June proved to be one of the most active months so far in terms of development in the Neo ecosystem. Hackathon participants strived to complete their projects as the Neo Frontier Launchpad’s development phase draws to a close, while developer community members remained close by to lend their support and guidance.
Meanwhile, in these final stages between N3 RC3 and the official N3 release, Neo’s core developers are working hard to optimize the code. Here, at the core protocol level, the benefits of the ongoing hackathon can already be witnessed. Several improvements completed in June can trace their origins to hackathon participant feedback, such as changes in the Oracle module and various bug fixes.
Much of the remaining work in the Neo codebase is to do with optimization and bug fixes, but the core developers also continue to add useful new features and make other changes intended to improve developer experience. A notable example from last month was the implementation of a built-in random number generator powered by a verifiable random function (VRF).
Neo’s developer communities remained in step with the core throughout June. Several communities released their first RC3-compatible tools, and others produced further updates and refinements to the infrastructure already made available for developers.
Despite the time spent assisting with the hackathon by hosting workshops and providing developer support, teams still made time to bring new features to the network. Notable examples detailed below include a new WalletConnect SDK, a TypeScript node and compiler, and new full stack dApp examples.
Preparations are now underway for what is intended to be the final 3.0.0 release and its corresponding TestNet. Once sufficiently tested and proven to be stable, the runway will be clear for the official Neo N3 MainNet launch.