Beta version of our new JavaScript library, IOTA.JS out now

Research & Development Aug 17, 2018

We have been hard at work for the past couple of months, making some significant changes to the JavaScript library. The goal was to make the library easier to maintain and make the codebase more developer-friendly. So that not only us, but anyone from our community can easily make changes and add new code.  

Now, we are happy to release a beta version of the new JavaScript library, which will be released as version 1.0.0-beta. See the release page for more information.  

The new version of our JavaScript library, now just iota.js, is a complete rewrite in Typescript. Everything has been refactored into modules and is being released under the @iota scope in npm. Make sure you try it yourself and give us feedback. For example on the #javascript channel on our Discord.  

We’re also making the last release of the original iota.lib.js (now at version 0.5.0) with some significant changes. All new development will now be taking place in the new TypeScript library, only important bug fixes will be made in iota.lib.js.  

Our next goal is to progress the development of iota.jsfrom 1.0.0-beta to 1.0.0.With that, we’d also like to invite our community to help with the development. We believe that making changes to the codebase is now easier than ever.  

Some of the improvements we want to achieve for 1.0.0:

  • Persistent storage interface and caching
  • Implementation of a lighter HTTP API using flat buffers
  • Performance improvements by utilizing native code from the Entangled C client

And much more!

Make sure you join the discussion on #javascript on Discord.  

Major thanks to Chris Dukakis for all the effort he has put into this project and to our community for all the input along the way!  

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Jakub Cech

Director of Engineering @IOTA Foundation