~2018.9.11 Update

~poldec-tonteg

I've gone short on words and long on links for this update, since sometimes the code speaks for itself.

After much gnashing of teeth and abuse of git, we now have a release candidate branch (NB run with the correct vere branch). This branch brings together, for the first time, a few long-running lines of development. %ford-turbo, our new and improved reactive build system, totally replaces %old-ford on this branch (take a look at those comments!). Proud papa Joe ~master-morzod hard work on HTTPS proxying is baked right in (meaning that ship.urbit.org is graduating from novelty to utility). %jael now actually holds your secrets and is being used to boot ships. Curtis' ~sorreg-namtyv swansong as the auteur behind hoon is now included (a crispy new styleguide is also in the works). Various niceties related to our new web ui are in here (au revoir old Fora and Webtalk), as well as an actually existing test framework and all kinds of crypto goodies. This release candidate will get the testnet treatment for a little while, while we confirm that it's good enough for you, dear Martian.

Much of the Infrastructure team is living the life of the fireman: making chili with your friends interspersed with someone yelling at you to put out a fire. Except, instead of making chili, Ted ~rovnys-ricfer is redesigning the Ford Rune language (why should ~sorreg-namtyv get all the fun?) and Elliot ~littel-ponnys is bringing %eyre into the new Millenium. Mark ~palfun-foslup and Joe ~master-morzod, though, continue in their quest to make Ethereum safe for Martians and Ben continues his grueling (for some value of gruel) pair programming regime with Curtis ~sorreg-namtyv.

Chris ~sigtus-hossyn, Isaac ~davtyr-nimren, Jimmy ~fallyn-balfus and Logan ~tacryt-socryp continue refining our new web UI, Landscape. Fonts have been argued over, tables overturned over line heights. But it will all be worth it in the end.

The Keys crew (Will ~hadrud-lodsef, Morgan ~hidrel-fabtel and Gavin ~ridlur-figbud) are forming like Voltron to get our address space ported over and make sure that we can generate our HD wallets in a secure, usable way. They are joined by the newest edition to Tlon: Jared ~nidsut-tomdun. Jared is down south New Zealand way, bringing Tlon ever closer to our goal of %amesing over the entire globe. Say |hi!

Next year on Mars!