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This Week In TurtleCoin (December 3, 2019)

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baby yoda who?

This week we gained a decent amount of miners from the XMR community. Welcome šŸ™‚ Thank you for helping us grow as a network.

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.

Turtle Wear 2.0

So Turtle wear 1.0 has been around for a couple of years now. One of the biggest annoyances I had when making it was the reliance on a companion app in Android which blocked off iOS and Standalone watch owners from using it. Turtle wear 2.0 is now a standalone application meaning it can be used regardless of your phone and work just fine! Itā€™s also up to date with the latest play store requirements so itā€™s no longer in danger of being kicked off the app store at the end of the year.

Seperot

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtle-wear https://ijh.dev/

Fee per byte

I’ve been working on adding fee per byte to the TurtleCoin codebase. This is where the minimum fee for a transaction is defined by how large in bytes the transaction uses. It makes sense to charge by this metric as the nodes both have to store the transaction and they have to process the transaction, and large transactions are slower to process.

So far I’ve added the code to WalletBackend which drives zedwallet and wallet-api, just need to add it to the daemon and turtle-service. I’ll also need to add it turtlecoin-wallet-backend which drives TonChan and Proton, but that’ll be relatively easy as the codebase is quite similar to WalletBackend.

zpalm

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/compare/developmentā€¦zpalmtree:fee-per-byte?expand=1

Proton v1.1.1 out now!

Hey everybody, there’s a new version of Proton Wallet out now as I’m sure your wallets have already notified you. Check those digits, we’ve made it to v1.1.1! Sick trips!

This is basically a bug fix release. Z and IBMCD were kind enough to find and squash some bugs in the backend that I use for the wallet, as well as some user-reported bugs related to wallet creation and some other things. (Check the changelog if you want the intimate details.)

IBMCD has implemented strict version-checking on his blockchain cache as well, so you’ll find if you do NOT update to the newest walet, your wallet may no longer sync at all. So please update!

Thanks again everybody. As far as what’s next for Proton, I’m planning on beginning work on implementing subwallets (ie, multiple addresses in one wallet file) just as soon as we get deterministic subwallets merged into the backend.

Stay cool TurtleCoin Community,
ExtraHash

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtle-wallet-proton/releases

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!

Shoutouts & Thanks

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

greywolf i can’t thank zpalmtree enough for being the only one with the patience and tolerance to answer the numerous questions from a normie one who is one step away from being tagged with the spoonfed role. i learn slowy, and much of this shit is way over my ability to easily grasp. he is the only one who still exemplifies the qualities of being a good turtle that i read about early last year in an article in Medium that i got linked to from a tweet that was part of a series “What is xxxx”, in which new cryptocurrencies were highlighted every week. that story brought me into the community, and zpalmtree has been very helpful to me all along the painful journey.

japanesecar As always, great group! Happy to support it and thank all of you for doing the same!

anon applause to the developers and contributors who make this happen

Zpalm Congratulations to teacup for winning the Christmas discord logo bounty. If you hover over the discord icon now, it should snow animated snowflakes.

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This Week in TurtleCoin (November 27, 2019)

This week we tightened up our turkey gravy recipes as well as our core software while we reflected on how thankful we are to have such a talented community. Read on to find out more!

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.

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Have you ever had a calculator on your belt clip? Of course not, because you haven’t won a crypto hackathon yet. Where’s the next crypto hackathon, you say? Well buddy, we’ve got you covered.

TurtleCoin Crypto Hackathon 2019

We have 15 Million TRTL looking for a new home, and have 24 teams so far who’ve signed up for the TurtleCoin Crypto Hackathon 2019 (Signups open until December 1), and so far of those 24, 9 have left their details to be contacted during the hackathon for an article about their projects. That’s a great turnout, and a surprisingly even balance between devs and non-devs.

https://crypto-hackathon.com/

We are excited to thank the following teams for their participation: ZenTurtles, Why Canti Think of a Team Name, Heroā€™s in a Half Shell, MobileTortile, Lord_Enzo, that turtle, KurdĆ®stan, Born without a shell, Spanner Pouch, Hashterisk, AMC, JS TRTLz, TeamXenth, hebeblock, E Squad, Kick Ass Turts, Psychotic Silverfish, MXZ, Save the Turtles, eyegenvalue, termek, Oiboo Games, Double-O-Seven, ninja

Raw blocks syncing

This week I’ve been working on adding raw block syncing to wallets. So far I’ve just added it to zedwallet and wallet-api. Currently, when syncing wallets, the daemon collects blocks and transactions from the database, deserializes it, and dumps it out to JSON. The wallet then parses that JSON and processes the blocks.

With this patch, the daemon instead returns the unparsed, raw blocks from the database as JSON. We then perform the deserialization in our wallet, and then process the blocks.

The advantage of this is two-fold. The first one is that generally wallets are waiting on the daemon to supply more data, rather than busy processing blocks. This new RPC call is a lot faster to complete than the current one, and so when the daemon is serving lots of wallets, it means that the wallets will spend less time waiting to retrieve data, and more time processing blocks, which means faster sync times.

The second advantage is that the raw blocks are much more compact than the full block data in JSON, so data usage will be decreased.

The next step is to add this feature to the JS backend so TonChan and Proton can benefit from it.

Zpalm

TonChan v1.0.2

Small TonChan release going out today. It fixes a bug where you were unable to sync past a particularly huge block.

Also fixes a bug with node swapping when you changed screens before the node swap completed.

Finally, it fixes QR codes not populating the amount to send correctly in some scenarios.

As always, you can view the full set of changes on GitHub: https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin-mobile-wallet/compare/v1.0.1ā€¦v1.0.2

Zpalm

Moving Up!

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

Service Operator – Miner.rocks, zhang

Reporter – Khorosho!

Tester – rollinghavoc

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!

Rig Of The Week

Do you have a TRTL mining rig you want to show off? Tell us about it!

Anton – Simple raspberry pi mining cluster 2.4KH/s

Bounty Watch!

This is an easy way to make a few TRTL!

50,000 “Make a TurtleCoin Christmas Themed Logo! This will be used for the discord server icon. The deadline is the 30th November, 11:59pm GMT.

To see more details, and the entries so far, check out the pinned message in the #bounties channel in discord.” zpalm

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.

  • Hello. My name is Kevin, owner of SpookyPool.nl. My goal with SpookyPool is to create a great community with fun people and having a nice chat about crypto and other stuff. Having TurtleCoin in my pool since a while ago has been fun. Learned alot of new things and meet alot of new people. I would like to ask u to join the community of SpookyPool by mining TurtleCoin or some other currency! http://trtl.spookypool.nl
  • Please support the muxdux turtlecoin mining pool – Active Discord with great people, very low pool and tx fees, great hardware infrastructure https://trtl.muxdux.com

Shoutouts & Thanks

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

  • Japakar pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
  • Japakar Thanks all to the community as always! You guys are great!
  • Turtley McTurtleton McDrizzle Hi there!
  • japakar.com You guys are awesome! Vury nice. She is my sister.
  • rock thankful that we spent this year together

and one last thing..

Earlier today, the question was asked in the Discord chat what everyone was thankful for this year. We said we’d publish them on the roundup, so here they are, in no specific order.

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This Week In TurtleCoin (October 16, 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.

TurtleCoin + IPFS

TurtleCoin Checkpoints
People have been using checkpoints for quite some time now to help speed up their daemon in syncing with the network. The generation of the checkpoints has been handled via automatic generation since May 7, 2018. Since then, like clockwork, and with almost a 100% success rate, the checkpoints have been updated, pushed, and pull requested into the GitHub repository for the entire community to download as needed.

As the chain has grows bigger, the size of the checkpoints file grows as well. GitHub has a maximum single file size limitation without using addons (git-lfs). We worked around the last time we bumped into the limit by separating the checkpoints into two CSV files, the first containing the first million blocks, and the second containing everything else. The two files were joined together into one, compressed, and committed into the repo. Unfortunately, we were quickly approaching the need to split the file again, thereby creating three such CSV files; however, the resulting zip or tarball would have exceeded that same file size limitation. This is a problem for the whole community.

A while back, Rock mentioned something like, “”it would be cool if we could put checkpoints in IPFS””. Such thoughts were noted, tucked away, and you know, forgotten. As I started receiving warnings regarding coming up on the file size limit again, I investigated this option. Over a few days, I’ve put together a new checkpointing service, distribution systems, and leveraged the help of a few IPFS pinning services, to automatically update and deploy the checkpoints into IPFS. The checkpoints latest checkpoints are always available via IPFS and I’ve hijacked the site at http://checkpoints.turtlecoin.lol to provide a list of IPFS gateways where you can pick up the latest checkpoints (timed from your browser), provide details on how to use the checkpoints, given instruction on how to help distribute the checkpoints using IPFS, and even included a few developer tidbits for those of you that want to find the latest checkpoints programmatically.

Enjoy and hit me up in #dev_general if you have any questions or suggestions.
IBMCD
http://checkpoints.turtlecoin.lol

Threaded RPC

Threaded RPC
Been a busy few weeks, in fact I forgot to submit an update last week. The big thing I’ve been working on is putting the daemon RPC server on a separate thread. This allows the daemon to respond much quicker when it’s busy processing blocks and transactions.

The first version was a very simple change, and just passed the existing code through a new server and on a new thread. You can find that here if you want to try it out: https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/pull/903

This version had a few multi threading issues which could cause crashes or bad data to be returned. So, I’ve been working on a full rewrite of the entire RPC code so I can more easily track down the crashes, modernize the codebase, and more easily add synchronization.

You can find this WIP here: https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/compare/developmentā€¦zpalmtree:threaded-rpc-wip

It currently has enough methods added to allow syncing a wallet with zedwallet-beta or wallet-api or proton. Once i’ve re-added all the other methods, I’ll start adding synchronization to fix the crashes with the first version.

Some other benefits of rewriting the whole module include much better CORS support, so you can access the daemon RPC from a browser with more ease, better error messages, and it setting a foundation for being able to build a much more friendly REST api. Finally, it will hopefully make it quicker to add new RPC methods and makes the wallet-api and daemon rpc code very similar.” Zpalm

ExtraHash rollin out after the interview

ExtraHash Interview
Big thanks to ExtraHash for taking time to do an interview with us. For those of you who don’t know, ExtraHash develops our default GUI wallet, and is also our newest Core Contributor, which is quite the accomplishment for someone who started out as a newbie when we initially took him home from the pound! Hope you guys enjoy, and we’d love to hear your suggestions for the next developer to interview for the series.
RockSteady
https://blog.turtlecoin.lol/archives/extrahash-interview/

TurtleEDU: Intro to Git

TurtleEDU: Intro to Git
The second class for TurtleEDU is ready, this class has Intro to TurtleCoin as a prerequisite, so make sure you’ve taken that first! It covers introductory Git usage which should make you qualified to be a Contributor or Developer if you’re interested in learning.

In this class we create Turtle’s Pizza Shop and use Git to store our pizza recipes in a repository to share with our friends. I think you’ll like it!
RockSteady
https://edu.turtlecoin.lol https://edu.turtlecoin.lol/course/intro-to-git

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Congrats to everyone who levelled up this week šŸ˜€

Moving Up!

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

Footclan – Iburnmycd

Developer – Mufalo

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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!

Shoutouts & Thanks

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

rock – “Such thoughts were noted, tucked away, and you know, forgotten” looool ibmcd

rock – shout out to sisyphus and ibmcd for helping me with the course and quiz content for Intro to Git

Zpalm – Shoutout to fexra for another project started

Japakar is the best in the west of china. – Thanks community and individual members! You all make this place the best!

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This Week In TurtleCoinĀ® (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 šŸ™‚

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.

TurtleCoinĀ® 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

TurtleCoinĀ® 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

TurtlePayĀ® 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

TurtleCoinĀ® 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 TurtleCoinĀ® 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, weā€™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 itā€™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 DroppingThePacketsHardĀ²#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 DroppingThePacketsHardĀ²#4751
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This Week In TurtleCoin (September 17, 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

violetminer

I made some great progress on the Nvidia backend for violetminer this week. It’s now working, and hashing at a pretty decent speed. There are still a few more things I need to fix before making a release, however. Firstly, it instantly crashes on Windows 10, due to Windows 10 seemingly reserving about 20% of GPU’s vram. When I limit the memory usage, the performance suffers, so am not sure how best to solve this issue yet.

Secondly, I think I need to alter my code to use streams instead. With the current method, the CPU spins in a loop waiting for the kernel to finish. I believe this is the cause of hashrate being significantly reduced when CPU mining is enabled – the CPU is too busy mining itself to wait for the GPU kernel to finish.

I’ve been working on getting all the automated CI builds working with CUDA, so people don’t have to compile themselves. So far, Linux with both GCC and Clang are working, and so is Mac OSX – but Windows is being a bit of a pain to find the installed cuda toolset. I think I’m getting pretty close to fixing it, however.

Oh – I also need to check the miner works correctly on multiple GPUs. I think I’ve done the programming right, but don’t have multiple GPUs myself, so can’t really test.

I probably also need to add an intensity option for people who don’t want to run their GPUs at max speed.

Zpalm

https://github.com/turtlecoin/violetminer/tree/nvidia

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/sharepoint/en-US/15b9654e-5da7-45b7-93de-e8b63faef064/windows-10-does-not-let-cuda-applications-to-use-all-vram-on-especially-secondary-graphics-cards

turtlecoin-wallet-backend-js

More updates to the JavaScript/TypeScript wallet backend this week. Additions includeā€¦

  • Auto optimization is now functioning as expected, so your wallet is always ready to send the max amount possible
  • Using pre-generated key images to speed up transaction creation
  • Improving error messages returned when the daemon fails to process our transaction
  • Lots of logging improvements to help out developers debugging

Together with ExtraHash and iburnmycd we’ve also been doing a lot of investigation into some rare issues with wallet syncing, and wallet transacting. A ton of bugs have been found and fixed, so hopefully we’ll see a lot less of those weird issues when utilising the js backend or the blockchain cache.

It looks like the library is getting a fair bit of usage in different projects – I’m seeing the library getting downloaded over 130 times a week, and is now being included by at least 24 different projects on GitHub!

As a reminder to folks who may not know what the library does, it lets you run a full client side wallet entirely in JavaScript, with no other processes needed. This allows for a lot of options on how to use the wallet, given how versatile JavaScript is. It also allows a much more seamless and integrated experience for the users, as it does not require a flaky RPC API interface to be used.

I have a few more interesting features I hope to get added in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned ;o

Zpalm

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin-wallet-backend-js

Client Side Web Wallet

This week I have had time to work on the client side web wallet. The wallet creation, storage and retrieval process is functional as seen in the above video. Next is to create a dashboard that will feature incoming and outcoming transactions; transfer capability; browser integrated notifications; remote syncing support; and export/import wallets. All wallets are stored in localStorage in encrypted JSON format.

fexra

BLOC GUI MINER

BLOC GUI Miner is a beautiful, easy to use, Graphical User interface for mining multiple cryptocurrencies based on cryptonote. The BLOC GUI Miner is easy to use and makes you getting started with mining cryptocurrency on Windows, MacOS and Linux in no time.

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 2.10.7 and XMRIG 3.1.1 already built-in, including configuration files for CPU and GPU mining in most of the cases.

What’s new in v1.1.1 ?
A lot of updates in this release. BLOC GUI Miner now support following crypto-currencies:

  • BLOC.MONEY (BLOC)
  • TurtleCoin (TRTL) (New Chukwa Algorithm supported)
  • RYO (RYO)
  • Haven (XHV)
  • Monero (XMR)
  • Adding support to mine cryptocurrency: Monero (XMR), Haven (XHV), RYO (RYO)
  • XMR-STAK.log is now created while using XMR-STAK miner with BLOC GUI Miner
  • Updated miner setting to support the latest version of XMR-STAK v2.10.7
  • Updated miner setting to support the latest version of XMRIG v3.1.1
  • TurtleCoin now changed to Chukwa CPU mining algorithm
  • Fixed a bug that changed the XMR-STAK CPU config when changing thread count
  • Fixed draggable windows on macOS
  • Added new cryptunit widget built-in
  • Fixed Coinggecko stats for each supported currency
  • Added new box with image and link on the left custom for each coin
  • 1st pool now automatically selected on 1st run
  • Added simple menu selector in the pool settings. Mining from CPU or GPU. (Corresponding port will be automatically selected on the mining pool.)
  • Fixed infinite GUI errors coming from electron
  • Added price usd for informations section
  • Updated XMR-STAK exact config file to latest 2.10.7
  • Added an experimental functionality to recover when xmr-stak stats stop to restart the miner

Download link: https://github.com/furiousteam/BLOC-GUI-Miner/releases/tag/v1.1.1

More updates coming soon.

Thank you for your feedback. That’s what keep us alive

furiousteam

https://github.com/furiousteam/BLOC-GUI-Miner/releases/tag/v1.1.1

Contribute your Miner stats for Chukwa

I put up a simple Google Form to gather stats about mining hardware/software combos. Contribute your stats for others to have a reference. The form is pinned in the #mining channel on discord for future reference as well.

Image by Š›ŠµŃ‡ŠµŠ½ŠøŠµ ŠŠ°Ń€ŠŗŠ¾Š¼Š°Š½ŠøŠø from Pixabay

SoreGums

https://forms.gle/tUqk5rMPESw6V5yx5

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vY7l3KSTk5oUL8mp74Cxjl-EdBLC-jjpDpRGiiNXJGY/

https://discordapp.com/channels/388915017187328002/410271688748695562/617848232726364170

NinjaRig on Android via Termux

Updated the guide for running NinjaRig (XMRig) on Android via Termux if you’re into that kind of thing šŸ™‚

Thanks to Haifa Bogdan Adnan for NinjaRig it has been a bit of a hit with the move to chuckwa PoW hashing algorithm. As mentioned in the guide had to remove a part of the code to make it work on Android, hence why it pulls from my repo, which is kept up to date with upstream.

SoreGums

https://docs.turtlecoin.lol/guides/mining/using-termux

https://github.com/turtlecoin/ninjarig

Blockfolio Signal

TurtleCoin Updates via Blockfolio Signal

A call-out to members in the community and gaining your support by contacting Blockfolio and requesting they add us as a project to Signal: support@blockfolio.com

Rock says it best “ā€¦ if more people ask they’ll feel the collective hands on hips demanding turtle updates

404_Not_Found

https://blockfolio.com/signal/apply

Moving Up!

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

DJ – Teacup, Zerouan, rogerrobers, zpalmtree, muf, bratovenhurt

Developer – Bogdanadnan

Contributor – June, sajo8, farhod, PStarSR

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, weā€™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 itā€™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 DroppingThePacketsHardĀ²#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
  • ‘Lot of 5 Game Boy Games’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #983802
  • ‘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 DroppingThePacketsHardĀ²#4751

Rig Of The Week

Do you have a TRTL mining rig you want to show off? Tell us about it!

“WaitingForAnOpenCaseVegaRig” by HashBrownie

This is a 4 vega56 Rig – 3 Radeon Gigabyte vega 56 and 1 Asus Strig Vega 56..Currently mining as is (waiting for an actual open mining rig case to show up) on stock settings
No secrets at all.. got a good room temp of 18-20 C and ninjarig is kickass with AMD GPUs
HashBrownie 240 KH/s

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.

  • Support the only Duck-Themed TurtleCoin Mining Pool https://trtl.muxdux.com/
  • Hi fellow turtles šŸ™‚ TurtleAds just launched! On TurtleAds you can advertise you node, pool or any other service using Turtlecoin. If you are a website owner, feel free to include your script and start earning Turtlecoin immediately. Make sure to sign up today and start earning or advertising. Regards, fipsi#0789 šŸ™‚ https://turtleads.org/

Shoutouts & Thanks

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

  • greywolf thanks to those that were helpful in the past year with issues with my public node. but the latest update killed me and I can’t figure it out so I pulled the node down. thanks again to all those that did help before and I wish the rest of you good luck with public nodes still running, going forward.
  • @MrLahaye Thanks @Rocksteady for buying my old NES on the #merchandise channel. My second item sale using TurtleCoin. šŸ˜€ Who’s gonna be my next buyer?
  • greywolf a big thanks to zpalmtree for helping me get my public node back up, and also to iburnmycd for fixing my github errors in updating the nodes list.
  • wll1rah bogdanadnan, thanks for the great ninjarig miner and the help that you have provided in getting to work with mali GPU with OpenCL.
Categories
Weekly Update

This Week In TurtleCoin (August 20, 2019)

We’re forking ready to get this show on the road!

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

Proton Wallet

Proton Wallet

Hey guys, I’ve just released the newest version of Proton Wallet, my wallet client for TurtleCoin. As always, you can download it at the link below. This wallet rewrites a ton of the logic powering the wallet and makes the entire thing leaner, meaner, and more modular. There’s also a few new features: closing to tray being toggleable in settings, a lock button in the navbar, as well as an auto-lock feature which locks your wallet with a password after 15 minutes of inactivity. Check out the changelog on the releases page for more details (and download the latest release!) Hope you guys are enjoying the wallet

ExtraHash

https://getproton.org/

TurtlePay

TurtlePay

After much consideration, I’m working on adding the ability for developers to supply their own view key and address when creating a new payment request. In doing so, TurtlePay will continue to monitor the TurtleCoin blockchain for incoming funds and fire alerts as it does now; however, it will never actually have access to the funds as the user will send funds directly to the specified wallet. This provides another avenue for payment processing that other projects do not have.

IBMCD

https://turtlepay.io

violetminer

violetminer

My miner has come a long way since the last roundup post. It is fully functional now, and has had lots of optimizations implemented for the different intrinsics available on different x86-64 CPUs. From my tests, it hashes just as well as trtlrig or better!

Today I’m working on adding some ARM optimizations, which I think trtlrig doesn’t have yet, so make sure to check out the hashrate after I get those in if you’re an SBC fan šŸ™‚

Aside from the hashing speed improvements, there were lots of improvements to how the miner communicates with the pool. Still lots more to make the miner easier to use though, I need to improve the hashrate reporting, and add some interactive commands. Hopefully I can get that done before the fork date arrives!

Zpalm

https://github.com/turtlecoin/violetminer

Moving on up! Thanks to all the community members who took new roles in the community this week!

Moving Up!

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

Sajo8, PstarSR, DroppingThePacketsHard, Farhod – Contributor

Great job, y’all!

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 regexĀ #862
    Some calls in theĀ ApiDispatcherĀ use a regex, for example,Ā getTransactionDetails. They then extract the query parameters. We could instead extractĀ hashStrĀ using theĀ matchesĀ property on theĀ reqĀ object, by adding a capture group to the hash regex.Ā 
    https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/issues/862
  • Remove no longer relevant assertsĀ #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 adjustmentsĀ #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 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.

List of all items
Type -item in the #merchandise channel in Discord to view more details for an item

  • ‘Small NEOS Voyager Overshoes’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #124437
  • ‘Alan Wake Collector’s edition (Xbox 360)’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #196847
  • ‘Orignal NES in Box’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #496247
  • ‘Lot of bluray tv series’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #514474
  • ‘eBook’ by DroppingThePacketsHardĀ²#4751
    ID: #726088
  • ‘-Gigabyte X570 AORUS MASTE’ by Elkim#7747
    ID: #753245
  • ‘-ASUS X570 STRIX GAMING-F’ by Elkim#7747
    ID: #862191
  • ‘ Xbox 360 Slim (120GB) + 9 Games’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #863214
  • ‘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
  • ‘- Hand Forged Damascus Hunting Knife ‘ by Ftwjason#9933
    ID: #958971
  • ‘Lot of 5 Game Boy Games’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #983802
  • ‘Lot of bluray movies’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #994017
  • ‘ASUS X370 ROG CROSSHAIR VI EXTREME’ by Elkim#7747
    ID: #010771

This MerchandiseBot item listing provided by fipsi#0789 and DroppingThePacketsHardĀ²#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.

  • Hi Guys, it is with great regret that I announce that the turtlepool.space mining pool will be closing. I have been here since day one, and it’s been fantastic to see the community grow and develop from 20 people meming, and network forks every hour, to the 15,000 members there are now. I will still keep other services I run going, such as the tag/star discord bot, and my public node. For more details, please see the attached link. http://turtlepool.space/pool_closure.html
  • I used to have one of the higher fees, not anymore muahaha! Still going, even better uptime thanks to the crew here! http://turtle.japakar.com
  • List of nodes and pools! https://trtl.nodes.pub/

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 the usual suspects keeping the karaoke channel going :D, and to the nerds in Abylon who keep their d20’s rolling strong
Categories
Weekly Update

This Week In TurtleCoin (August 7th, 2019)

This is it, lads. We made it.

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

TurtleCoin on an ATM

TurtleCoin ATM

GENERAL BYTES, the leading Bitcoin ATM manufacturer from Prague (CZ) and Florida (USA) added TRTL to their range of cryptocurrency ATMs. Operators can now add TurtleCoin to the growing number of ATMs worldwide. We would like to cooperate with the community to make TurtleCoin more accessible to the masses. TRTL is now compatible with all ATMs made since 2013. Please note that although TurtleCoin is supported on the BATM platform this does not automatically mean that operators will support it on their networks. Ideally someone in the community creates an exchange connection so operators will be able to add TRTL to their network even easier. For now we are excited it works and think it will provide value to the TRTL ecosystem.

Elkim

https://github.com/GENERALBYTESCOM/batm_public

violetminer for Chukwa

violetminer

The last week I’ve been working on a miner for the upcoming PoW fork, to argon2id / chukwa. This is mainly for fun, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to match the hashrate of other miner developers.

I’ve wanted to create a miner for some time, and this seemed like a good opportunity as there are not that many miners supporting chukwa yet.

So far, I’ve created an argon2 library, which is not yet optimized, but seems to hash at a not too bad rate regardless. I also created a small cross platform sockets library, to help communicate with the pool software. I started building the miner itself yesterday. I’ve only got pool login working with a hard coded username, but hopefully it won’t require much effort to hook up the hashing library, and I can get to work on optimizing it.

I know the current xmrig miner doesn’t work too well on ARM devices, so maybe I can figure out how to get some ARM intrinsics working to squeeze out a little more performance from them. Intrinsics are pretty new to me, so no promises!

Oh – on an unrelated comment, that TonChan update I was talking for a while went out last week. Hopefully it’s working for you all. Sentry flagged up a couple of bugs, but I think they’re pretty minor ones.

Zpalm

https://github.com/turtlecoin/violetminer

turtlerockpaperscissors

Turtle Rock Paper Scissors is a game boosted with TurtlePay where you can choose between rock paper or scissors to kick the npc machine ass, to start a new game you need to pay the amount of trtl required in the game.
In case that you survive against the npc machine choice then you will appear in the Half Of Fame where your nickname will be showed to the other players.

Game url: https://mufalo.online/turtlerockpaperscissors/

The project is open source and you can get it here: https://github.com/Mufalo/turtlerockpaperscissors

Mufalo

https://github.com/Mufalo

Moving Up!

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

  • Congratulations to PstarSR and r00tus3r_ for earning their pink Contributor roles this week for their contributions to the organization repositories!
  • r00tus3r_ achieved Developer role, earning a bright pink hat for contributions of code to the organization repositories! Great work!

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
    Some calls in theĀ ApiDispatcherĀ use a regex,Ā we could instead extractĀ hashStrĀ using theĀ matchesĀ property on theĀ reqĀ object, by adding a capture group to the hash regex https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/issues/862
  • Remove no longer relevant asserts
    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 adjustmentsĀ 
    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

This is a great place to list items that you’re selling for TRTL

FTWJason in Discord – Hand made knife

This is a Hand Forged low layer Damascus Hunter made from 15n20 & 1084 High carbon steels. 5 piece handle construction. Mokume Gane guard & pommel, diamond shaped brass screw. Dyed Quilted Poplar handle with a stainless steel pin. 5 1/2″ blade. 10 3/8″ overall. Comes with the leather sheath. Shipped in the United States for 5,310,000 TRTL Internationally shipped for 5,580,000 TRTL This Mokume Gane is a Copper and Nickel silver blend.(edited)

Rig Of The Week

yuge-pp” by Turtley McTurtleton McDrizzle

yuge-pp” by Turtley McTurtleton McDrizzle

35 kh/s cn-turtle, 8 kh/s nerva

I’ve been wanting a quad socket setup after doing so many boring sub-$200 dual socket Xeon E5 builds.

I could have saved $100-200 going with a Dell or HP barebones, but noise is a big factor for me. So hashrate per dollar isn’t stellar, but none of my builds are meant to be dedicated miners.

I didn’t have any narrow ILM heatsinks that weren’t 1U, so I borrowed some heatsinks from my other open air setups, modified the unused AMD mounting brackets, and well I guess they’ll do for now. This put me over capacity on that room’s circuit breaker, so those other two machines are turned off now anyway. When I rack it up I’ll grab some Supermicro SNK-P0050AP4.

  • Supermicro X9QRI-F+ motherboard
  • 4 x Xeon E5-4650 V2 (total 40 cores, 80 threads)
  • 16 x 8 GB PC3-12800R (128 GB DDR3 1600 MHz, quad channel)
  • Corsair 850w PSU
  • Whatever cheap 240 GB SSD Fry’s had on sale until I can get this monster into a rackmount chassis with a proper storage array.

Still waiting on E5-4657L v2 to come down in price so I can swap these CPUs out for some 48 core, 96 thread action.

Turtley McTurtleton McDrizzle

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.

  • greywolf thanks to Muf for friendship, and being there during difficult times.
  • japakar.com TRTL Rocks as always šŸ˜€ Love being around here! Thank you everyone!
  • greywolf thanks to CapEtn for working on CHAD TIPBOT.
  • rock thanks to zerouan for always keeping us company in the karaoke room šŸ˜€
  • rock thanks to capetn and chadtipbot, i know i give that little bot a hard time but he does a good job
  • rock Cheers to all the Developers and Contributors and Service Operators who are still kicking day after day, you’re pillars of the community
Categories
Weekly Update

This Week In TurtleCoin (July 23, 2019)

This guy’s hairline is better than mine and that is perfectly okay.

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

TurtleAds

TurtleAds is an ad platform for TurtleCoin. You can advertise your node, website or anything else and pay with TRTL. Then people who own websites can embed your ads and will get paid for it. The project is still in a very early development phase and will launch in the next 2 to 3 months..

fipsi#0789

Sabo, Revolutionary (Pictured) surrounded by public node earnings

Public Node

I have just set up a node for a project I am working on, meanwhile feel free to connect to this public node.

Sabo (Revolutionary)

http://165.22.97.214:11898

Hey kid, you ever had a TPN? *opens coat*

TurtleCoin public node setup guide

For when you want to run an awesome public node but are on a very tight budget.

This guide covers the entire setup and build of the TurtleCoin public node as well as running it. It also covers the setting up of the front page for the public node. This guide was tested with various versions of Ubuntu using Google Cloud virtual machines with the aim of ultimate cost effectiveness and ease of use..

forcejunky

https://github.com/forcejunky/turtlecoin-budget-public-node-guide

Crypto lib’s just purrin’ like a cat

TurtleCoin-Crypto

I’ve performed a few small updates to the TurtleCoin-Crypto project that helps to make life a bit easier.

1) Javascript builds (.js and WASM) now build to single files to make it easier to import for packing.

2) Enabled a handful of optimizations that reduce the Javascript & WASM build file sizes significantly and results in slightly faster code execution.

3) Added Node v12 support

4) Added support for gcc 4.x versions for those of us running ancient build systems (dropped requirement to c++11)

IBMCD

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin-crypto

TurtleCoin-Utils

A bit of work was done on this package to make it easier to work with TurtleCoin data:

1) Added support for Node v12 (thanks to TurtleCoin-Crypto updates)

2) General code cleanup

3) Added exports for the underlying Crypto module (in the event you want to get your hands dirty)

4) Added export for new Block object that allows for deserializing and serializing blocks to/from blobs. It also allows for the calculation of the block id (hash) as well as the PoW hash.

5) Added export for new Transaction object that allows for deserializing and serializing transactions to/from blobs. Also provides a property for the transaction prefix hash as well as the full transaction hash (when loaded with signatures) and supports version 2 transactions.

Next up, I’ll be working on the necessary transformations for handling block templates for mining pools.

IBMCD

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin-utils

If you write about your backend and don’t include a pic, this is what happens.

turtlecoin-wallet-backend

Lots more updates to the JS wallet backend this week. These have mainly been fueled by extra’s new GUI wallet, proton, finding bugs and requesting features – check if out if you haven’t already.

Updates includeā€¦

  • Faster syncing in some environments
  • Fix bug when sending transactions to self
  • Fix bug with locked balance not been correctly updated
  • rewind() function, and daemon connection status events
  • Faster cryptography for those in a browser env thanks to turtlecoin-utils upgrade

If you didn’t know already, this library lets you create, import, sync and send transactions all from JavaScript. A lot of people have started building applications on top of it, and I’m excited to see what more can be built.

Check it out: https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin-wallet-backend-js

Zpalm

TonChan

A few weeks ago I promised an update to TonChan, unfortunately, that slipped a little. I got distracted upgrading React Native for 64 bit builds which caused me to spend a lot of time fixing the build for the newer library.

That is all done now, and I’ve decided to add a few more features than planned to the release.

Currently implemented:

  • 64 bit support
  • Faster syncing
  • Auto optimize support
  • Better memory management
  • Icons that fit better with Android style
  • Faster transaction creation
  • Tons of bug fixes

And before a release, I also want to improve the background syncing process, and possibly add transaction filtering and fingerprint unlocking.

Hopefully these won’t take so long to implement.

Zpalm

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!

Daemon+WalletBackend timestamp adjustments
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 itā€™s rounding to midnight which is quite far away).
https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/issues/704

Remove no longer relevant asserts
Since pretty much everyone runs the daemon in release mode, instead of debug mode, weā€™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

QueryBlocksDetailed does not populate transaction extra ā€œrawā€ property in response
.transactions[i].extra.raw is not populated in the code as it should be.
https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/issues/815

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.

mikeykones’s dad hats

TURTLECOIN DAD HATS šŸ§¢ 199k TRTL free shipping anywhere in the US, 299k TRTL shipped anywhere else in the world!

Red, black, grey and cream are available currently

Contact @MikeyKones in discord for details!

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.

  • Hi šŸ™‚ I’m working on a new game for Turtlecoin. It’s a web based card game where you can collect the emojis from the discord and then fight other players using them. The game will launch in the next 10 days, if you want to stay informed about updates join my discord server. Hope to see you there šŸ™‚ https://discord.gg/USK4Zvb
  • I updated my node to 14.6! http://turtle.japakar.com

Shoutouts & Thanks

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

  • SoreGums – “stay gone” your game is cool, https://shellwars.de.cool/ – I like the graphics and UI, looking forward to see what you do next šŸ™‚
  • JAPAKAR.com – Thanks again to the community! As always! You guys rock šŸ™‚
  • Japakar King of the Ozarks – Youre all welcome into my Ozark forest. There is magical fairies to eat, they taste like frogs.
  • ļ¼¤ļ½•ļ½Žļ½‡ļ½…ļ½ļ½Ž ļ¼­ļ½ļ½“ļ½”ļ½…ļ½’ – Thanks to all who were part of the adventure this week, let’s shoot for sometime between Friday and Sunday
  • Rock – Shouts out to all the comedians with heart out there crackin jokes to two man crowds
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Categories
Weekly Update

This Week In TurtleCoin (June 26, 2019)

Developer Updates

Wallet format upgrading

Wallet format upgrading

As I mentioned last week, I was working on upgrading turtle-service/zedwallet wallets to the WalletBackend/zedwallet-beta format. This is now complete, and I went ahead and implemented the transparent upgrade feature.

Once the PR is merged, you can go ahead and open an old style wallet in zedwallet-beta or wallet-api and it will upgrade it, and retain all syncing progress, transaction history, and so on.

This should make it a lot easier for new GUI wallets or services to upgrade without having to bother reimporting their wallets.

Zpalm

TonChan

TonChan

I’ll probably be releasing a new TonChan version in a few days. It’s nothing major, but there’s some wallet sync speed improvements, 64 bit support, and a few bugfixes. I’m pretty happy with where it’s at, it works pretty nicely aside from somewhat slow syncing, the only real feature it’s lacking is optimizing.

However, this feature is present in the new version of the wallet backend it’s using, so it would be pretty trivial to add a manual optimize, but it also has an auto optimize feature, which is enabled by default.

Haven’t really had any time to fuck around with the C++ backend to see if we can get faster syncing on mobile I’m afraid. Kinda a large time investment where the only positive outcome is faster syncing speed.. :/

Remember if you’re importing a wallet from desktop, check the FAQ screen for a few tips on how to greatly increase your sync speed.

Zpalm

WalletBackend

WalletBackend

Fixed a rare bug in WalletBackend which would cause about 1 in 256 transactions with a payment ID to be incorrectly scanned. If you were having balance discrepancies running wallet-api, please update your daemon to the dev branch and resync to see if it fixes it.

Zpalm

turtlecoin-wallet-backend

turtlecoin-wallet-backend

Small update to the js backend to fix the config being static – this would cause issues when the library was initialized multiple times with different coins, for example, if you were creating a multi-coin wallet. It should now work perfectly with multiple coins at once.
Thanks to fipsi for reporting this so I could get it fixed.

Zpalm

Rig Of The Week

Rig3 by Greywolf (all stock settings) just over 19K H/s

it is an open air frame i constructed with 1/2″ angle aluminum bars, and some self-tapping screws to hold it together. it sits on a 1″ thick rectangular piece of smooth plywood. the frame has five (5), 2-1/2″ wide slats of wood, to support the mobo and PSU. i positioned a 6″ long angle aluminum bar mounted to the frame in the rear, to support the GPUs. the components are EVGA 500W PSU, GIGABYTE GA-AB350-Gaming 3 mobo, AMD Ryzen 3 1200 quad core CPU, Patriot Viper Elite Series DDR4 8GB (2x4GB) 2666MHz PC4-21300 RAM, Windows 10 Pro on a 120GB SSD, with a 64GB SSD to store data and installed programs, AMD RX Vega 56 and two (2) AMD RX550 GPU’s, with a standard PC speaker and an on/off switch wired to the mobo jumpers, a single-dongle Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse, and a USB 3.0 extension cable from the rear panel to the front of the rig for easy access.

i don’t have any secrets, i run everything stock, and when stuff breaks, i ask for help from the best community in the crypotosphere, found in the Discord TRTL Network server

greywolf – i’ve been with the community a few months past a year

Shoutouts & Thanks

Rock – shouts out to zpalm who wrote the entire roundup this week.

Rock – shouts out to everyone who participated in last week’s DnD sesh with the TRTL crew. It was really fun and I’m looking forward to continuing the campaign this weekend šŸ˜€

Rock – shouts out to captetn for running the new tipbot and to madk for running the old one

See you lads Friday šŸ˜€
We hardly knew ye. Thanks Madk for the many good times and faithfully relayed transactions. You will be missed

Categories
Feature Story

Ton Chan TurtleCoin Mobile Wallet Interview

One of the things that has been most requested of us is a mobile wallet. In the past we’ve always pointed mobile users to our web wallets, but a brave turtle came forward and put together a cool android wallet and we’re pretty stoked about that, so here’s an interview with the creator!


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A wild Ton Chan appears!

RockSteady: Zpalm, thanks for taking the time to do this interview. You’re the first person to come up with a mobile wallet- with us being a year in, why do you suppose nobody else came up with anything in this time? There must have been significant roadblocks.

Zpalm: There are a couple of things that make a mobile wallet tricky. The first one is that you need quite a lot of cryptography code. ed25519 libraries are pretty common, however, they normally don’t expose the primatives we need. Implementing this is not too tricky, but it’s quite a bit of work. I ported the C code to C# for turtlecoin-cs, and it was quite a pain to do. I didn’t need to do this for the mobile wallet, since I’m using the turtlecoin-utils library. This library takes the core C++ code, and compiles it to JavaScript. Since the mobile-wallet is written in typescript/javascript, that was a big chunk of code I didn’t have to write. You also need the core cryptographic functions for the wallet to operate, like creating key images, generating ring signatures, and so on. Secondly, actually managing a wallets operation is a little tricky. The sync process is relatively simple, once you understand how to piece together the different cryptographic operations, but there are quite a few pitfalls which can make you miss blocks when syncing, or miss transactions. I had already learnt a lot on how to design a wallet backend when I rewrote the C++ wallet backend, so porting that over to typescript wasn’t too much of a chore. The majority of the code of the mobile wallet is in that external backend library – the frontend is pretty easy to do, just a bit slow to get everything looking nice.

RockSteady: TonChan is an interesting name, where did that come from?

Zpalm: There’s a nice quote, ‘There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things.’ Finding a cool name which is somehow based on turtles was a bit tricky, so I nabbed the name of a cute Turtle, called Ton or Ton-chan from an anime, K-ON!

RockSteady: What features have you seen others talk about? Anything you think is interesting enough to implement?

Zpalm: One of the things I really like and I think some other people have commented on is how easy the transfer process is. If the payee is already in your address book, it’s one tap along with entering the amount to send a transaction. I plan on making this even faster – I’m currently working on implementing support for QR codes which have an amount+name attached – this will allow you to scan one QR code, and it will add the user to your address book, and pop you right on the confirmation screen. This feature is also supported by TurtlePay, so I think that can help with adoption – It’s easy to use TurtleCoin to accept payments, and it’s easy for users to pay with as well. Other features that have been requested is address book management, fusion transactions, dark mode, and more. Most of them I had already planned to add (and haven’t got round to yet). The dark mode one was interesting – I thought it would be pretty trivial to implement, but it ended up being a bit of a pain getting the theme to apply everywhere when changed. This led to a redesign of the theming process, and now it’s would be pretty easy to add support for user created themes. I’m not sure how many people would make use of a feature like that, maybe we’ll see it added.

RockSteady: Great answer, can you tell us a bit about what the wallet can do currently, and what you have on the development roadmap?

Zpalm: The wallet is perfectly functional as a daily use wallet. It can send transactions, receive transactions, and view past transactions. Not that much more a wallet needs! However, there are a number of other features to make the experience nice to use. One feature I’ve really been liking, and I think other people have been too is the notifications. It’s a very simple feature, but it’s quite nice to get a notification whenever you get sent a transaction. The roadmap right now is adding a few more features like fusion transactions and fixing up a few bugs have been experiencing, then iOS support.

RockSteady: Id also like to talk a bit about development, whats the app written in? What was that process like, if you had to explain it to a non developer?

Zpalm: There’s a few components of the app. There’s the frontend, that’s the UI, and so on, that the users see. That’s written in JavaScript, using React Native – A framework to write apps for both iOS and Android using JavaScript. Then there’s the backend, which manages the syncing process, sending transactions, managing balance, and so on. That’s written in Typescript, which if you’re not aware, is basically JavaScript, with optional typechecking. Helps you avoid some easily fixable bugs, like using variables that aren’t defined. Finally, there’s a high performance section written in C++. The wallet syncing process is quite CPU intensive, and sadly, the JavaScript cryptography code is slow as molasses – It can process something like 1 block a second. This was one of the big roadblocks when implementing the wallet. What I ended up doing, is we take the block data in JavaScript/Typescript land, then pass it through to the Java ‘bridge’. Most android apps are written in Java, and this is where the real work in React Native goes on. From there, we can pass to the JNI (Java Native Interface), which lets us call C or C++ code. We process the block in C++, then pass the results back to Java, then finally back to JavaScript/Typescript. This adds a little bit of overhead, but ends up being a lot faster than processing in JavaScript – It’s something like 15-50 blocks a second, depending on your phones power. Still quite slow compared to desktop wallets, but hey, that’s one of the downsides of using a mobile.

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RockSteady: What was that process like, if you had to explain it to a non developer?

Zpalm: Writing the UI was pretty frustrating – Trying to get everything to line up nicely, and all coloured in a nice looking way. Since you’re lining things up by pixels, or percentages, instead of dragging and dropping, there’s a lot of changing a value, reloading, and seeing how it looks. I found sometimes I’d have spent 3 hours and only written 50 lines of code for a screen I was designing. I’m very pleased with the final outcome, but it is sloooow to get there. Writing the backend was business as usual, since it’s not locked to just mobiles, I could test this all out on a desktop, rather than an android emulator, which makes developing a lot faster. Since I had done most of this work in the C++ already, it was pretty trivial, just copying code over and converting into the typescript equivalent Writing the high performance code was painful. Since you were working in three different languages, it was a pain to figure out where in the process you had gone wrong. If you ever did anything wrong, you pretty much always got an app crash, rather than a helpful error. The documentation on how to use the API is pretty sparse, so there’s a lot of googling to figure out how to do something pretty simple. After a lot of scraping logs, finally got it doing the right thing. I was stumped for a few hours by accidentaly swapping two parameters around

RockSteady: Given the popularity of the android app, do you think there’s interest in an iOS app, and what hurdles do you think someone might face in implementing it on iOS? Is there anything they could learn from your journey with the Android app?

Zpalm: Certainly, one of the most requested things is an iOS app. Since the wallet uses React Native, which is cross platform, there’s not that much that needs doing for iOS support. The main thing we need is to implement the high performance C++ code in iOS as well – since the Java/JNI stuff is android only. Since iOS uses objective C, which is a superset of C (All C code is valid Objective C code), this shouldn’t be too tricky – but I might have to change from C++ to C, which could be a pain. We’ll also need to make sure that everything looks good, and fits with the iOS theme – they have a few differences, and we want to try and make the wallet feel like a native iOS app, if possible. There’s a few things which I’m not sure what the iOS pattern is – like ‘Toast’ notifications on Android (Those little messages which pop up in a bubble at the bottom of your screen) that we’ll need to add.

RockSteady: How many people have downloaded TonChan so far? Have there been any interesting bugs reported? What is the best way someone can contribute to the project?

Zpalm: Google play is telling me 104, it takes a little time to update but that’s already a decent amount for something released only a week or two ago. The most interesting bug is probably the wallet sync slowing down when you swapped tabs – I think I fixed that one, but it was quite puzzling at first. The best way to contribute is to leave an issue on the github if you see something not working, or something that you think could be improved, which as much info as possible. Of course, if you’re a developer yourself, you could try and fix it too!

RockSteady: Tell me a bit about TonChan’s relationship w/ TurtlePay, I heard there’s something in the pipeline regarding fees

Zpalm: TurtlePay and TonChan work very well together in my opinion, TurtlePay making it easy to request payments, and TonChan making it easy to send payments. We’re going to waive any fees (other than the mandatory network fee) for TurtlePay transactions to help guide adoption.

RockSteady: That’s a pretty solid description, what advice do you want to give the person who ports it to iOS?

Zpalm: I hope iOS gives better errors when native code breaks than Android! I forgot to mention this earlier, but background syncing is another big hurdle for the wallet. When using React Native, there’s no way to just run our app forever, and sync in the background, unfortunately. Both Android and iOS allow us to fire an ‘event’ every 15 minutes, which we use to wake up the wallet and sync it. On Android, this event seems to be able to last as long as we like, so we run the sync for 14 minutes, then go back to sleep to wait for the next event. On iOS however, this event can only run for 30 seconds, which is obviously not very long. I don’t know if there’s any way around this, I couldn’t find any when I was searching. iOS also schedules the events with a proprietry algorithm – so they may end up never running, or just running once a day. This is going to probably be the biggest pain point to get around when porting to iOS.

RockSteady: As with most TRTL projects, we want to reach out to the community to help with things and give folks a chance to put their mark on the app, what are some “good first issues” for someone wanting to get started contributing to TonChan? Are there any features you’d like to see that you’re looking for collaborators on? What toolchain stuffs and helpful bits would someone need to follow in your foot steps and tinker around?

Zpalm: There are a couple of ‘Good first issues’ listed on the Github – https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin-mobile-wallet/issues – but frankly most of the things there aren’t too tricky to add. One not listed there but that would be very helpful is improving the setup guide. It’s kinda confusing to get the android studio setup done correctly, and an emulator running, which as you mention, would be needed to test things. I don’t think there are any huge features which we’d need collaboration on yet, aside from iOS support. If you’re wanting to implement something and are having issues, give me a ping and I’ll be happy to help you through them

RockSteady: What has it been like developing with React Native? For any developers out there considering it over something more conventional , what advice or forewarning would you give? How does it contrast from web apps written in React?

Zpalm: It certainly makes writing the UI nice. The react model of state always traveling down can be a little tricky to get used to, but once you’ve got the hang of it then it can be pretty fast to develop in. You can also use the majority of nodejs modules, however, you are likely to need a project like https://github.com/tradle/rn-nodeify/ to get them to work correctly, the setup is a little hacky. You will find some modules work perfectly in node, but a certain feature doesn’t work in react-native, which can be a little frustrating.

I would also advice against the react-navigation library – TonChan is using this to navigate between different screen, and it works OK, but some simple things, like going back to a specific screen are done in a very confusing way. I’ve heard good things about the wix library to replace this. If you need fine control over the Android OS, like running background/foreground services, then react-native is probably not for you. While you can write Java code and call it from react-native, it’s quite cumbersome and hard to integrate with the rest of your app. I would have liked to be able to launch a foreground service, but there’s currently no react-native modules which allow this, short of doing it yourself. Then, all your application code that runs in that service would have to be in Java, not JavaScript. Finally, all react-native code runs on a single thread, as that’s how JavaScript works. If you have high performance code, this may block the UI from rendering. So, pros include cross platform support, fast development, lots of libraries available, cons include somewhat hacky setup, single threaded execution, and not as fine grained integration with the OS.

RockSteady: Would you ever consider pure Java or Kotlin in the future?

Zpalm: Kotlin, maybe. I’ve written very little Java, but the small experience I had with it was poor, simple things were very verbose, and it looked no fun at all to develop in.

RockSteady: What was the process like boarding a crypto wallet app in the Google Play store? I know it’s been a bit of an uphill battle for people to get their wallet apps in the iOS app store. Can you walk us through the process of how you went from “now I have an app” to “now i have an app on the app store” and what all it entails being an “android developer”Also, please detail the costs and wait times involved.

Zpalm: It was really easy, to be honest. I just had to sign up for an account, send them $25, add some images to display in the store, and upload the apk. I think it was less than 24 hours from uploading my apk to it being live on the store.

Zpalm, thanks for the internet and thanks even more for the mobile wallet. It’s great seeing it grow as a project and I can’t wait to see who puts together the next great PR for it šŸ˜€