Development update August 2019
A rundown of events since the July development update
Various contributors have been, or currently are, on holiday. Development, however, is still progressing on several fronts and not only code.
Artem has partially resolved the database corruption issue mentioned last time and is still working on the registration and trading aspects of the NFT framework. He expects to include registration in the next testnet release which could occur this month or early in September. Mainnet release is expected with the codename “Emerald” version of Crown by the end of September 2019.
NFT framework testing has so far not thrown up any major bugs. One issue regarding which pubkeys can be used for NFT creation has been identified and addressed. Artem is sure there are a few bugs still hiding in the code and would very much appreciate more people joining the testing effort. If you’re interested the best place to start would be Artem’s article.
The simple NFT generator mentioned in the last update is now available for anyone to use. It was created by Crown contributor @defunctec and is hosted at https://crwwallet.net/crown-nft-generator-testnet/. You can even generate NFTs directly from your Android phone because crwwallet.net is also available as an app from Google Play store. One caveat regarding its use: the list function only shows NFTs created by the tool.
We have applied to join, and been accepted by The Non-Fungible Alliance. Crown will be listed among their members following the next website update. We hope this will bring increased awareness of Crown NFTs to a wider audience and provide more opportunities for collaboration with other organisations.
We are aware of a handful of use-cases already being developed on the NFT framework. We don’t have many details nor expected timeframes for release other than sometime after the mainnet release around the end of September. If you’re working on a project which uses the NFT framework please let us know.
Ashot was on holiday for a couple of weeks but is making good progress on the Bitcoin codebase update.
He has also been working on a small side-issue: creating a “chainwalker”. This is so that Flipside Crypto who generate the ratings for CoinmarketCap can get a better idea of the level of our development activity and hopefully raise our rating from the disappointing level it currently has.
We are still waiting for Trezor to release updated firmware containing the changes required to support Crown. Unfortunately, we don’t know when this will happen and it’s not something we have any influence over. We’ll announce it as soon as we’re aware of any new firmware release but you could keep an eye on their blog too.
We are in the early stages of a collaboration with Easybit to get Crown into their ATMs. It will probably be a few months before this comes to fruition.
Crown contributor @void of cryon.io has created a node management suite which can be used by individuals or hosting providers to manage any number of nodes in a simple and consistent way. He summarised the functionality in the Crown #development Discord channel on 11 July. The website at https://unit.cryon.io is under heavy development so the appearance and availability may be a bit variable! Alternatively, you can read more about it in his Discord server or at Github.
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