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Cardano "stronger, better," says developer who warned of bug

Developers resolved the bugs stemming from the latest Cardano Node updates, and the community is close to testing Vasil in a new testnet.

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Cardano "stronger, better than ever," says developer who warned of bug. (Pic by QuoteInspector)

In Short

  • Bugs in the latest version of Cardano Node fixed.

  • The developer alerted about the bug said that Cardano is now "better than ever."

  • If all goes well, Vasil will be deployed on the mainnet later this month.

Issues related to Cardano's long-awaited update, Vasil, are being overcome as players in the Cardano ecosystem join forces to move forward. Cardano developer Adam Dean, who last week alerted to some problems on the testnet for the upcoming Vasil hard fork, recently shared a message on Twitter saying that Cardano update tests were now looking "better than ever" after the efforts to "build together."

The comment came after the developer and community influencer noted that the Cardano testnet was "catastrophically broken" due to a bug in Node version 1.35.2. Input Output (IOG), the development company behind Cardano, released a new version (Cardano Node 1.35.3) shortly after users discovered the bugs. However, despite claims that the node had been repeatedly tested and was ready for deployment, some found that both versions could not synchronize with the main network.

Dean and Andrew Westberg, another respected figure in the Cardano ecosystem, expressed their concerns and asked the community to conduct further testing of the 1.35.3 release before the forking event.

Both developers criticized the upgrade process, warning that it was too early for the release and that Stake Pool Operators (SPOs) urged to upgrade despite alleged bugs and insufficient testing. They pointed out that IOG and its founder, Charles Hoskinson, were on "different pages" about the process.

Cardano's critical problems solved

Since then, however, Dean and Westberg's sentiment seems to have changed as IOG and community members banded together for more testing. As CryptoGlobe gathers, the community was successfully testing the mixed-node environment on a new test network identified as "Mixed" or "YoloNet."

The tests ensured that nodes running 1.34.1, 1.35.2, and 1.35.3 could coexist and that any bugs in 1.35.2 would not propagate, recreating themselves on the main network. Dean and others confirmed on Twitter that Cardano nodes 1.34.1 and 1.35.3 have been normalized and are working per Smart Contracts.

"The fix to the issues noted above in v.135.3 was successful and confirmed by other SPOs," Westberg wrote. Plutus developer and Cardano Logic pool operator @AncientKraken confirmed this in a tweet.

"I correctly reproduced the bug that was in 1.35.2 that caused problems for the testnet on the SPO development network at this time. It looks like 1.34.1 and 1.35.3 are behaving as expected regarding Smart Contract usage. Everything is looking good."

Many other Cardano SPOs that have used the test network has reported that all is in order with the nodes, suggesting that it could soon make way for the rollout of the anticipated Vasil fork on the main network.

Vasil could arrive as soon as this month

Hoskinson, who had earlier called Dean and Westberg's claims alarmist, also took to Twitter to share some thoughts on recent developments. The Cardano leader hinted that he regretted the proliferation of pessimistic headlines about the upgrade and agreed on the importance of a more collaborative approach.

He also confirmed that soon they'd publish an extensive post-mortem of Vasil and where network development currently stands. "I'm not going anywhere, and this is still my biggest passion," the founder added.

The bug fix indicates that Cardano's mainnet could soon see the arrival of Vasil. This long-awaited upgrade will be introduced via a hard fork and will increase the scaling capabilities of the network.

Touted as one of Cardano's most important upgrades, Vasil will enable the move into the new "Basho" era, described as a stage of "optimization, improved scalability and network interoperability."

According to CryptoGlobe, a hard fork test event on the testnet, called Vasil hard fork combinator (HCF), is expected to occur this Monday, as 75% of stake pool nodes on the mainnet move to version 1.35.3. According to that source, there is a good chance that Vasil will be available on the Cardano mainnet before the end of the month.

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