Testnets so far have shown
- Decentralised nodes with basic data types
- Self authentication
- Early API for developers to build decentralised apps
- Devs already creating apps that are surprising us all with the capability.
Then moved on to show
- Autonomous network, working from homes as it should (with limitations due to security, but to show the design works)
We are now doing a large step to mutable data, this is in essence the new API we believe is more powerful and easier to use for devs. Also this includes a mechanism where users can have a single download and run app (authenticator). This is one large part of the work that is almost completed now, Already usable for devs in a local setting via mock interfaces (a dummy network if you like)
The next part is split in two
Data chains part 1 - Secure the autonomous network .
This is the options listed in the update recently, option A and option B. We did a lot of work on A and now are testing B via simulations and better definitions of the "rules" there. This part is producing resuls and we are happy enough there, but until it's completed to our satisfaction, we will all be nervous
Data chains part 2, Record valid network data
This allows data republish by a node and is very important for network restarts, recovery of data etc. It is not as tough as part 1 as we pretty much already know how this works and have tested this with code. At least we anticipate it won't be as hard at all.
These are the three items that bring us to a stable secured network and completing these will mean the team are finalising features, which everyone will see as rapid progress, but it's much simpler than the current workload, which is quite intense and is core to the whole thing running securely and autonomous.
I hope this makes sense, it's always harder pre launch as after launch people can just say "hey who cares how it does it, it works, see", (although security people will need to know how and provide faith for those who cannot work that out) right now we sort of need to explain what we are doing and why. It makes it more technical really.