon Classic is about enabling this era, enabling an age where all people everywhere have the freedom to privately send and receive money with whatever gadget they already own.
Aeon Classic team is pleased to announce an android application for shellnet based webwallets. We will be adding additional features in the future.
https://github.com/Biolith/android-wallet-wrapper/releases

Shoutouts & Thanks

Rock – Rashed, great job on lite-blocks, this will really help the network! I hope your bounty was a fun prize to receive! I’m proud of your work.

anon – shoutout to kev and beary for being awesome

Rock – Big thanks to Uran and the TurtleCoin China team out there translating our weekly roundup articles to Chinese for our people in the East! As a global project, it is important to us to reach all segments of the community to help our neighbors who speak other languages. I encourage all of you who are part of international communities to follow their example and spread the word to those in your neighborhood. Hello China!! 🙂

Rogerrobers – Shout to chef and capetn keep up the good wrkz work!

Rock – Thanks to FuriousTeam for including us in their GUI miner work, this should help out a lot of new Turtles who want to get started mining.

Morpheus – Happy Birthday, TurtleCoin! Congrats’ and well done to everyone who played a part in making TurtleCoin the success it is! Radical, Duuudes!

Rock – CN Turtle is something I can’t wait to see in action, thanks to IBMCD for your work, and thanks to everyone who helped test it.

Mufalo – shoutout to fexra and birfday boi, nice work with edu turtle, lets grow!

Rock – Thanks to my partner Fexra for helping out with TurtleEDU! and thanks to the students who are in our first beta semester finding bugs for the EDU team! Thanks Greywolf for helping troubleshoot our login and email system.

 

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Weekly Update

This Week In TurtleCoin (Dec 3, 2018)

We are 1 week away from our 1 year birthday party! I hope you’ve got your party hat on!

Developer Community Updates

Turtlecoin Identicon Generator – Having trouble recognizing your public TRTL address? Now you can convert your boring address into something more fun. Identicons let you quickly check that you are sending to the correct TRTL address since changing just a single letter will change the image. Will you be on Green Team, Red Team, or maybe the super rare Yellow Team? Find out by entering your address at https://wallet.trtl-store.com/check.html – mosu_forge 

https://wallet.trtl-store.com/check.html

RainBorgCore – This week I did some work on the RainBorgCore code to further make it usable by our community’s forks. I changed the code to allow reading a balance directly from a tip bot database if it’s hosted on the same server (so an endpoint needn’t be set up), fixed some timeout issues, reworked how the core logic works to hopefully minimize any CPU bottlenecks, and added additional configuration. On top of all that, I finally got around to doing a write-up on how she works and to hopefully provide some information on setting her up on your own server. See the readme/wiki on the GitHub repo. – Canti

https://www.github.com/turtlecoin/RainBorgCore

TurtleCoin.lol – I redesigned the node map for the homepage. It display active nodes (seen in within in last 10 minutes) on a map of the world and draws currently random connections between them. The script that grabs the nodes does provide coordinates of known peers for each peer, so actual connections can be drawn with most likely a few edits on the client side. I will leave this for someone else 🙂 – fexra

https://github.com/fexra/trtl-network-api

TurtleWallet.lol – TurtleWallet got some graphical updates this week! The online web wallet now offers a night mode theme along with an one click graph conversion for TRTL base pairs (BTC/LTC/ETH). Observant turtles should further notice small graphical tweaks and enhancements that should improve the overall user experience. – fexra

https://turtlewallet.lol

trtl-cli-py – I implemented the all pools function! Run “pools all” for detailed stats on all pools! Check it out – Sajo8

https://github.com/turtlecoin/trtl-cli-py

TwitchTurtle – TwitchTurtle has a HUGE update! TRTL.TV is a fast new service that allows viewers to donate to an integrated address with their message and name. All you gotta do if you are a streamer is check the dashboard and share the link, or add your Twitch username (capitalization matters) to TRTL.TV/uSeRnAmE. Its live now! Start streaming, start donating, start twitchturtling! – Watter

https://trtl.tv

lite-blocks – Another update for another weekly roundup.. my exams are finished and I was like “let’s get this thing merged before the anniversary.. “took some valuable suggestions from iburnmycd and zpalmtree, implemented the feature as requested (99%).. hoping the testnet will be deployed soon to check whether it’s working as expected or not..
Changes in implementation: Instead of requesting a lite block with missing transactions.. we just request the transactions from the sender.. – Rashedmyt

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/pull/623

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Fork Watch!

Name of your TRTL fork:
NibbleClassic
Github link for your code:
What is special or new about your network?:
NibbleClassic has a block time of 150 seconds which is what I like to dub as being in the goldilocks zone… at 150 seconds, this gives 24 blocks at a one hour rate, based on the supply and emmision rate, pushes 200 reward per block as a starting point, not too little a reward, not too much, just right… The goldilocks zone. We have an awesome community, we now have 2 official mining pools, a block explorer, awesome website, Paper wallet. And the best part is, under the hood were TURTLE powered! Our community is rapidly growing, bringing in new ideas and new developments, all adding to the future success of NibbleClassic

Shoutouts & Thanks

rogerrobers – Shoutout to jerme404 and dsanon and khem boi da trtl!

rock – shoutout to IBMCD for kicking ass on a daily basis. I learn a lot from you.

Lingkarcakra – TURTLE POWER INDONESIA

rock – shoutout to jerme, doge4, khem, granpa, beary, japakar, roger, mufalito for always leaving me treats under my pillow 😀

Mufalito – Thanks to roger and xaz for being here day by day in our projects, youre so nice guys, you roger are a good community promoter and you xaz you’re a smart ass guy <3 . thanks to rock for creating turtlecoin and open the gates of a nice community where i’ve meet FRENS. Special thanks to dsanon and jermy for creating the monkeytips web wallet. aWxvdmVteWZpdGxhZHM= d2VtaXNzeW91dW5jbGVjcmFwcHk=

rock – thanks to campurro for keeping his word and open sourcing his merge mining code

rock – holler at folks right now with the upper hand mining. Your days are up. I hope your fpga can mine aeon.

 

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This Week In TurtleCoin (Nov 19, 2018)

Developer Updates

Hunter Faucet – A new faucet has finally launched! Hunter Faucet is a TurtleCoin faucet with an extra twist to it! Referral links and special “Hunter Codes” are features of this faucet. Hunter Codes allow users to redeem more than the default amount of TRTL. Users can also create referral links so that they can refer other users to the hunter faucet for a small TRTL kickback. Happy hunting! – Xaz

https://faucethunter.online/index.php

Vendible – Vendible’s vision is to be the solution for the future global economy by building an all-encompassing commerce ecosystem. We are completing an integrated eCommerce payment gateway which offers merchants access to traditional credit and debit payments alongside Bitcoin, PIVX, IoP, Litecoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, Cardano, Monero, and Turtlecoin. Further developments will include a multi-currency wallet with brick-and-mortar POS functionality, a teller system for merchants which will facilitate exchange of digital assets, savings accounts, payroll and budgeting functionality, P2P payments, and more. We want to see adoption in communities which have cross-border ties as we see a tremendous opportunity for both merchants and users of the platform to transfer value. Vendible-to-Vendible transactions will not incur fees. We are led by founders and organization leaders from PIVX, IoP, Libertaria, and Sentinel and are creating a decentralized governance model where the people using the platform will decide the future of its development through a tokenized system which rewards use. – Memnon

https://discord.gg/57dQ2N9

https://www.vendible.org

New! TurtleCities Upgrades! – You can now double your storage from one floppy to a dual density floppy for a whopping total of 2.88mb of space on your TurtleCities account! The best compliment for so much room for activities is a Shell Account! That’s right, with the help of a Telnet session, you can connect to a remotely hosted linux shell account, just for you! Get one today! Now, currently offering BASH, FISH and ZSH! Note to those waiting on the list, I only check about once a week or two, so if you’re waiting for your account to be activated, ping me in the discord chat and I’ll usually be able to set you right up. – Rock (Chief Donut Officer, TurtleCities Intl.)

http://pages.turtlecoin.lol

TurtlePay™ Explorer – TurtlePay™ has been making moves with a completely rewritten explorer with a brand new caching mechanism that makes it super fast. To tell you the truth, I promised IBMCD I’d write something about it, but it’s about midnight and the bedtime beers are taking me, and I last second remembered the fact that I forgot to write this about two seconds before hitting submit. phew! – Rock

https://turtlepay.io

TurtleWallet – As some of you turtles may know, TurtleWallet is powered by TRTL.Services, which provides the backend logic and automation for creating addresses and processing payments and comes with an frontend API. The last month and a half I been extensively testing the platform with the help of TurtleWallet, which is currently the only active app build on top of this.

In the coming days, I will publish a detailed article dedicated to TRTL.Services – with all its upcoming features and nifty tools, but for this article I will primarly focus on TurtleWallet. I’m very excited to report that since the launch date of TurtleWallet (39 days ago), we have had no major incidents or bugs to report. However, as you all know this does not mean that there was a lot of room for improvement! Hence, this week I will be upgrading TurtleWallet and TRTL.Service and wanted to share some screenshots.

Statistics (39 days)
– 309 users
– 386 accounts
– 7,181 transactions
– 69,596,355.10 TRTL processed in payments
– 311,383.99 TRTL in collected service fees
– 1,357,557.81 TRTL in operation costs

New Features + Fixes:
– Export sub-address keys support
– Activity details (modal overview)
– Graph bug fix + design improvement
– Accurate conversion to 12 decimals for in total of 50 cryptocurrencies, fiat currencies and assets.
– Recaptcha on login / register
– Rate limiter on transfers
– Account Oversight UI improvement
– Dependency + library upgrades (including client side)
– Improved transaction confirmation tracking
Fexra

https://turtlewallet.lol

rainborg – I just wanted to give a brief update on RainBorg, as I know a few of you noticed she’s gone through some changes recently. Originally I was hosting her on a GCP server that I could no longer afford to run, so a member of our community stepped in to run her. Once they could no longer run her either, she went down for 2 weeks or so while looking for a new host. Thankfully Z stepped in and he now runs her! Beyond hosting, she’s also been getting some updates over time. A few weeks back she was updated to RainBorgCore (AKA RainBorg 2.0), which gives cross-platform support, and since then I’ve been slowly adding and changing things here and there to make her be more adaptable to our community’s forked coins that are starting to use the tip bot for their own coins. Once she’s fully ready for primetime, I’ll be ahead and do a small write-up on how to deploy her as well as tip bot for other coins. Also, while I’m here writing, here are her current top stats:
Total TRTL Sent: 7,203,876.8 TRTL
Total Tips Sent: 53,097
Average Tip: 135.67 TRTL
Canti

https://www.github.com/BrandonT42/RainBorgCore

Traveling around Australia – We are currently traveling around Australia showing people on the road and around where ever we go Turtle Coin. Since embarking on this expedition we had had truck drivers call us on the radio and ask what is a Turtle Coin and it has also been a conversation starter in some caravan parks where people are curious what a Turtle Coin is, some people have been interested and some not so interested once they find out it’s crypto related. If you are in Australia and have seen the van gives us a shout on discord and let us know. Later on in our travels we plan to stop at a Turtle breeding beach and see if we can either leave a sticker with them and maybe donate some turtles to some turtles. – aneki

Image result for bricks of cocaine

lite-blocks – Last week I have detailed you guys what are lite-blocks and how do they work.. and here is the update in its development.. I have finished the necessary functions required to handle lite-blocks and request any missing transactions.. The only left-over thing is to add CLI-option to activate lite-blocks and logic to determine which peers support lite-blocks and which do not.. I hope with the help of iburnmycd, I can complete those things within no time..(bcoz he was responsible for the code which kicked unsupported nodes and also for the new CLI-options which will be in the next release) – rashedmyt

https://github.com/rashedmyt/turtlecoin/tree/lite-blocks

Shellnet is ready for forking! – The amazing Shellnet webwallet is now more forkable than ever. As it turns out, forking TurtleCoin gives you access to a ridiculous suite of complementary software and services. In fact, you can now get a very solid web wallet with very little effort! Check out my WIP forking guide for Shellnet! – jerme404

https://github.com/jerme404/shellnet-webwallet-go/blob/master/docs/forking-guide.md

TRTL-CLI-py – I added support for cryptonote.social for the pool stats so it won’t crash anymore. Yay! I’ve also made progress on a command where you can grab detailed stats of all the pools at once, should come out in a few days – Sajo8

https://github.com/turtlecoin/trtl-cli-py

Medium Article – I thought I would write my thoughts on the importance of TurtleCoin. – Alien

https://medium.com/@AlienTurtle/a-turtlecoin-testimony-b9ccb482cf38

Rewriting all the things! – Now that I finished rewriting the wallet backend, I decided to start rewriting turtle-service, to use the new backend. I found a nice HTTP server library, and stuff was going well, but I was hitting a segfault when closing a wallet and reopening a new one.
Basically what was going on is the NodeRpcProxy takes a reference to some logger objects, and when we destroy the wallet instance, they go out of scope. Normally, the NodeRpcProxy would be destroyed as well, however, since the code is a bit dodgy, the shutdown() routine doesn’t really work.
To get round this, instead of waiting for it to shutdown, I simply detached the thread, leaving it running in the background to shutdown in it’s own time. However, since it takes references to these loggers, which are now out of scope, it crashes when trying to write a message to them. I attempted a fix, but then I got an even weirder error which I couldn’t figure out how to fix.
I said screw it, I’ll just rewrite the NodeRpcProxy then. I haven’t though of a name for it yet, so I’m calling it Nigel. It shouldn’t be too tricky to use, since I can use the same nice HTTP library I’m using, and a nice JSON library. Hopefully, then Valgrind (a memory checker) will help me find bugs – When you run it currently, the code has so many bugs it prints out a few hundred a second so you can’t find out what’s wrong 🙁
Back to the API – This will hopefully be a lot nicer for developers to use than current turtle-service. For one, you’ll open/import wallets via the API. This has a massive bonus of you not having to parse log files to find out if the wallet opened successfully or not.
Second, you’ll be able to swap nodes without having to close turtle-service. This will allow for richer experiences where the software can detect if your node appears to have gone offline, and can offer or automatically swap to another node.
It’s also using a more REST-like API – Thanks to Iburnmycd for helping me with this. I’m using Swagger (http://editor.swagger.io/) for the documentation – nice find Fexra – Which along with generating a really nice UI, will also generate API wrappers in something like 40 different programming languages for you – super cool! – Zpalm

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/tree/wallet-api

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TRTL Bounties

100k – Get TRTL listed on DELTA Direct. – MrSquiggle
This had been completed already at the time of it being posted. (I’ll still claim it if the 100k is up for grabs however 😀 – rock)

Shoutouts & Thanks

Sajo8 – Shoutout to mose_forge for providing these dope turtlecoin swag!! https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/471023390954618883/513146088891482114/image0.jpg

rogerrobers – Shout out to rynem for giving me a site – totalcarnage.turtacus.com is dedicated to the one and only Captain Ginyu

greywolf – thanks to Catgirl and DiscoTim for hosting another great bingo party! there were over 50 turtles enjoying games of bingo and some slots payouts; with lots and lots of friendly chatter.

anon – who farted?

japakar – Everyone at Turtlecoin in Discord 🙂 You guys are awesome!

rock – shout to rashed, canti, fexra, ibmcd, and zpalm for their hard work this week on the core suites!

rock – shoutouts to rogerrobers for being the first person to upgrade to a dual density floppy on his TurtleCities page!

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Weekly Update

This Week in TurtleCoin (Nov 12, 2018)

This week was one of the best yet! Between playing the games you guys made with your TurtleCities pages, and ones you wanted to watch on TwitchTurtle, I’m spent! Awesome community participation this week, and we’re really looking forward to next week!