Zcash Developers Update 5-10-19

Zcash Developers Update 5-10-19

By Paige Peterson

This is our fortnightly engineering update which happens after the conclusion of each 2-week engineering sprint. You can check out last week’s update for recent news on community and communications.

Arborist Team
This team focuses on development of the zcashd client, lightwalletd, librustzcash and protocol upgrades. Follow along with team discussions in the Community Chat #arborist-team channel.

The 2.0.5 release has been delayed until approximately May 14th so the team can resolve some data leak issues with the Sprout to Sapling migration tool before deploying it. After that release, the team will be focusing on reviewing, responding to and refining ZIPs for NU3 and code review for librustzcash and other Rust code.

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 on the final stretch for getting the build factory to run the zcash test suite on windows workers. We fixed a Debian 8 issue fixed for the gitian build for the 2.0.5 release and helped with 2.0.5 release tasks.

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.

Migration tool documentation is ready to merge for the upcoming release. We’re looking into a plan for refactoring the documentation so its easier to navigate for users and developers.

Ecosystem Team
This team is intended to work on projects that interface with external parties not including the zcashd core client and handles business development in the phases after initial contact by providing technical insight and support.

We spent most of our time this sprint helping with code review and testing for the 2.0.5 release. We are also continuing to work on merging Insight code into the main zcashd code base and Insight documentation updates.

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.

We finished some initial fixes that will help with reorg instability in lightwalletd and librustzcash. We are also working on a test app for zcon1, researching any technical blockers for supporting shielded on iOS and responding to community and partner questions about wallet setup.


As mentioned in the Arborist team update, the 2.0.5 release has been delayed, more info in this thread: [Updated] 2.0.5 release delayed, expected next week

Zcon1 applications are still open but prices go up and scholarships end in 2 weeks.
Plus, the schedule is almost finalized! https://www.zfnd.org/zcon/

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