Telegram, an encrypted messaging service used by millions globally, has officially released a test client for TON, Telegram Open Network, according to details posted on test.ton.org.
‘A Simplified Stable Version’
The files posted are available for download. They include a basic version of TON Blockchain Network Lite Client and also important portions from TON Blockchain Library, according to test.ton.org. It has been further stated that the archive posted is not necessarily a representative of complete TON Blockchain code which has been developed so far:
“. . .it is a simplified stable version, containing only those files that are necessary for compiling the Lite Client, and sometimes outdated versions of these files sufficient for this purpose.”
Reportedly, on 25 May, a Github user uploaded the first version of the TON light client. The readme information file on Github claimed that if configured rightly, the client was capable of connecting to a complete node for the TON blockchain testnet; while also sending queries to it.
Other than the Lite Client, the users can also install a configuration file for smart contract development. This file will connect the lite client to a special server. This will enable users to:
“create new smart contracts, examine the state of existing smart contracts, send external messages to smart contracts, and so on.”
The readme text further stated that the users can also use Fift, in case they have compiled it, in order to ‘compile, execute and debug their smart contracts locally.’
Fift is a new programming language developed for Telegram Open Network. Released last week, this programming language has especially been designed for developing and managing TON’s smart contracts. The language also enables interaction with the TON Virtual Machine. Earlier this year in April, Telegram had successfully launched private testing for TON network.
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