Zcash Developers Update 11-9-18

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By Marshall Gaucher

This week concludes a 2-week engineering sprint. You can check out last week’s update for recent updates on community and communications.

FYI: Sapling activation is complete!! Please update your node to the latest Zcash version.

Zcashd Team
This team focuses on development of the zcashd client. Follow along with team discussions in the Community Chat #zcashd-team channel.

The team is working on the 2.0.2 release, which includes improvements to the z_mergetoaddress RPC and some security improvements.

Consensus Protocol Team 
The focus of the team over the next couple months will be protocol code cleanup/refactoring and research to study potential improvements in the next network upgrades. Follow along in the #zcash-refactor channel in the community chat.

This team was on a brief sabbatical leave, following Sapling launch.

Development Infrastructure Team
The Development Infrastructure team ensures developers have the tools and infrastructure they need. Join this team in the #dev-infrastructure chat channel.

We are continuing to work towards our port of Zcashd for Windows – we’ve finished a proof of concept of integrating it with a CI system and now we’re working through the automated tests to make sure they’re all passing.

Ecosystem Team
For the time being this team handles business development in the phases after initial contact by providing technical insight and support.

We completed outreach in the days prior to Sapling with a large majority of ecosystem companies being prepared, a complete summary of Sapling activation can be found here.

Two members of the Zcash Company team presented at the SFCryptoDev meetup in San Francisco on the details of Sapling and a state of the ecosystem.

We are continuing to support projects through the Sapling transition period and new projects that are looking to integrate Zcash. Please send any requests to [email protected]

Documentation Team
This team drives the curation and assists in the creation of documentation. Follow along in the #documentation chat channel. Check out the official Zcash documentation.

We completed our final audit of the Zcash documentation migration to ensure it is consistent with Python3+ conventions. Now that this repo is nearing its final form, we have added a Gitlab contribution link for the community to easily submit content.

Reference Wallet Team
This teams current charter is to build a Zcash reference wallet. Deliverables will be a series of MVPs where Android is the first target platform.

The specifications for receiving payments (ZIP 307) has been written, and is available for feedback! Our next priority is to write code that implements this behavior while designing how sending functionality should work for light clients.

We finished the first design iteration of the reference wallet and shared it out internally to the company. We’re incorporating feedback before sharing it out to the community, which we will do later this month.

We hired a talented android developer, who has swiftly set up an android application and is getting to work on implementing the UI based on designs.

Miscellaneous
We’re hiring an IT Operations Engineer.

We have a new blog out on the upcoming Zcash Reference Wallet !

That’s all for this week! :heart: :zcash: :sapling: