Thanksgiving with NEAR | November 29th, 2019

November 29, 2019

If you are celebrating Thanksgiving, we hope that you have an amazing time. Our team has taken the holiday off but there is always time for a community update. So here it is – Enjoy!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we want to give a shout out to our community i.e. to You! We are building NEAR with a large ecosystem of developers, users, and supporters. Without your feedback, support and contribution, we would not have been able to move at this pace.

Our warriors are still going strong on Stake Wars. Fun fact, someone launched a phishing attack (stay sharp and don’t get fooled). You can read more on last week’s retrospective here. Note that we are publishing a retrospective every week on our blog.

Consistency is key! We are working hard on providing more educational material on NEAR Protocol. Continuing, the fourth NEAR Lunch and Learn Episode is out and focuses on Nightshade. Alex covers block production, approvals, separation of transactions into chunks, data availability, and finality.

Happy Thanksgiving! Photo by Randy Fath on Unsplash


  • We are heavily working on community programs and redefining the structure and goal of existing ones. Stay tuned for further updates. 
  • Anais Urlichs (i.e. me) showed off some of the developer tools available on NEAR and gave a sneak peek into some of the new documentation at LederZ’s developer meetup in Berlin.


Next up, our second Hack Night! We had a lot of fun welcoming community members in our office in San Francisco. This Wednesday is the second edition. Not only are we able to provide 1-to-1 support and answer dev questions but the feedback also allows us to improve NEAR developer tools and the documentation. 

If you are unable to come, we would still love to hear from you! Your feedback will help us shape the developer experience on NEAR.

Anais showing off the Docs


Answer to “What gets you excited about the crypto space?” by Sasha


178 PRs across 25 repos by 25 authors. Featured repos: nearcore, nearlib, near-shell, near-wallet, near-bindgen, assemblyscript-json, nomicon, near-fiddle-api, near-runtime-ts, near-contract-helper, borsh, stakewars and near-explorer;

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