IOHK, the development team behind Cardano, has published its latest monthly update, confirming that Shelley Testnet deployment has been pushed back for a further month.
The news, whilst not unexpected for many, has led some to voice their frustrations at the latest push-back on arguably the core element of the entire Cardano project roadmap.
“How on earth are they going to release a testnet before 2019?” one user on Reddit complained, in reference to the original target of a Q2/Q3 2018 roll-out.
“There will be delays”
The Cardano development philosophy has largely centred around a strong emphasis on rigorous and comprehensive planning for an all-encompassing enterprise-grade blockchain platform. The project markets itself as “the first blockchain project to be developed from a scientific philosophy, and the only one to be designed and built by a global team of leading academics and engineers.”
It is, however, a philosophy that sits uncomfortably with the expectations of many within the ADA community who had been hoping for more substantial concrete developments over the course of 2018.
“This project is about building a comprehensive blockchain + smart contract platform that simply doesn’t exist yet – and this project is right up there as the one that will be first to achieve that. There are going to be delays,” another user added.
The latest update, however, appears to be otherwise reassuring for Cardano’s most faithful followers. The announcement includes details on the release of a new ADA Chrome-based wallet; the hiring of Florian Bohnert, a Forbes 30-under-30 listee, as its new Chief Marketing Officer; and includes some further news of Cardano CEO Charles Hoskinson’s latest “brand-building” trip in Mongolia.