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Zcash Developers Update 5-11-18

By Paige Peterson This week’s update will be based on the various engineering teams second sprint. This completes sprint 2 of 3 in our 6-week release cycle where the end of the 3rd sprint lines up with the next zcashd release. We’re tracking each team’s progress in Github projects so you can see a more detailed view of what they’re tackling each...

Zcash Developers Update 5-4-18

By Paige Peterson May the 4th be with you, Zcash community!    Since last week saw the end of our first engineering sprint, we’re now in the middle of the second sprint so I figure it makes sense to try and talk more about community related updates on the off week. So going forward, I’ll alternate these weekly reports between engineering and...

Zcash Developers Update 4-28-18

By Paige Peterson This week’s update will be based on the various engineering teams first sprint. We’re tracking each team’s progress in Github projects so you can see a more detailed view of what they’re tackling each two-week sprint and what they have in their longer-term backlogs. Zcashd Team This team focus on development of the zcashd client but stands distinct from consensus protocol...

Zcash Developers Update 4-20-18

By Paige Peterson Releases & Upgrades Just after last week’s update, we finished the process for releasing the first Overwinter compatible Zcash version, 1.1.0. We urge users to upgrade their Zcash clients in anticipation for the Overwinter activation on June 25th. If you upgrade now, you’ll be ready to go for the activation. For users interested in confirming with the third party Zcash...

Zcash Developers Update 4-13-18

By Paige Peterson Releases and upgrades So we intended to get the 1.1.0 release out at the beginning of this week but got stalled a few days and are working diligently to get the release announcement blog and the new version onto the Zcash release repository. This release includes the main network activation height for Overwinter, which we’ve decided to be 347500 and is...

Zcash Developers Update 4-6-18

By Paige Peterson Just a quick dev update on Overwinter and Sapling this week. I’ll elaborate on more community related updates next week but as a reminder: Zcon0 & Consensus Scholar program applications are open! Overwinter Release This week we made the go decision for moving forward with the Overwinter release without inserting a buffer release. We received reports back from auditors of Overwinter changes and while some...

Zcash Developers Update 3-30-18

  By Paige Peterson Releases & upgrades We continued our work reviewing and testing code for the upcoming release and has resulted in several closed issues and merged pull requests. The next release is planned for April 9th. We added a new zcashd schedule page to our website which we hope can help the community track the time frames of releases and upgrades a little easier....

Zcash Developers Update 3-23-18

By Paige Peterson Releases & Upgrades Well, Overwinter activated on testnet this week and so far so good. We’re working on updating the testnet block explorer that we maintain to work with the change in transaction format introduced by the upgrade. We are also starting a more active push to communicate with third-parties regarding preparation for the Overwinter activation on the main network which...

Zcash Developers Update 3-16-18

By Paige Peterson Overwinter testing & 1.1.0 This week, time was spent focused on diagnosing and reviewing the findings from a simulation of the Overwinter testnet activation to be better prepared for the testnet activation scheduled for early next week (block 207500 which targets Monday). We also spent a lot of time looking at various issues to resolve for 1.1.0 including some improvements from...

Zcash Developers Update 3-9-18

By Paige Peterson Releases & Upgrades This week several of our engineers worked together on setting up a pre-testnet Overwinter activation test network. The idea here is to have a better idea of the tests we’ll need and any tweaks or updates necessary to properly evaluate the actual testnet activation which targets March 19th (testnet block height 207500). We also have been organizing...