March 2016



Reddcoin Weekly Development Update


Welcome again Reddheads to another weekly update of Reddcoin Development.

This last week has continued to focus on the requirements for the ReddID and services and getting that converted to code. There is a lot to cover, on what I believe will be a ground breaking method to not only tip but to allow much improved peer to peer transactions. I dont want to reveal too much of our feature set at this point in the development but what we have cooking should give you a lot of flexibility, while at the same time remain in control of your funds directly.

Some of the interesting activities this week revolve more around the community efforts where we have started to see an up-trend in support from each of you.

Apart from some additional languages being incorporated, there has been some thoughts how Azure might be beneficial and also how Raspberry PI can be used as a low cost/power device for staking.

Otherwise there continues to be forward progress as we start bringing all the elements together. This is a major release so a lot of thought needs to go into the process so that is is successful across all fronts.

New Wallet – RC1d development update

@Didi has continued with his extensive testing of the blockchain download speed comparison between v1.4.1. and v2.0.0.
Indicative speeds still remain at about twice as fast using v2.0.0. The testing is not yet complete (downloading the blockchain multiple times is a lengthy process)

We have had more people interested in the language file updates for the core wallet which is wonderful. The help you provide is of benefit to all (Dutch, Russian, Hindi, Finnish). I will be doing a test build so that those doing the translation can verify their work is as expected

This week, no new bugs have been reported

The next round of activities is a little more mundane.
Essentially, reaching out to those we know are running services dependant on Reddcoin wallet, trying to identify other services who may also be using and notify them of the pending upgrade.

We will also be performing a co-ordinated upgrade of the network to simulating the the switch over to v4 blocks and create/verify a fall back plan.

Overall, great progress and thanks to all.

ReddID Updates

Not too much to report here, other than development continues to progress on ReddID. It is a matter of refining and validating the code so far, so otherwise it is coming along nicely.

Getting involved

The community awareness now seems to be growing at a steady rate which is fantastic. We are solid into 2016 now and the general trend over the last 6 months has been in a positive direction. The factors I am looking at give an overall view of the interest in Reddcoin (node count, google searches, active addresses, etc). And these have all shown an upward trend.

I think a few people may have become excited by the sudden activity on the trading exchanges this week, while I find it interesting and it bears mentioning, it was really only a small blip. However it did spark a lot of discussion in the trollboxes and brought in some new faces as people realised that are serious about progressing.

Welcome to you if you have come to check us out.

If you would like to get involved and dont know where to start, reach out and we will see where you can jump in

Translations

One of the activities that needs to be done is to review the current translations for Reddcoin V2.0. We follow the same procedure as Bitcoin, using a service by Traniflex to manage and maintain the translation files.

We have already start on the following languages

  • Dutch
  • Russian
  • Icelandic
  • Finnish

I am looking for people who would like to have a look into the following languages:

  • Russian (27% completed)
  • Ukrainian (43% completed)
  • German (69% completed)
  • Chinese (73% completed)
  • Hindi (11% completed)
  • Spanish (69% completed)
  • Portuguese (27% completed)
  • French (100% completed)
  • Dutch (69% completed)
  • Tagalog (0% completed) Have someone interested in doing this

Of course your welcome to contribute to any other of the languages as well.
We currently have 60 languages on file, and you can add to this if needed (Klingon anyone??)

PM me if you are interested (we have already had some starters)


In Closing

A little short this week I know, It was a 4 day weekend and I needed to spend some well earned time with my real family. I am hitting the new week with a fresh mind to go.

Where ever you are, enjoy your week ahead

Keep on staking!

x-posted on https://www.reddcointalk.org/topic/808/state-of-the-redd-nation-mar-28-2016

Reddcoin Weekly Development Update


Welcome again to another weekly update of Reddcoin Development.

There continues to be good progress on all fronts for the Core wallet development. The main focus currently remains on completing v2.0 wallet as it forms the foundation for Reddcoin moving forward. With this, there continues to be improvements and validation of the work that has been done so far. The good news is we are getting close to providing a full release

Building on the foundation of the Core Wallet will be the ReddID blockchain based identification system. As we have discussed before, the ReddID system will allow for the easy translation between an easy to remember UserID and a wallet address. This will simplify the transaction process between users

However, ReddID is just the beginning and how we use the ReddID system will go beyond just being able to easily identify the destination of a transfer. I have always promoted, usability and utility and on the side of utility is putting in place functions for the Reddcoin network that help promote and support an entire crypto-currency eco-system.

I will be providing updates to ReddID as development progresses

New Wallet – RC1d development update

We are working through at a good pace with the new wallet. I have pushed it out to a few more users this last week for testing and review. The more eyeballs on it now looking for bugs and the like will help to make a successful deployment.

We are getting close to the point where we need to start inform exchanges and service providers that a new release is pending. I would like to give them the opportunity to test and prepare themselves with the new version first before pushing out to the general population. The intention here is not to have a coordinated upgrade, but rather allow these businesses to prepare themselves as best as possible as usually there is addition checks and balances they will perform.

This week a special thanks goes out to both @Didi and @Deadpool

Over the last week @Didi has been begun preparing a document to detail the degree of improvement in the speed of syncing the blockchain from the initial start to completion. As everyone knows, the time to sync the blockchain is ever increasing and can take quite a while before the wallet can be used.

@Didi graciously has set up an environment to test using a combination of win32/64bit wallets using either SSD or normal HDD and to compare between v1.4.1 and v2.0.0. There are a lot of combinations to go over and a lot of data to download, so the testing is not yet complete , but I thought it worthwhile to mention that in the tests thus far the improvement has been significant. The sample data is small, but in the tests so far it is about twice as fast to download using v2.0.0

The following image shows a comparison of one pass

BlockChain Download Speed

After the discussion on translations last week, @Deadpool jumped in and immediately started getting the French translations into shape. He has now completed the 3 French files to 100%

  • French(France)
  • French(Canada)
  • French

Fantastic effort @Deadpool

French Language Update

This week, I will be making a pull of the language files and generating an updated binary suite

The reported bug from last week on the import of the addressbook has been removed from the issues list. This was not a bug, but rather the display of addresses moved within the GUI to a new location. This triggered an improvement to the labelling of the Tab to better indicate the operation.

The next stage will be to test the upgrade process of the network, simulating the the switch over to v4 blocks and a fall back plan.

Great progress and thanks to all.

ReddID Updates

Development progress on ReddID is coming along nicely. With some basic functionality now available in that I am able to write to and read data from the testnet blockchain.

There is a lot to cover here with both backend services and the client side. The goal is to provide a seamless user experience.

On the front end, I am focussing on the original browser wallet and incorporating the functionality to both register, maintain and use the ReddID. The importance here is to be as simple yet functional as possible. There are some additional functions to be able to search for users and verify the sending address

On the backend, I am looking at a number of different functions, the core component obviously being the managing and maintaining of the user space, but also some as yet not announced functions that will extend ReddID as an all encompassing tipping platform.

The goal is to create as decentralised platform as possible for tipping. That is, keep your funds off centralised servers, and have them in a wallet that you control.

Getting involved

Since last week, a few more of you have stepped up to get involved in the community in a more tangible way. I find it encouraging that the community support for this project continues to grow.

Since becoming involved as a developer, I have been less inclined to talk about price as a measure of success. And you wont find me talk about it too much these days. What I do look for is the trends and statistics showing the over all interest that the community has in this project.

It has been all of you who continue to contribute to comments on the forums, running nodes, participating in trading that show a steady upward trend. This has brought many new faces.

In the last week, I have also been visiting our friends on some of the chinese forums. It is good to see there is an interest there even though there are no trading exchanges.

If you would like to get involved and dont know where to start, reach out and we will see where you can jump in

Translations

One of the activities that needs to be done is to review the current translations for Reddcoin V2.0. We follow the same procedure as Bitcoin, using a service by Traniflex to manage and maintain the translation files.

I am looking for people who would like to have a look into the following languages:

  • Russian (27% completed)
  • Ukrainian (43% completed)
  • German (69% completed)
  • Chinese (73% completed)
  • Hindi (11% completed)
  • Spanish (69% completed)
  • Portugese (27% completed)
  • French (100% completed)
  • Dutch (69% completed)
  • Tagalog (0% completed) Have someone interested in doing this

Of course your welcome to contribute to any other of the languages as well.
We currently have 60 languages on file, and you can add to this if needed (Klingon anyone??)

PM me if you are interested (we have already had some starters)


In Closing

This coming week is going to be rather short for me with a 4 day weekend looming. Suffice to say I find it hard to stop the ideas for Reddcoin coming. I have a running “Gnashers Brainstorming Doc” that is constantly updated and revised.

Where ever you are, have a good week

Keep on staking!

 

x-posted (https://www.reddcointalk.org/topic/801/state-of-the-redd-nation-mar-21-2016)

Weekly Updates


Well this last week moved pretty fast didn’t it? And here it is Monday again. So welcome again to another update of the Reddcoin weekly progress.

From the activities of this week, there has been some good testing going on with great contributions by both @Didi and@bmp02050. This has shaken out a couple of new items and sparked some discussions on blocksize.

We have also had some launching of new features on the Reddheads new and improved site and @dragonfrugal updated his WordPress tipping plugin to use Poloniex API.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get as far as I wanted to in all of my development activities, but I did manage to successfully merge in all the major changes of the v2.0 build into the master branch of Github. This is a big step in itself in preparation for a broader release.

One of our newer users to Reddcoin @DeadPool has started laying out some strategies for people outside of the core to get involved in. it is well worth a look if you are looking to get involved. Just contact @Deadpool.

New Wallet – RC1d development update

This week has been one of heavy testing on testnet. Both @Didi and @bmp02050 have been pushing the limits of the network by creating thousands of transaction using some scripts. At times creating transactions bigger than the currently supported block size.

The extent of the testing has pushed the transaction count 100 fold. It is this type of testing that will help determine the future direction of development.

Further testing has also revealed a small bug when starting the wallet for the first time, an existing addressbook does not get imported correctly (wallet transactions are fine). This has been placed on the issues list for investigation

As mentioned earlier, I have been working to move all the new features of v2.0 onto the main branch (Master) on Reddcoin Github. Lots of testing going on here as we need to make sure this is a clean move. It is not a normal development move, where we have added new features to the existing branch in a linear fashion, but rather, we have taken a completely new branch and need to apply those changes.

Overall though, this has been progressing well.

Reddheads Website updated with multi-lingual support

@Reddibrek has done it again and release a significant milestone.

Creating one of the very first news sites tailored for cryptocurrency with multi lingual support. Although there are news sites targeted to specific languages, it would appear that Reddheads.com is a first in supporting news articles for multiple languages.

This is early days, but @Reddibrek has some big plans for the news site, so if you are interested in getting involved (either creating articles or translation services) then take the opportunity to contact him.

Otherwise, do yourself a favour and subscribe.

Getting involved

Speaking of getting involved, @Deadpool has come into Reddcoin recently as a new user, and has a lot to contribute. He has begun by creating a list of tasks on Trello that could to be done, with a focus on non core activities. As you could imagine in a project like Reddcoin, there are a lot of tasks to keep active.

If you would like to get involved and dont know where to start, reach out to Deadpool and see where you can jump in

Translations

One of the activities that needs to be done is to review the current translations for Reddcoin V2.0. We follow the same procedure as Bitcoin, using a service by Traniflex to manage and maintain the translation files.

I am looking for people who would like to have a look into the following languages:

  • Russian (27% completed)
  • Ukrainian (43% completed)
  • German (69% completed)
  • Chinese (73% completed)
  • Hindi (11% completed)
  • Spanish (69% completed)
  • Portugese (27% completed)
  • French (76% completed)
  • Dutch (69% completed)
  • Tagalog (0% completed)

Of course your welcome to contribute to any other of the languages as well.
We currently have 60 languages on file

PM me if you are interested (we have already had some starters)


In Closing

This coming week I should now be focused back on the ReddID and Browser wallet features. The new build of wallet will be going through its paces this week and hopefully we have most technical issues wrapped up.

Keep on staking!

 

x-posted (https://www.reddcointalk.org/topic/792/state-of-the-redd-nation-mar-14-2016)

Weekly Updates


Last Week

Welcome again to another weekly post and update on everything Reddcoin.

For Reddcoin, it has been quite a productive week. I have been able to build out a new release candidate (RC1d) containing all the fixes to the issues raised. This has now been distributed to most of the beta testers.

If you havent received your link yet, let me know (PM)

Outside of Reddcoin, it has been quite turmultuous over the past week particularly as the Bitcoin network has been dealing with high volumes. There has been an increase of small transactions causing blocks to fill and delaying some transactions from actually getting into a block.

Some of this discussion has been centered on the increasing fees of the network and it is becoming expensive to send transaction.

New Wallet – RC1d development update

Last week I spoke about hopefully being able to release a new candidate for for testnet. Time wise i was able to get ahead and managed to push a version out on Saturday 5 March 2016

The new build includes the following improvements

  • Re-implement BIP66 validation rules and switchover logic
  • Fix some TX calculations
  • Correct display of recent transactions on Overview page
  • increase number items displayed to 5
  • Sort the transaction list by date order decending
  • Enable staking on launch and after unlocking wallet
  • update checkpoints for main and testnet

With this release there is an increase in the block version up from version 3 to version 4. Version 3 was originally created for PoSV. The increase to version 4 is required to handle the new DER signature validation.

What this means for the network is we will have some switchover logic. Effectively the following parameters are used

  • Mainnet when 95% block generated are ver 4
  • Testnet when 75% blocks generated are ver 4

When this occurs version 3 blocks or lower will not be accepted on the network. This is not a hard fork that will suddenly happen, but rather timed so that everyone has time to get versions downloaded and tested (some exchanges and the like will need time to prepare).

Reddheads Website

Reddibrek has been very busy this last few weeks giving the reddheads.com website a freshen up. Here you can subscribe to the newsletter and read some of the pertinent articles being discussed.

If you havent subscribed already, please do to stay informed.

Network Fees

There has been lots of discussion in recent forums about network fees. I have even contributed to the following postinghttps://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/48zd7t/which_coin_has_the_cheapest_transaction_fees_atm/

In essence Reddcoin tries to keep fees to a reasonable level.
We have 3 destinct areas in transactions that effect fees from the QT wallet

  1. Transactions 1RDD or less are considered spam and will attract 0.0001 RDD as a transaction fee. This is to discourage such low value transactions
  2. Transactions that are above 1RDD, and have a size that will cause the block to be < 250KB will be free. That is if there only a small number of inputs or outputs it will be free.
  3. If the transaction will cause the block to be > 250KB will attract increasing fees up to the limit of the block of 1MB

In the case of Reddcoin, fees go back into the network, and anyone with an open and staking wallet is entitled to recieve them and are included in the staking amount.

Contributions you can make

Some discussions have started on what the community can do to help contribute to Reddcoin, when you are not a programmer.

A few things do come to mind

  • Help translate the GUI into different languages. Reddcoin uses a service called Transiflex to map words from one language to another. If you would like to see Reddcoin GUI in your native language your input could help. I have had a few offers now already.
  • Create a Local language channel on the forum. Sometimes it is not easy to convey a message when the only language used is English. Translating across to your local language can add a new dynamic to the forum.
  • Help improve the information on the Wiki (wiki.reddcoin.com) there is a lot of information there and BigReddMachine put a lot of effort into getting it there.
  • If you have an eye for detail, some input into UI/UX

These are just a few suggestions, there are plenty of things that could be improved.


In Closing

This week brings new challenges and I will be focusing back on the ReddID and Browser wallet features. The new build of wallet will be going through its paces this week and hopefully we have most technical issues wrapped up.

Keep on staking!

 

x-posted https://www.reddcointalk.org/topic/785/state-of-the-redd-nation-mar-7-2016