~2018.07.30

~2018.7.30 Update

Here's a short update from the team at Tlon for the week of ~2018.7.30:

The Keys team worked more this past week on specifying and implementing the plan to get the Urbit constitution on the Ethereum blockchain. Anthony ~poldec-tonteg and Morgan ~hidrel-fabtel have nearly completed updating the specification for Wallet. Will ~hadrud-lodsef and Keaton ~tonlur-sarret have a better idea of how to create a smooth experience for current address-space holders to generate their Ethereum keys and get them to us to put in the contract. Mark ~palfun-foslup and Travis ~rigdyn-sondur spent the week implementing more crypto jets (code: urbit/argon2), and Mark is also working on an argon2 WebAssembly library (code: urbit/argon2-wasm), which will help us generate private keys during onboarding. Robert ~lodleb-ritrul is now working with us to write user documentation for all of the processes that will be part of our key generation and management applications. We can't wait for Urbit ownership to be cryptographically real.

The Infrastructure team spent the week making the Urbit computer more beautiful. Curtis ~sorreg-namtyv worked more on Hoon improvements and started work on the Tlon-official Hoon style guide. Ted ~rovnys-ricfer and Elliot ~littel-ponnys completed several Ford Turbo design changes and got all their tests passing again, now working on completing caching implementation and Eyre integration (code here, technical updates here). Joe ~master-morzod got full HTTPS support working on the testnet! Ted also wrote up a new UP on his thoughts on Urbit parallelism. Check that out here.

The Interface team worked more on Landscape, our application to allow better communication and collaboration. Galen ~ravmel-ropdyl, Gavin ~ridlur-figbud, and Jimmy ~haptyl-wanwes continued their iterative design revision feedback process, and Landscape is looking good. Chris ~sigtus-hossyn and Logan ~tacryt-socryp continued implementing the latest desktop/mobile features to get the product ready to ship, as well as extending support for the latest backend Landscape API's that Isaac ~davtyr-nimren has been improving. Urbit is becoming more usable by the day.

Last but not least, the Documentation team continued doing ~zod's work helping teach Urbit to the world. Josh ~taglux-nidsep extended his new Hoon docs to cover Hoon cores, an introduction to the Hoon standard library, and a couple of Hoon examples with very detailed walkthrough commentary (drafts here). And Robert ~lodleb-ritrul extended the current Hoon-standard-library documentation on random atom generation and atom scrambling, as well as the Hoon cores for computing modular and signed-integer arithmetic (urbit/docs pull requests here). Very soon you'll actually be able to understand how Urbit works.

Also: we'll be hosting another party this month on Friday, August 17th. Save the date! Link: meetup.com: Urbit IRL ~2018.8

Okay! Have a great week.

~tonlur-sarret and ~poldec-tonteg


Photo credit: Studio Olafur Eliasson