It's been a wild year, and certainly one that will go down in history for
Having been a part of the Incentivised Testnet (ITN) from day one, I have to admit I'm pleasantly surprised at just how good the Haskell Node is proving to be. We are days away from the D parameter transition, and overall the node and the network look very healthy. I'm extremely impressed the team at IOG have pulled this off. I was definitely sceptical a month or two ago when the deadline for Shelley was looming and we still hadn't received a version that demonstrated any Shelley functionality whatsoever! Fast forward to today and we have it all (with some exceptions), and it runs extremely stable to boot.
Don't get me wrong, the ITN holds a fond place in my heart, and I still run all my nodes on it today, but I still remember the sleepless nights nursing the node back to health. In it's defence that was a symptom of its design, it was meant to be a trailblazer to test many different things, so bugs and hiccups were inevitable. But colour me impressed, and grateful that 'Result::unwrap()', time travelling blocks and frequent forks are behind us 🍻.