- Parity Technologies releases Alpha code of Zebra, the first third party Zcash client
- Zcash Foundation is, however, tasked with the duty of developing and maintaining Zebra
In a press release this Monday, Parity Technologies, a core blockchain infrastructure company announced the Alpha release of Zebra as the first alternative to Zcash client written entirely in the Rust programming language. Parity has also handed over Zebra to the Zcash Foundation for further development and maintenance.
Zcash foundation takes over development
Per the announcement, Parity has released the Alpha code of Zebra, as the first alternative to the Zcash client which wholly uses the Rust language. Zebra’s codebase has also been handed over to Zcash Foundation’s Github repo who will develop it into a full-featured client.
Zebra is an open source software that is licensed under GPL v3.0. It was derived from Parity Bitcoin which brought about its fast-paced development shortly after the announcement of the partnership between Parity and the foundation.
Features of Zebra
The new client will provide a new means for users, developers, and miners to interact with the ecosystem. Developers, for instance, will be able to quickly detect implementation-specific bugs which could potentially cause consensus-related issues.
Zebra will also help to attract a larger audience of developers who can make contributions in a language they know. Rust developers will be able to start hacking and making contributions to the project.
The initial implementation of Zebra was completed two months earlier than expected and it was developed as a collaboration between Parity Technologies who used its experience in building blockchain clients and the foundation who employed its cryptography and zero-knowledge proofs.
As a result, it enabled both teams to acquire new knowledge and skills while developing a multi-client ecosystem for the community.
While commenting on Zebra’s launch, Fredrik Harryson, Parity Technologies CTO said its team had gained insight and expertise into what is required to build a Zcash client and it also laid the foundation for a Polkadot bridge in the future.
Similarly, the foundation has been able to quickly begin a client implementation which has led to the creation of a useful and competitive alternative to zcashd. Harryson also said:
“Zcash can now boast a more diversified community that can effectively tailor experiences for Layer 2 developers as well as end-users.”
Blockchain Reporter informed on February 22, of Zcash’s rebranding to Electric Coin in a bid to reduce the confusion between the Zcash company, Zerocoin Electric Coin Company, LLC, the Zcash cryptocurrency (ZEC), and the Zcash Foundation.