I started development of web3j back in September 2016, with the initial release coinciding with Devcon2 in Shanghai.
The community of the library has gone from strength to strength, but it’s always been a difficult balancing act continuing to develop the library without any direct support for it. The funding from the ECF is significant in that it enables us to put a full-time resource on the library.
As such we’re now in the position where we’re getting all of the backend infrastructure together to support very streamlined release processes with regular release cadence. We’ll also be able to start clearing the backlog of pull requests and issues, before commencing on some brand new web3j initiatives!
We’re pleased to announce that snapshot builds are now available if you need functionality that has been merged to the library but hasn’t yet been released. For instance, to use the web3j 4.0 snapshot, simply add the following to your Gradle build file: