Last week we released the second dev tutorial. Since we are trying to make a new release roughly every two weeks, you can expect Dev Updates between releases to be a bit more quiet
In addition to working on the next dev tutorial, the front-end team is discussing improvements related to app authorization, permissions and data sharing between applications.
We are also thinking about how SAFE Launcher can be scaled to various platforms (e.g. mobile, embedded, etc.). For example, SAFE Launcher currently needs to run in the background and continuously proxy HTTP requests to the SAFE Network, but on some mobile platforms that wouldn’t necessarily be possible. It would be preferable if mobile apps could communicate directly with the SAFE Network.
There are multiple approaches we are looking at, and we’re planning to have a detailed discussion about potential changes to SAFE Launcher this week. We’ll write a summary of the discussion and post it on the Dev Forum. The ideas we’ll present will still be open to debate by the community and we’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback once we post that topic
APIs that were integrated late into
safe_core are being updated in launcher. The API for handling versioned structured data is being updated and tested from launcher.
The test module for the APIs is being updated to work with electron-mocha and once this switch is done, the CI system should be able to run the test suite again.
As said in the introduction, this week has been more related to discussions on how the launcher should be shaped for the future and how the APIs should be exposed.
We have started the async overhaul this week and are using (relatively much more recent) rust-async-paradigm crates tokio-core and futures-rs. That is the direction Rust community seems to be moving and lot of work is going into them. We have created a separate
dev branch to allow master to continue to be usable with present Launcher etc., as it is a big and a breaking change. A lot of work has gone into that already in 2 days and there is steady progress.
Routing & Vault
This week we have another member joining the Routing team: Diggory Hardy
With 2 new members in Routing and Andreas getting back, we are now looking at our next milestone: user running vaults from home. This is our number one priority.
The big issue we need to address for vaults from home is being able to prune out vaults that are so low resourced they kill the network. Along with RFC 37 – Disjoint Groups (which is already underway), to address the issue of low-powered nodes, we are looking at RFC 45 – Node Ageing.
We are also discussing what other changes we need to make before being able to start testing vaults from home again. For example, data chains (which will provide data republish) is not a priority for now, this will come after we are able to test vaults from home.
With @lightyear starting full time in October, we’ve started planning our dev outreach strategy. We are currently researching events and have submitted applications to the ones we think most suitable. In comparison with previous years, we are going to be attending more events than ever through 2017 as this is a key part of our strategy in pushing engagement on the back of the alpha and early tutorial releases. We will keep you posted about the events we’ll take part in, of course.
Each event varies and we will use a combination of talks and workshops where possible. While talks are great for introducing concepts, we are excited by the workshop format, enabling Ben and other members of the team to bring app developers up the learning curve.
We see dev outreach as a key part of our strategy moving forward and growing the developer outreach team during 2017 will be one of our priorities.
In addition to attending conferences, we will also be seeding and working with members of the community interested in presenting SAFE at meetups, or run their own developer events and workshops. We will support this activity as much as possible. If you are interested in doing any of these, please get in touch with @lightyear or me (@frabrunelle).
If you have any suggestions for conferences you think would help us spread the word in the developer community, please post them here.
Bitcoin Wednesday, Amsterdam
We are going to be speaking at Bitcoin Wednesday in Amsterdam on the 7th of December so if you guys can make it through for that event we would love to see you there. We will keep you posted about the details.
Chaos Communication Congress, Hamburg
Ben is also planning to be at the Chaos Communication Congress this year (December 27th – 30th, 2016 in Hamburg). We are still waiting to hear back whether he got accepted to give a talk there, but he is planning on going either way. And he was wondering who else was planning on coming and whether anyone would be interested in organising an Assembly with him.
MaidSafe’s funding round on BnkToTheFuture ends in about 14 hours. £1,246,869 have been raised through 226 backers so far. Thanks again to everyone who invested, supported and helped out with this round!
If you know which component a bug is associated with, feel free to report it on GitHub in the corresponding repo. If you’re not sure where to open an issue, you can simply create a new topic on this forum and add the #bug tag. @lightyear and I are subscribed to the #bug tag, so we will automatically receive a notification whenever someone adds the #bug tag to any topic. We’ll take care of opening an issue on GitHub if necessary.
If an issue is specifically related to the SAFE API, then it makes sense to use the SAFE Dev Forum. But for issues related to end-user applications (e.g. SAFE Launcher, SAFE Demo App, SAFE Browser, etc.), it’s fine to use the SAFE Network Forum. Most users already have an account here
Also, to make the process of opening an issue on GitHub easier, we will start adding Issue Templates to most of our repos.