Shelley Testnet: Your weekly rollout rollup. Week Ten: W/E 30th August 2019

Week Ten: W/E 30th August 2019

Each week, this newsletter is where we’ll share a high-level summary of key achievements and what’s been going on in the program. Remember, for the very latest technical updates you can follow all the commits and pull requests in the community GitHub.

If you are not already part of the conversation, you’ll find a hive of activity over at the stake pool Best Practice Telegram. With over 2,200 members and loads of engaged users, this is a great resource for anyone interested in contributing to the program. Continued thanks to everyone from the community, especially our amazing Ambassadors.

What’s up
Nicolas from the Rust team and other IOHK colleagues have been holed up in beautiful Colorado this week, joining Charles and IOHK execs for meetings and workshops. Expect to hear more news flow as a result of those very productive sessions, very soon. Meanwhile, the Rust team has been using the Javascript SDK (see last week’s newsletter) to start building some new interfaces, which should come in handy a little further down the line. Here’s a sneak peek of some early test interfaces being developed around stake distribution and mempool functions.

Documentation and content
We are updating the testnet website over the next few days with a new Tools section to point users to the new JavaScript software development kit (SDK). We’re pointing to the code repository and tutorial video that can assist users as they use this SDK to build out new and exciting apps for the node.


New issues - 0
Backlog - 1 (Java SDK)
Resolved - 1

Community Content

  • Marek Mahut published a short Medium article on how to set up and run your Cardano Shelley testnet on a Raspberry PI 3 using NixOS
  • A bit of Friday fun here from Ambassador Markus, who teased us all on Telegram with his pic of a Shelley testnet node mounted on a drone. It was promptly named ‘Jormungandrone’ by Stakepool Taskforce member, Jesse Smith. Bravo! Currently, we have NO idea what the use case is for a flying stake pool… but we all want one! :slight_smile:

Have a great week!


The Stakepool Testing team


Drone staking brings local staking pool to a whooole new level. Could be fun with some network mesh of drones acting together both providing wifi/3/4/5G and accepting cardano transactions. Especially as EV battery tech keeps improving and probably soon these will have long range and endurance.

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