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WTF is a blockchain? WTF is Iguana?When I joined the team, my basic financial knowledge was of little help to understand the concepts behind Iguana technology. During the first days, I devoted a lot of time to researching Iguana and other Supernet technologies. And I must admit, it was not very easy, I lacked some knowledge of crypto terminology and widely used technologies in the market. I spent enough time to get a clear understanding, and documented the first set of requirements to kick off the project. During this process, I also created Feature Narrative documents for the team. (I’ll be uploading them on the Iguana wiki page, soon.) This effort got us all working on the same page, and accelerated the onboarding of new team members.
First mistakesUnfortunately, the group of devs who was in charge for the GUI chose another technology that made it almost impossible to fully implement the strategic vision of Supernet and core developer (jl777). After making sure that the existing code could not be reused, we decided to start from scratch. And you know what, it wasn’t so bad. I inherited the basic Iguana App feature narrative, raw wireframes, some mockups. Most importantly, I knew which way NOT to go.
The team“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” – Michael Jordan By now, the team has been 100% rotated. Some guys, who just were not skilled enough to keep up with the fast and constantly changing working environment, unfortunately, left us. And it took me much time and efforts to compile a strong team. Now we are a team of six. We’ll need more team members when we start porting the GUI to different platforms and making adaptations, along with carefully nurturing Iguana features. Together, we discovered major blockers and successfully eliminated them. Since mid-September, we’ve focused on building the app features. To meet the deadline, which was bound to KOMODO ICO start date, the team performed a fantastic job. We eliminated some planned secondary functionality for version 0.1 and delivered the basic wallet on time and working. Since then, we’ve been doing even a greater job and making progress, which you can see in our daily commits to the repo. The new team is adamant and enthusiastic about this project. We share the same vision and see the final goal clearly. We are friendly and supportive of each other. We are not just delivering another piece of software for cryptocurrencies market. We want it to be the best one.
What do we have now?The purpose of the Iguana App is to provide an average user with a perfectly-crafted, secure, and reliable tool that delivers the benefits of using cryptocurrencies and new economic developments. Though the app will have some functions for advanced users like developers, our primary target audience is the average non-expert. That’s why we pay so much attention to the UX and UI aspects of the project. We’ve already been receiving compliments on it from the community and colleagues. Later on, I’ll tell you how we went about creating a better UX solution. Initially, our goal was to make the GUI compatible only with Iguana. Later, we realized that first, we needed to provide a basic altcoin wallet. Now, basic functions like sending/receiving are implemented. The app is functioning. Because one still has to install daemons and tweak the server configuration, we still haven’t met all of the requirements to serve non-expert users.
What is next?I’m very excited about the recent Supernet project – KOMODO and its ICO (ending November 13th 20th). Together with a KOMODO representative, we agreed on that date as our next deadline for a release. After the decision to make the 0.1 version just altcoins daemons compatible, we fully stopped any activity on Iguana compatibility. Just after the release we switched back, and now we have it coded and being debugged. Trying to meet the deadline we made create wallet\login flow a bit clumsy, by next release we polish it to allow both Iguana and Non-Iguana wallets. We have a short-term plan and are working on a full product roadmap. Right now, I have about two dozen future features documented or sketched. So, for the next few months, we are going to add new essential wallet features and port them to all possible platforms so users can have native clients. Now, the development process has become more clear, predictable and faster. We don’t experience heavy blockers any longer, and can totally focus on coding. Regarding finances, we want to provide our stakeholders, investors, or anyone with transparent charts of our development velocity and progress.
ConclusionEven though it was exciting for me, we’ve had some tough times during the last four or five months. I gained a lot of knowledge, and I upgraded my professional skills. During the process, we faced different issues and solved them by finding interesting and unique solutions while having a great time. That is one of the reasons I started the Iguana Updates blog so that I could share the details with you. I see exciting times ahead, and I want to share them with others. If you are interested in Iguana project or cryptocurrency technologies, you are welcome to join on this blog or our public channels in slack.
Service Announcement: Changes are coming for the next SuperNET Lite multiwallet 3.1 to be released in June. Syscoin will join the supported coins, while Opalcoin phases out due to no development or support activity. So, besides other news about usability that will be posted in the upcoming weeks, SuperNET Lite 3.1 will support BTC, BTCD, DASH, DOGE, INFX, LTC, NXT, SYS and VRC. Important note for anyone holding superOPAL: Please withdraw your OPAL to an external address before the end of May. The gateway for OPAL will be closed in June.
SuperNET-Lite is a html based wallet for virtual currencies. You can use Nxt, Bitcoin, Litecoin, DASH, Dogecoin and other currencies with your wallet. You can store and use your coins easily. The Wallet is a nodejs based Wallet, coming with executable for Windows, Linux and Mac.
Nxt (NXT), Bitcoin (BTC), BitcoinDark (BTCD), Dash (DASH), Dogecoin (DOGE), Influx (INFX), Litecoin (LTC), Opalcoin (OPAL) and Vericoin (VRC)
Digital Catallaxy has released the first SuperNET and NXT Annual Report. A good read for everyone interested in NXT & SuperNET.
To download the PDF visit http://www.digitalcatallaxy.com/report2015.html
- Vision & Plans
- 108 pages
- Charts and Graphs
- Dividends in 2015
- Latest Updates
The report is an easy read for even those new to digital currencies while still providing in-depth information about the platform and its parts. We hope you have a good reading experience and gain some valuable info along the way.
Table of contents:
From Printing Press to Digital Property
Where are we heading
The world does not rest on one man’s shoulders
A Chance of A Lifetime
How Things Get Done
Our Support Grid
Blockchain as a Public Good
Nxt and the Law
Importance of Financial Privacy
The Middleware of Blockchains
SuperNET Core Coins
Business-to-Business Service Provision
SuperNET Dividend Flows
- we’re making good progress on the iguana tech based application development, including instantdex. More on that soon in another post.
- The friendly folks at bitco.in made a sub-forum for iguana-tech. You will find discussions on how to improve bitcoin with the help of iguana tech and a lot of in-depth information from James. To follow James’ posts on nxtforum and bitcointalk you can visit jl777posts.blogspot.com.
- We work on a day-1-to-real-time slack chat archive. Right now the gui is pretty simple and there are no logs for the last few days but the latter should be fixed within a week. Protip: For unlimited slack logs (including DMs & private groups) get a paid account at irccloud.com and use it to connect to Slack via the IRC-Gateway.
Crypto is complicated and this complexity (and volatility) is exposed all the way to the end users. This prevents crypto mass adoption. Already I have been making API where you can specify a function and the coin, so I will continue to expand this and put more and more functionality into this. Now for some API calls, only one coin would even have that function possible, so at first maybe it would seem redundant, but by having a layer in between, if another coin adds such functions, then with no code changes, the applications coded to the SN api will simply work with the new coin.
A recent core change by the NXT dev team has led to the discovery of an issue concerning the need for a clear API deprecation policy strategy. NXT, as an innovative and dynamic cryptocurrency 2.0 platform, is the basis for many SuperNET elements. While technological advancements, code improvements and upgrades, are an exciting part of this industry’s evolutionary process, the practical and commercial realities of such rapid change must be matched by the continued support and reliability of API operations for existing applications.