A Taiwan based blockchain start-up has begun implementing Casper FFG in Geth, one of ethereum’s most popular client.
The Hybrid Casper FFG Proof of Stake has been in testing for months, with Parity starting its implementation recently, and now an independent developers team starting its implementation in Geth.
That may mean we might soon see a cross-clients Casper FFG testnet to make sure all is working fine as the upgrade nears final touches.
The code is currently being audited as far as we are aware, with the results expected in weeks. All thus appears to be going fine, with a block number potentially to be announced this summer.
There are continued refinements however, with one potential improvement suggested by Vitalik Buterin, ethereum’s inventor.
He has come up with Two-Speed Casper FFG to effectively speed up Casper so that it can handle a minimum stake of 32 eth.
As far as we are aware, 32 eth staking is planned for sharding, but maybe they are moving fast enough to include it even in the current testnet Casper which has a minimum stake of 1,500.
Buterin however is often cooking all sorts of things, with the chief chef often “only” communicating what other “little” chefs have come up with or are working on because ethereum is of course a pretty big team of developers. So we’ll have to wait for more detail as they flesh out the idea in due course.
On that topic of developers, we have been wanting to mention OpenZeppelin for some time. You all now know we went to solidity school and that’s where we were told about them.
As often happens once you hear of something, you keep hearing of it everywhere. That’s presumably because they are doing a good job, with one of their main-job being to provide solidity templates.
Once you go through the solidity school and get the basics of coding, you’ll then want to try it hands on because that’s the best way to learn. In other words, you’ll then want to go to OpenZeppelin which has all the building pieces to turn you into a proper solidity coder.
They’ve launched an entire OS recently, even upgradable smart contracts, with this combination of Cryptozombies tutorial to OpenZeppelin being the best pipeline to go from one has no clue about solidity to meh, might even pretend one knows what they’re doing at the ETHBerlin hackathon.
It appears quite a few are now trying Zeppelin’s Framework, with it seeing 4,000 weekly downloads (pictured), doubled from around 2,000 in November.
That suggests a lot of new ethereum developers are coming on board every week, with the ecosystem continuing to grow as the barriers to entry appear to have significantly lowered due to the very accessible tutorials and the hands on Zeppelin Framework.