The road to Genesis, the protocol upgrade which will see Bitcoin returned as closely as possible to its original protocol and vision, will require plenty of little contributions from everyone in the community. Following Steve Shadders’ call to action for all app developers, Unwriter has answered the call.
In a recent Twitter announcement, Unwriter has announced Datapay has been updated to support “safe” mode, the new OP_RETURN standard capable of handling the Genesis upgrade.
Officially releasing a new update for Datapay, now supporting "safe" mode.
1. Backwards compatible
2. Future proof
— _unwriter (@_unwriter) August 5, 2019
As Unwriter notes, this solves “the ‘WRITE’ side of the equation.” With the upgrade, Datapay is now both future proof, and ready for the February 2020 Genesis upgrade, but also backwards compatible, capable of continuing to work with apps that are not yet configured for the protocol change.
He also goes on to explain what other developers need to do to get on board, linking to a past thread that explains the new code and why it’s superior.
That thread is very similar to Shadders’ own call to action, which revealed the need for all app developers to upgrade their OP_RETURN code. He made that call in late July, outlining the exact code that apps would need to implement to keep their program running when February, 2020 arrives. While the code change is fairly simple, it’s an important one to keep applications running when Genesis arrives.
Unwriter wasn’t the first to take up the call to upgrade though. Money Button made the same upgraded to safe on-chain date earlier in August. When making the change, the wallet’s blog celebrated the potential gains in efficiency users and miners could experience from the changes impact.
That marks one of the biggest BSV wallets and one of the BSV communities’ biggest developers taking up Shadders call to action. Shadders made that call with many months to go before change was absolutely required, but the sooner every developer adapts their application to be futureproof, the sooner the community can move on to the next pressing task as Bitcoin moves back to Genesis.