Introducing the first ever public steem testnet!

in steemdev •  11 months ago

Greetings fellow Steemians! Today very I'm excited to announce STX, an alternative Steem blockchain with a modest pre-mine of 1,000,000,000 STEEM.

Features:

  • 1,000,000,000 STEEM pre-mined and controlled by yours truly.
  • Anyone can create a new account funded with 100 STEEM via a simple POST request. No verification required!
  • Ephemeral blockchain! No more high memory requirements to run a full node, all data is wiped every month (or so).
  • Never misses a block! With only one witness it has blazingly fast transaction times.

Join the revolution today! – testnet.steem.vc

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Edit: Just to clarify, this is a tongue-in-cheek introduction of a developer tool, It's not a real steem blockchain! Its intended to be used for automated testing of apps and libraries.

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The dev community needs this so much, excellent job.

I'd love to see this taken to the next step as well - let's get a couple people running testnet servers and APIs, set them up as witnesses, and actually use it for development on projects. It would take a bit more coordination, maybe a reset every X months instead of 1, but not too much of a hassle.

I would hook up a copy of steemdb as an explorer and plug my development version of chainBB into it. Would prevent me from having to spam the steem blockchain wth test data!

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Thanks! That sounds great, let's do it! :)

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Do you happen to have your modified testnet source up on github anywhere?

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No, I can put it up tonight. But the patch is here in the comments if you scroll down a bit.

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yeah, I've been also looking for a steem testnet as well. can't believe no one's put one up yet after all this time - I sort of just figured I wasn't looking in the right place! lol

kudos to you for taking the initiative on it!

ps. also really like your giant door-knocker! lol

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Hehe thanks! Sorry I wasn't there to open, you should check back another time ;)

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Very nice indeed! I assumed there already was a testnet, but i guess not haha. Maybe this will motivate me more to actually start developing something. Always have lots of ideas floating around in my head.

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It's been a week, is it ready yet? :D

Have been considering some Steem app development and was totally thinking what a shame it would be to put test data in the live blockchain

I guess you need to configure everything in a slightly different way than mainnet. Could you share the sources of whole configuration?


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I really like what you doing

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Thanks! More coming :)

This test environment will be really useful for me for the next app that I prepare. It will remain open?

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Yes, feel free to use it!

Awesome, looking forward to try this out 😆

This is awesome. I have just started developing an idea for steem and didnt like that I might have to test with dummy data while developing. Thanks a lot from devs current and future!

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Thanks! I'm happy that you find it useful!

I really like what you're doing. Keep it up!

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Thanks man!

Scam alert. Sounds fishy, nothing is free.

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calm down.. this is testnet. You can also get free Bitcoins or ETH in their testnet. Looks legit.

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I'll send you 1,000,000 testnet coins if you want, no strings attached!

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what can he do with those testcoins? it's only for test. * tongue in cheek*

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Don't listen to him, thanks to those testcoins, my computer became a sentient being. The robot revolution has started.
We need

Sarah Connor

Works great. My #radiator tools work fine pointing at this blockchain. Well done.

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Awesome!

Looks promising! Thanks for sharing

Any idea if this can be used in conjunction with something else...like a game? SO like, the STEEM is used within a game interface...not an app per say but a web based game environment??

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Yes, it could be modified for that, as long as the game is slow and fits within the confines of the blockchain.

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Interesting. Where would you recommend I would look on this "world wide web" for more information on that?

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There's not gonna be a good source for everything you'd need to know in one place. What do you want to know about it? How you'd go about making a game that hooks into Steem? How Steem works? Why there would be limitations?

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Well I know what platform to use for the web based game... but my thing is I don't think I fully understand how to incorporate the two together. meaning the crypto currency and the game for example.

What can I do on there with this 100 steem?

@almost-digital unfortunately the testnet seems to be down. could you provide me information or a guide how to run my own testnet? that would be awesome!

I want to play around with steem without spamming the public network

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Works for me. No guide but my testnet branch is here https://github.com/jnordberg/steem/tree/testnet

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ok now it works again. 2 days ago when I checked it was offline. thanks for the link to your testnet-branch! :-)

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this is great, congrats to you.

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Cheers!

Super. This is what I needed so much. Thank you so much.

wait what???? hmmm....trying this so can help some of my friends and families still on a waiting list. Can't say I didn't try.

Anyone can create a new account funded with 100 STEEM via a simple POST request. No verification required!

and then you said this.

Edit: Just to clarify, this is a tongue-in-cheek introduction of a developer tool, It's not a real steem blockchain! Its intended to be used for automated testing of apps and libraries.

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lol! Sorry to get your hopes up

Congrats for the idea and the implementation!

That's great, it looks so promising. I am sure we can join hands and support to create it to be much more than we imagine it to be...

just a heads up, I think your certificate expired on the testnet!

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Thanks, didn't reload nginx after I updated the old one, should serve the new one now. Cheers

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btw, have you thought about setting up a steemconnect2 testnet to your testnet as well?

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I haven't until now :) that's something worth exploring

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I got it mostly working, if you do decide to add it, let me know if you get stuck anywhere as I may have already figured that part out. for example, make sure you change the line in checkEncryption() from steemconnect/node_modules/steem/lib/auth/memo.js to:

var pubkey = 'STX8m5UgaFAAYQRuaNejYdS8FVLVp9Ss3K1qAVk5de6F8s3HnVbvA';

(note the STX versus STM)

Very good work. Thank you.
I have been also working on some tests with a testnet with a different public key.
Just a question, how did you generated this new public key? What would be the best way to generate? Did you use a simple secret password as the own testnet in steem is working?

#ifdef IS_TEST_NET
#define STEEMIT_INIT_PRIVATE_KEY (fc::ecc::private_key::regenerate(fc::sha256::hash(std::string("init_key"))))
#define STEEMIT_INIT_PUBLIC_KEY_STR (std::string( steemit::protocol::public_key_type(STEEMIT_INIT_PRIVATE_KEY.get_public_key()) ))
#define STEEMIT_CHAIN_ID (fc::sha256::hash("testnet"))

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Yep, you can generate it with cli_wallet as well but make sure to build it with the correct address prefix first

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what do you mean with correct address prefix first?

great job

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Thanks!

This sounds nice

I have zero idea of what this does and why i would need it. But it sounds like you are excited about it. So props! :)

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Heh, guess not many people here also hang out on bitcointalk :) I updated the post to clarify it's just a developer tool

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Roger that! I understand you're excited but you've been releasing some cool stuff so i get excited for tools especially when they are steemit related! :)

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for example.. if you would like to test a website, which would help create accounts on Steem, without Steemit, then... without testnet you need spent a lot of resources, and waste some accounts names.

Thanks to testnet developers will be able to do that for free, without wasting resources of the main network.

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that's cool. i like that, so basically a sandbox of sorts.

what is this fore?

Is there any visual interface test net or just accessible via API?

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I have a condenser instance running that you can use https://condenser.steem.vc

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Oh wow, perfect! Thanks!

So,

I got really annoyed today and still am a little pissed /-:

I have 2 questions for the community here:

  1. How can I track Steemdollar on the Blockchain, can one even do that ?!
  2. How long does it take for steemdollars to transact?!

I was trying to track my transaction on the steemdollar blockchain and I couldn't.
But from the sending point the transaction is completed so it should be on the blockchain somewhere...

Tried both explorers provided by coinmarketcap.com and tried googling it - no result.

https://steemdb.com/

https://steemd.com/

found another link that I can't find now, but anyways no clue if one can track anything with it , I couldn't..

Then I tried to check the account by using the transaction code tx.. - no success.

Please help!

Thank you (-: