Telegram, an encrypted instant messaging service has officially released a test client for its Telegram Open Network (TON).
The newly introduced files available for download is a distribution of a preliminary version of the TON Blockchain Network Lite Client along with the relevant portions of the TON Blockchain Library, according to the readme information file.
A GitHub user seemingly uploaded a version of the client on On May 25th. According to the readme file on GitHub, the client if configured properly — connected to a full node for the TON blockchain testnet and sent some queries to it.
Apart from the Lite Client itself, users can also install a configuration file for smart contract development, which connects the lite client to a special server. Users can therefore start creating new smart contracts, audit the state of existing smart contracts, send external messages to smart contracts, among other options. Users can also deploy Fift to compile and debug smart contracts locally.
Fift is a new programming language for TON that was released last week. The language is specifically designed for developing and managing TON blockchain smart contracts, and interacting with the TON Virtual Machine.