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This Week In TurtleCoin (Hackathon 2019 Edition)

This week we are celebrating the conclusion of the annual TurtleCoin Crypto Hackathon @ crypto-hackathon.com

Developer Category

(In the order in which they were submitted)

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MXZ – “TRTL Shop”
Chainsub.space

Origami Category

Teacup https://imgur.com/gH5UuzK
Why Canti Think Of a Name

Poster Category

Psychotic Silverfish
MXZ
Hashterisk https://imgur.com/a/7qFOUe7
Spanner Pouch https://imgur.com/a/fGKBYGS
Teacup https://imgur.com/YE6Rhjp

Winners by Category

Developer

10,000,000 TRTL PRIZE

Origami

3,000,000 TRTL PRIZE

Poster

2,000,000 TRTL PRIZE

Hashterisk https://imgur.com/a/7qFOUe7
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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 (November 19, 2019)

Teacup made this

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.

First Annual TurtleCoin Crypto-Hackathon!

Big shout out to all the teams who’ve registered so far for the hackathon! We still have about 10 days for new team signups so whether you’re on your own or have a crew of friends, you still have time to sign up!

Also, when you sign up, don’t forget to let us know if you want to be interviewed and how to get in touch with you!

Click here to signup your team!

https://crypto-hackathon.com

CantiLib / CS-TurtleCoin

Another overdue update. I set aside a day to write up everything that goes on while talking to and syncing with an existing node, getting back to my reverse-engineering roots. Since then, I’ve been working on implementing these communications into CantiLib. This mean that soonā„¢ a CS-TurtleCoin node will be able to act as a functional peer on the network, able to relay and propogate data to and from other nodes. I have also moved to utilize EF Core 3.0 for local data storage, and have rewritten block caching to suit, which means that a user will be able to choose which database type they’d like to use to store their synced data. At the moment, I have implementations for SQLite, MSSQL, Azure Cosmos, among others. Once these changes are completed and pushed, there will still be a lot left to add to get it to the same level as an existing C++ node, such as fleshing out API functions, but it’ll be a big step forward in my daemon rewrite.

Canti

https://www.github.com/turtlecoin/cs-turtlecoin

“TRTL Logo 3d” A 3d animated gif of the TRTL shell emblem by vr_nico#3176

Proton Wallet – Halloween Release!

“Hey guys, Extra here, the new version of Proton wallet is going to be coming out on Halloween, 10/31 and it has some features I’m very excited about. We’ve implemented a brand new address feature and a search feature, which should make it easier to send transactions and navigate through the wallet. The search feature is pretty nifty; you can search transaction hashes, contact details in your address book, or even for settings you’d like to change, and it will return any results to you in a nicely formatted list. In addition, I’ve found and squashed a few more bugs that result in faster syncing when minimized, and an overall better user experience.

You can grab the newest release at the link below, and please let me know what you think or if you have any feature requests for Proton!

For next month’s release, I’m going to be focusing on adding deterministic subwallet support. This means you’ll be able to generate as many new addresses as you’d like and use them, and be able to restore them all with a single seed. It”s a feature I’ve wanted to see in a TurtleCoin wallet for a while.

Thanks everybody and stay cool! BD”

ExtraHash

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

TonChan

“On Wednesday the 14th I finally put out an update to TonChan, for 10% of users. If there are no errors discovered then I’ll deploy it to everyone shortly. This update has some big fixes, the major one being a fix where your wallet received a ton of transactions, and you were on Android 9, you may have been unable to open your wallet.

This is caused by only being able to read 1MB of data at once from a single row in the database. This is fixed by just chunking the wallet in the database, and hopefully retroactively fixed by those who have too large wallets by performing chunked reads.

Another big feature is the ability to swap nodes. Now if there’s ever maintenance on the blockchain cache, you’ll still be able to sync your wallet. Furthermore, you can choose a node which is closer to you geographically or potentially under lower load for improved sync speeds.

Finally, I made some tweaks to ensure that the UI is always snappy whether your node is having issues connecting or not.

I’ll not bore you with every single little change made, if you’re interested in that then you can check out the full changelog here: https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin-mobile-wallet/releases/tag/v1.0.1

Let me know if you’re having any issues with the new update. Hope you like it.”

Zpalm

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tonchan

GitHub Actions CI/CD

GitHub has finally released its own CI/CD with some amazing specs. So I decided to try it out and move the entire CI pipeline of TurtleCoin from travis and appveyor to GitHub Actions. This week I have tested the new caching feature to reduce build times significantly. I have also created a PR to use the artifacts produced in these builds for releases and testing purposes..

rashedmyt

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/pull/920

Turtle Tinder

It’s what happens when two turtles meet under the covers of a blockchain transaction <3. They spawn new extra special turtles, only for you my friend! They are not turtlecoins but rather virtual turtles, in the spirit of cryptokitties and titties. I could write how it could work here, but the margin is too narrow to contain it. Therefor, just do it your way!?

leturt

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Extra’s Reporter Articles

Hey everybody, Extra here, reporting on some of the goings on I’ve seen in the past week.

New Reporter Role

We’ve been having some issues getting enough submissions for the roundup, so we decided to switch up the way we do things a little bit. We came to the conclusion that lots of stuff worth talking about was getting done each week; but these folks weren’t to keen on writing up a few sentences for our blog. So, we created the reporter role on discord. Zpalm, ibmcd and I, and perhaps a few others I am not aware of, will be writing up short reports on cool goings-on we see down in #dev-general and other areas when we see them. This is an attempt to get some more content into the writeup, and also perhaps encourage the authors of these cool projects to come forward and write little bit about them to the community so that all of you guys knopw what is going on. With that being said, here are some of the cool things I’ve seen in the last week or soā€¦

Mysterious Third Party Wallet Integration

A new face has appeared down in #dev-general asking some techie questions. His name is @zhang, so if you see him around be sure to give a turtley “”hello.”” He’s been working with the turtlecoin-wallet-backend-js on a mysterious-sounding project. We reached out to zhang for comment, and he informed us that he was working on integrating TurtleCoin with his third party wallet application. That sure sounds interesting to me, and we are looking forward to seeing what happens with it! Welcome zhang to the community and good luck with the integration!

It is a pleasure to add turtle to HebeWallet, the first purely anonymous coin for Hebe Wallet.
We got a lot of help from the turtle community in integrating Turtle in the wallet. Most communities ignore third party development, but we were able to get alot of questions answered very quickly. This saved us alot of time. We will release it in the next version.

https://hebe.cc/

New Test for the JSON Node List

Ibmcd has been hard at work as usual, and he has a certain talent for setting up cool CI testing. For those that don’t know, we run a list of turtlecoin public nodes on github that other applications can use in order to find active TurtleCoin full nodes for their users here: https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin-nodes-json Up until now, maintainers of that repository have had to manually check to see if a node is online: However, no longer is that the case. IBMCD has written a fully automated check that happens with Travis and will ensure your node is reachable from the internet directly in the CI testing. If you say, open a PR with a dead node, the CI test will fail and you will be automatically notified on the pull request page on github. That’s really neat! Nice job IBMCD. :muscle: :triumph:

Aneki’s Bootstrap

Aneki has recently updated his bootstrap of the TurtleCoin blockchain for those of you with slow CPUs who want an easy way to get synced. As always, you can find the updated bootstrap at the link below:

ExtraHash

Moving Up!

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

This week we added two new reporters to a new role called… you guessed it, Reporter! The reporter’s role is to write down cool things that happen during the week that would otherwise not make it into the roundup. Pitch them a few TRTL if you see them being helpful!

Also big thanks to Spookypool who’s starting up a new TurtleCoin pool, we thank you! Best of luck!

Reporter: ExtraHash, Zpalmtree

Service Operator – Munchiehigh420 Spookypool

Congrats guys!

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!

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.

  • MarketCap.cc is the new one stop solution for every crypto trader; developed with one mission in mind: keep crypto stats fake volume free. MarketCap.cc ist the first ever public statistics website that analyzes all trades in realtime across a large number of trusted exchanges in realtime. Combined with out Trading Terminal you will never miss a good trade. MarketCap.cc is still in active development, expect bugs which will be fixed as soon as we find them. https://marketcap.cc
  • 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.

  • Michael Meyers Dont touch my lunchmeat. Or the bread. Or the mayo.
  • Japakar pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
  • Japakar Thanks all to the community as always! You guys are great!
  • Turtley McTurtleton McDrizzle Hi there!
  • Rock Thanks to the reporters and new service operators for entering the fray šŸ™‚
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TURTLECOINā„¢ CRYPTO-HACKATHON 2019

ANNOUNCING THE FIRST ANNUAL TURTLECOINā„¢ CRYPTO-HACKATHON

To celebrate our 2nd year as a community on December 9th 2019, we are sponsoring the first annual TurtleCoinā„¢ Crypto-Hackathon.Ā The purpose of this event is to reward the diverse and talented group of contributors TurtleCoinā„¢ has gathered across many networks and communities, artists and developers alike. Just because we love you šŸ™‚

To find out more, and to sign up, check out the official website:

https://crypto-hackathon.com

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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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From Newbie to Core Contributor w/ ExtraHash

Here, you can see the knuckles lifting gently off the ground as a user becomes a dev

It’s been a while since we’ve interviewed a member of the team and as we just added a new Core Contributor last week it just felt right to pick back up on the article series. Enjoy!

RS: ExtraHash, thanks for taking this interview! You’ve been in the TRTL community for a few years now, and over this time we’ve watched you grow from a normal user to the developer of our default GUI wallet, and now a core dev, in fact! At the end of this interview, I hope the readers get to know you and your projects as well as the rest of us have, and maybe if we’re lucky it will bring people a little bit closer to one of the people that makes the tools they use daily.

So to take it from the top, how did you find TRTL? Do you remember what brought you here initially?

EH: I found TRTL very early on, within the first month of launch, through a thread someone had posted (where else) on /biz/. It was my first foray into getting involved into a fledgling coin, and let’s just say I didn’t really know what I was getting into. In fact, at the time, I had very little background knowledge of blockchain in general. It was a great experience, and before long I was up to speed on alot of basic blockhain concepts due to the helpful and educational nature of the community.

RS: How long would you say you were a regular user before you got the idea you wanted to be a dev? What was it that made that change?

EH: I didn’t decide to take steps toward becoming a developer until I had already been in the community as a regular user for a bit over a year, sometime in February 2019. I’d say there were two major events that spurred my transformation:

The first event was a video that you actually posted in #general, a movie on open source software and Linux called Revolution OS. It really struck a chord with me. Watching that video made me realize what open source actually was: it’s more than just opening your source code for others to inspect, it’s a revolution and community movement based around allowing others to use and modify software and change it as they see fit. This understanding was eye opening for me, and gave me a bit of a different perspective on TurtleCoin and our community.

The second event was the event that actually spurred me to start writing code. Madk had a bot in the market server that was able to give statistics on the network and market: price, hashrate, and so on. He made some changes to the bot that I did not like. So, instead of asking madk to revert the changes, I set out to write my own bot to take its place. That bot became my first ever coding project, and is still running in the market server to this day.

RS: That’s cool, and I’m not sure many people knew that about you. What brought you from doing a chat bot to wanting to design the now default GUI wallet for TRTL?

EH: The chatbot was written in JavaScript, which I had some (but not much) experience with before, mostly simple scripts on web pages and things like that. I set out to learn as much about JavaScript as I could, thinking it would be best for me to at least become competent with one language before attempting to learn others. There were a few other projects in between which I used to further hone my JS skills, but soon I began to want to contribute back to the TurtleCoin community in a meaningful way.

At this point, I was also following TurtleCoin’s development very closely, and one thing really piqued my interest: walletbackend-js. Zpalm had written a really nicely done native JavaScript wallet backend implementation, but no-one was yet developing a new wallet with it. Also, the current GUI wallet was fairly clunky and seemed to be abandoned by the developer. I saw a good opportunity to actually start a project that could improve the end user’s experience with using the network, and from that came Proton, my baby and GUI wallet which i’ve crafted for the community.

RS: What does walletbackend-js do for you, or I guess, for Proton?

EH: Walletbackend-js provides a way to interface with a wallet and the network in native JavaScript, which allows you to do things like write a wallet application or turtle-powered web application. It can run in a lot of places, including directly in a browser. With the old electron-based GUI wallet, there was always some “lag” to the user experience because it was just a graphical front-end wrapping the turtle-service executable. Proton, however, is a 100% native JS application, with no messy child processes.

RS: Is there a vision behind what you’re trying to create? Has becoming the default GUI wallet changed how you feel about the trajectory of Proton?

EH: Well, to be honest, the intention was always to become the default GUI wallet. Eventually I’d like to add multi-coin support for some of the other bigger coins, I think it’d be neat to have a fully open source client-side multi-coin wallet. However, for now, I’m just focused on improving Proton and making it the best possible experience for users on the TurtleCoin network. If anyone would like to see specific features implemented, please feel free to make an issue on the GitHub page with the feature request.

Shows you node fee info too, which is handy

RS: What are some features you’re working on currently that we will be seeing soon that maybe some aspiring developers reading this can help with? Do you have any Good First Issues?

EH: I’m currently working on a search function to search any information locally in the wallet. It’ll match contacts in the new address-book that will be releasing next version, as well as hashes stored within the wallet such as tx hashes and payment IDs.

The issue list is looking rather slim at the moment, but I am having one issue with a module called react-select I’m using on the send page for the address input: you can’t access the context menu to paste via mouse click because the real input width seems to automatically resize based on input size. This would probably be a good one to try and tackle.

RS: For anybody whoā€™s reading this who may want to help, can you touch briefly on the different parts of the tech stack that Proton makes use of? It uses nodejs, what else?

EH: Sure. At its root, yes, it’s a nodejs application. It’s also making use of electron, a framework for developing with web-based technologies on the desktop, and react, a front-end framework for web applications. It’s also making use of redux, react router, and webpack on the web-application side. We’re using bulma for the CSS. Of course as we’ve already mentioned, the TurtleCoin network interaction is powered by wallet-backend-js. I’m also using several tools to make up the development environment like eslint and prettier for code linting and formatting, and react-hot-loader for hot refresh in dev mode.

RS: With a list of technologies like that you’re bound to snag someone’s attention! Extra, thanks for this interview. Is there something we didn’t cover that you want to share with everyone?

EH: Thanks for having me! I’d just like to say thanks again to the TurtleCoin community and especially the developers that have helped me along my path to becoming a dev; particularly zpalm, ibmcd, mary, rock, fexra, and anybody else that’s helped me out along the way. Because of you all I’ve discovered something new that I’m really passionate about and I see myself doing for the rest of my life. I also look forward to getting more actively involved in core development and leaving my own mark on the core TurtleCoin codebase.

Check out ExtraHash’s handywork in the latest release of Proton GUI Wallet at https://getproton.org

If you’re a beginner developer or want to learn more and help out, check here for some good first issues to get started with https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtle-wallet-proton/issues

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Weekly Update

This Week in TurtleCoin (October 8, 2019)

Welcome to a new roundup! Now with more last-week in every bite!

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.lol

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

TurlteCoin Web Wallet (Client Side)

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

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

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.

Zpalm

https://github.com/turtlecoin/violetminer

Database Compression

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 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.

Zpalm

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

TRTL ATM

TRTL ATM is a virtual vending machine which you can get TRTL by paying through third party payment service provider; currently only Paypal is available. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate what can be done with Turtlecoin and inspire anyone that is interested in blockchain, cryptocurrency, and programming.

As a self-taught developer, the initiative of this project is to make the process of getting your first turtlecoin simpler, especially for people that are new to crypto.

We know there are several ways to get turtlecoin. Below are the ones I can think of, however, each one has its own incovenience:

  1. Buy it from cryptocurrency exchanges.
  2. Mining
  3. Hosting nodes
  4. Faucet

Let me explain.

  1. Buying turtlecoin is troublesome for new people, because not only they have to create an acocunt in the exchange, but also they need to first get some BTC or LTC, transfer it to their wallet in the exchange, then trade it with TRTL, then withdrawl from the exchange to their TRTL wallet.
  2. Mining and hosting nodes. Though Turtlecoin already has a rich collection of documentation, you still need to be somewhat okay or at least feel comfortable using all the command line stuff, this is sometime intimidating to people who are not familiar with programming. In addition, you need extra hardware to do these things.
  3. Faucet is just not practical when you want to get certain amount of TRTL at once.

Therefore, if there is a platform where you can just spend your worthless government money in exchange for some TRTL, and have it directly sent to your turtlecoin wallet, it would save a lot trouble when your only goal is to just get some TRTL into your wallet.

This concept is not new, and I want to see it in TRTL.
BTC has it in many countries, there are even physical BTC ATM machines, so why not for TRTL?

Frankly speaking, I do not have fund for this project, otherwise this concept can be extended as when you spend your worthless government money, the platform can directly purchase it in a exchange, then send it to your turtlecoin wallet. Therefore, as a demonstration project, I have set a fixed rate; 1 to 1 ratio with the USD to prevent too many people using it at this point.

However, TRTL ATM works, and if you would like to try it, you can just try with 1 TRTL. I have only deposit around 10000 TRTL to the TRTL ATM wallet, and whoever purchsed TRTL from TRTL ATM will become a contributor and your wallet address, nickname, and the amount you contributed will be displayed on the page. The money will be used for hosting public node and the web server.

Full disclosure, I spend around 25 USD per month hosting a public node and with this TRTL ATM web server hosting, there will be another 5 to 10 USD extra.

If all 10000 TRTL are purchased, I will start looking for partners to work with me and extend this project.

Sabo (Revolutionary)

Proton Wallet v1.0.0 Out, Proton Moves to Monthly Release Schedule

Hey everybody, ExtraHash here. I’ve just released version 1.0.0 of Proton Wallet for TurtleCoinĀ®. It’s got quite a lot of new features, check out the release page linked below for the full details. However, a VERY IMPORTANT detail:

There is user action required for this update. The wallet open dialog now only looks for wallet files ending in the .wallet extension, as well as uses this extension by default when saving. If your wallet file does not have this extension, you will not be able to see it in the open dialog. You must manually rename your wallet file and give it the proper extension .wallet.

Throughout developing this wallet, I’ve been working alot with both zpalm and iburnmycd troubleshooting some errors in transaction sending. We’ve successfully found and squashed quite a lot of bugs in may different places along the way, so hopefully this will improve the overall GUI wallet experience for everybody! It’s very cool to see the entire team come together and troubleshoot something collectively, and it’s great to be a part of it.

In addition, Proton Wallet is now moving to a monthly release schedule. I realize the (very) frequent updates might have gotten a bit annoying (especially at a binary size of 60+ MB per update), and as I feel the wallet is very solid at this point, it makes sense to slow down the updates a bit so they can be tested more thoroughly and hopefully done in a more organized way.

Signing off for now, stay cool TurtleCoin community.

ExtraHash

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

Moving Up!

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

Congratulations to Extrahash for gaining Core Contributor role!

Watter and Craig regained Footclan role, tmac25 gained contributor, khorosho gained DJ role

Rig Of The Week

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

zerouan vega rig one

this rig is running hiveos linux and teamredminer if i can sleep then the miners mine i’m zerouan 525 kh/s @917watt at the wall

Shoutouts & Thanks

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

wll1rah bogdanadnan, thanks for the great ninjarig miner and the help that you have provided in getting to work with mali GPU with OpenCL.
greywolf thanks for the server shakup; it caught me off guard, but all is well
greywolf cheers and thanks to Muf, who put together a spiffy home page for my node: https://turtlenode.co

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Weekly Update

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
Categories
Weekly Update

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

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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.