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!
cryptonote-nodejs-pool – I’ve just finished updating the pool software for the upcoming fork, building on the fine work of the Plenteum developers. Check it out in action at fork-o-clock, over at https://trtl.heigh-ho.funkypenguin.co.nz 🙂 – funkypenguin
Mobile Wallet – Hello, Not sure when I last gave an update. I have done most of the work on the wallet backend, and now I am starting on the mobile app UI. It’s a lot easier to find bugs when you start actually making the wallet. This probably will be the easiest part of making the wallet, but I’m not great at design so it’s a little slow. I’m not sure how tricky it is to get iOS wallet apps onto the App Store these days – I was under the impression they didn’t allow them, but I did recently see another relatively small crypto who had got a wallet on there. Fortunately react native supports iOS, so once the Android is done, I will certainly look into it. Not a massive fan of the license fee you have to pay, nor do I have an iOS device for testing… but at least we won’t have to write much more code. Thanks to iburnmycd for his turtlecoin-utils module – This has taken a decent amount of the hard bits of code to write off my shoulders. I recently also added support for syncing via the TurtlePay blockchain cache API in the backend – (https://docs.turtlepay.io/blockapi/) – currently this isn’t much faster than a daemon, however, I think it will probably have much better uptime, which should help avoid people wondering why their wallets are not syncing. – Zpalm
TRTLfarm – TRTLfarm is an online virtual farming game build on top of TRTL.services by Boris. People can buy farm animals with TurtleCoin, which return produce based on their programmed production speed. The game started out as a small project, but has blown up quickly. Boris has working hard past few days and just finished implementing a leaderboard where turtles can track their rank. While I will giving the UI a touchup, Boris will be working on a surprise! Join us in the discord to discuss development and provide feedback! https://discord.gg/X7b7GWW – fexra
WalletShell – Got help from very nice friends, who was willing to help me debugging and provides a tested macOS build. New macOS build is available here: https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtle-wallet-electron/releases/download/v0.3.7/WalletShell-v0.3.7-mac.dmg It’s confirmed to be working, but was only lightly tested and there may be bugs slips here & there. So if you happened to found one, please file a bug report on github. Thanks to @greywolf & @Messier_45 for your help! – labaylabay
GUI interface based on Walletd for TurtleCoin
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Happy new year! It’s been a great year with you all, and I hope you’ve all made the resolution to mine more TRTL this year, because we’ve got a heck of an update for you! Read more about the upcoming PoW upgrade! 30 days!
TurtlePay™ – I’m proud to say that the TurtlePay™ Public Beta launch occurred as promised just before Jan 1 2019 00:00:00 GMT. For those of you that have not been following the development of the project, there’s quite a bit of work going on behind the scene to make TurtlePay™ an awesome tool for developers. The service is FREE for everyone to use and the only fee is the standard network transaction fee of 0.10 TRTL.
TurtlePay™ is a payment processing service that is designed to help developers integrate TurtleCoin™ payments into their existing applications. By providing an easy to use set of tools to incorporate TurtleCoin™ payments into more applications, we hope to drive adoption of the technology to new heights.
Some people just want to write cool applications and develop new tools that allow them to use the technology without worrying about how it works, why it works, or keeping up with the latest and greatest features. Let us worry about the hard parts while you build awesome applications that use TurtleCoin™.
We’re looking forward to see what kind of cool things people start to build based on the platform. We’ve already identified a few tweaks to the current system that need to be made given some of the feedback a few people have provided.
In the next few weeks, I’ll be building out additional documentation on how to leverage the full power of TurtlePay™ and its related tools as well as adding additional features that will only make the platform better.
The platform is designed with scalability in mind and can easily grow as the needs of community grows. You can even run the platform yourself! Stay tuned for further updates! – IBurnMyCD
Mobile Wallet – A lot of people have been asking about a mobile wallet, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I’ve got a simple UI running on the phone, simply generating wallets and not much more yet.
I’m working on building out the main wallet functionality in a separate node package (https://github.com/zpalmtree/turtlecoin-wallet-backend) so it can be used for other things – think web wallets, native GUI wallets that don’t need any of the C++ code, etc. For that reason the repo will be pretty quiet until I’ve got that sorted out. Once the backend is done, it should just be a small matter of hooking it up and making everything look pretty, then off to the races.
This is going to be a native mobile wallet, so it’s not just a web wallet wrapped in an app. Furthermore, you’ll own your own private keys. This does mean you’ll have to scan the chain, which might be a bit heavy on CPU and battery life, but if you create a new wallet rather than importing, it shouldn’t be too bad. – Zpalm
TurtleCoin RPC Nim – This is a Nim wrapper for the TurtleCoin RPC APIs. It includes two modules, `walletd` for wallet JSON RPC commands and `turtlecoind` for the daemon HTTP and JSON RPC methods. There is also a simple example on github showing how to use this package. I have been learning Nim for about a month so let me know if there are any bugs! – DSanon
TurtleCoin-Utils – I’m happy to report that the TurtleCoin node.js utilities are almost complete. This package is designed to provide native JS (and TypeScript — Thanks Z!) methods and calls that work in Node and in browser to create addresses, decode addresses, scan transactions for funds, create new transactions, and even generate the ring signatures necessary to create a valid transaction on the network. I’ll be working on improving (and in some cases creating) the documentation for the package in the coming days to make the entire package easier to use. – IBurnMyCD
Turtacus – Turtacus has been rapidly draining funds recently with very few donations coming in to support him. For that reason, I have begun looking at new ways for his prizes to be generated and funded. In coming time, I will be changing the way the tournament works. There will be an entry fee which will only allow those people who have entered, to make it onto the leaderboard. Anyone will be able to fight but only those entered will gain points for the tournament. On top of this, there will be a new points system for the tournament whereby winning will net you 2 points, losing will net you 1 point. In this way, participation is encouraged win or lose. The entry fee is yet to be decided but will likely be between 2500 and 5000 TRTL per person since this is an easy sum to acquire even just from tips during the week. The tournament prize will be 90% of the overall entry fees collected, with the other 10 % going to Turtacus’s prize fund which will be added to an occasional tournament prize pot. As you can tell, there are a lot of changes coming. It will take time but hopefully, it will encourage more fighters. – Rynem
New Turtle-Service API – To any developers who are currently developing apps with turtle – I would love if you would try out my new API – It’s a replacement for turtle-service, and it gives a bit of a friendlier, REST based interface. If you are having trouble getting it working or have any queries, let me know and I’ll be happy to help. – zpalm
Promote Your Bounty
250,000 TRTL – Integrate popular hardware wallet from SatoshiLabs, Trezor T in TurtleCoin’s Nest wallet in order to create and encrypt, decrypt wallet and sign transactions with the device. – Elkim
Teacup made this 😀
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!
This week we all became game streamers on Twitch Turtle, and rode our time machines back to the 90’s to see what kind of websites we could build on a floppy! We’re on track to hit 13,000 users in the Discord chat soon, join us! chat.turtlecoin.lol
Developer Community Updates
TwitchTurtle – This week, I tried TwitchTurtle as a streamer. I played ARK Survival for the normal amount of time, and got a few thousand TRTL in tips (if youd like to join Tribe of Turtles, we’re on ragnarok pvp official 61). In all, it was a fun experience. Streamlabs makes it really easy with their own personal spin on OBS, a popular screencaster program we use to capture the screen. I was up and raining in about 6 or 7 minutes. One thing that’s cool is that DSAnon is adding in the messaging functionality for custom tip messages into Shellnet so you dont have to set up box turtle on your own to send a tip with a message via the blockchain. There’s room for improvement, but as a brand new integration, I’d be skeptical if there weren’t any wrinkles to smooth out. Watter has done a great job! Very fun! – Rock
TurtleCities – I had been toying with the idea of making some type of user homepages for our regulars in the chat. I was inspired by webrings of homepages on sites like geocities, angelfire, and expages, those types of sites from the 90’s. While I didn’t build an entire frontend for WYSIWYG design, I did create a system that allows me to provision users manually who get a 1.44mb FTP account with no shell access, and a homepage url like https://pages.turtlecoin.lol/~username. The account gets created manually, and the user uses something like filezilla to connect via FTP and upload up to 1 floppy of web space. I suppose the next step is some type of shell account or BBS. I’d like to make it a paid service so you can get the page for free, and then upgrade to a dual density floppy or add shell access down the road. A lot of it is still up in the air waiting for someone to abuse it. I’d also like to automate account creation, as I’m currently using a google form and webmin. What’s cool is that I built a Bash script that generates the main page every 30 seconds server side and updates a list with a bunch of system specs and links to the latest modified pages. – Rock
Swanson Clicker – Now introducing Swanson Clicker! Get addicted to a Clicker Game all over again…Turtle style! Complete with 3 different upgrades and more features to come. – xaz
TurtlePay™ – I’ve been working the last few weeks hopping between core development and TurtlePay™. Most of my time there has been spent formulating plans including design documents that are in the repo. As always, slow and steady is the name of the game. I’ve published a draft development roadmap for everyone to take a look at. Feel free to ask questions, provide feedback, or help out. TurtlePay™ will hopefully build on the foundation of a lot of the tools I’ve already published. It’s like fitting together a bunch of puzzle pieces that we didn’t even realize were puzzle pieces 🙂 It’s definitely an exciting project and I’m looking forward to what others can build based upon the services the project will offer. – IBurnMyCD
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