Soon… | NEAR Update: June 14, 2019

June 14, 2019

We’re extremely close to getting our new consensus, Nightshade, deployed to TestNet! Over the last two weeks we’ve been merging big blocks of it into master branches repos that will be affected. Bear with us during the transition, there will be breaking changes. You can now send money in the wallet, as well as see and manage authorized applications. In addition, you can deploy contracts in Rust to our TestNet. Co-founder Illia has been traveling through China for talks and demos with the Web3 Foundation.


  • We want everybody to be able to take part in building the decentralized web with us. So we’re sponsoring a Twitter pitch competition for the next 6 days to give away a free ticket to DWeb Camp. Check out the tweet above for how to enter.
  • Illia is in China! He has been presenting alongside Polkadot, Chainsafe, Edgeware and others in Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing about NEAR, usability and sharding.

  • We’ve partnered with the Web3 Foundation to host regular Twitter chats on topics relevant to the crypto community. Our first chat was on usability; the second on blockchain gaming. Tweet at us (@NEARProtocol) if you’d like to suggest a topic!

Upcoming events:

  • Alex is giving a talk on usability and scalability at IBM’s Blockchain Developer Summit on June 21 at Galvanize, San Francisco. Tickets available here.
  • Max is giving a talk on using Rust to build smart contracts at RustLab in Florence, Italy on June 29. Tickets available here.
  • Jess, Peter and Vlad will be running a Crypto-Prototyping Series at DWeb Camp, south of San Francisco (July 18-21). It will be a multi-day immersive experience for the decentralized web community run by the Internet Archive. Tickets available here.
  • Alex will be talking at the Web3 Summit in Berlin (August 21-25). Tickets available here.


We’re happy to release the two videos from the blockchain gaming panel and the DeFi panel we recorded in New York. We’ve also got a new whiteboard session with Monica from Kadena, and a new series we’re launching called Fireside Chats. These are going to cover war stories from blockchain founders, starting with blockchain gaming. Lastly, we released another article on avalanche. Links below!




We’ve had 58 PRs across 9 repos and 10 authors in the last two weeks. Featured repos: nearcore, nearlib, near-shell, and near-wallet. Don’t forget, it’s all open source.

Overall, a lot of progress in the app layer and merged Nightshade into master.

Application Layer

  • Wallet
    • Authorized apps management
    • Various UI fixes
    • Display proper username in profile
    • Send money fixes
    • Account recovery fixes
    • Fix login redirect (when recovering account / setting up new)
  • Nearlib
    • Setup CI for Nightshade integration
    • Refactored to TypeScript with relevant updates for Nightshade and cleaner and extensible API.
    • Support adding keys to accounts
  • AssemblyScript/bindings
    • Merge with latest upstream
  • AssemblyScript JSON
    • Update to work with latest upstream
    • Use as-pect for tests
  • Studio
    • Wait properly for compiler loading
    • Basic end-to-end tests for studio workflow (running on CI)
  • Rust Smart Contracts
  • Near CLI
    • Command syntax improvements
    • Attach tokens to calls
    • Send tokens
    • View account



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