2020 has been a trying time for us all: COVID-19 is still ravaging the world, the United States mired through one of our most contentious elections yet; basically, it’s been a rough year.
It’s not all bad though! Let’s take a look back at some positive things that came out of 2020, along with a little of what to look forward to in 2021.
This year was a busy one for Truffle, but the biggest news squeaked in just in time for the end of the year: Truffle is now a part of ConsenSys! We’re excited to collaborate with Infura, MythX, MetaMask, and more!
It was also a big year for Truffle Teams. We’ve added new features and enhanced existing ones to complete the core workflow Truffle Teams offers (I summarize this in our final Dapp Lifecycle webinar episode here). Big highlights include the release of:
Before the end of this year, we’ll be releasing the Contract Manager to Early Access, completing the workflow and allowing teams to build, deploy, monitor, and debug conveniently in one place.
Going on 2 years now, Truffle has released on a weekly basis. We’re so proud of our team for their hard work and commitment to improving the lives of other developers. We don’t have any plans to stop this cadence--full steam ahead for the Truffle train!
2020 saw great improvements to Truffle, including debugging verified contracts with
truffle debug --fetch-external (Blog), support for stacktraces in tests with
truffle test --stacktrace (Blog), and even freshly-added support for stepping through Vyper contracts!
Since the summer of 2020 saw DeFi reach a whole new level of usage, more and more people have been looking to test their code against live smart contracts on-chain. Ganache has always had its
--fork option, but thanks to members of the community, we’ve fixed more than half a dozen critical bugs that inhibited certain use cases. Forking is more reliable than ever!
2020 was a year of partnerships for Truffle, seeing us make good on the vision to become a multi-blockchain toolset.
Truffle Teams will continue to be enhanced throughout 2021, with useful additions such as:
Truffle’s been around for over 5 years now. In that time, we’ve been thinking about how smart contract systems grow and change over time. Be on the lookout for tools to better examine your contract’s deployment history, track contracts across forks, and more!
Ganache is getting a tune-up! This means faster execution of your test suites--4x faster in the case of SushiSwap’s test suite. Also lookout for ways to test pending transactions, implementation of EIP-1193, the ability to set the account nonce (
evm_setAccountNonce), and support for running Ganache in the browser. We’ll also begin publishing auto-generated API documentation so you always have a reference close at hand.
2020 didn’t see much movement in our set of frontend libraries, Drizzle. In 2021 we’ll be giving some love to the frontend in the form of easier state management, more granular tooling, and more.
As mentioned above, now that we’re a part of ConsenSys Software Inc, Truffle's going to have many opportunities to collaborate with other groups. We’d love to hear what this sparks in you! Check out our Slack group below and let us know your thoughts. Here are some links to CSI’s groups so you know what they’re about:
We want Truffle the best developer tool suite in the blockchain space for new and seasoned devs alike. Let us know what you think about our plans, or if you/your team have other needs we haven't met yet.
Continue the conversation with your fellow Trufflers in our Slack community!
Josh Quintal, Product Lead & The Whole Team at Truffle