In a bid to improve collaborative testing on private chains, blockchain security technology firm BlockSec has launched the Phalcon Fork toolkit. This new toolkit provides more control to developers and security researchers who are working on testnets, ensuring that testing, analysis, and debugging of transactions can be done more efficiently.
The Phalcon Fork allows for the forking of arbitrary transaction positions and block numbers on the Ethereum mainnet, giving users greater control over the work being done on testnets. This allows developers to easily test, analyze, and debug transactions, providing a more streamlined testing process. Additionally, Phalcon Fork provides developers with more control over block information such as Timestamp, BaseFee, and MixDigest, while also retaining services and states from the Ethereum mainnet.
One of the key features of the Phalcon Fork is the integrated faucet, which provides free fork network Ether (ETH) to execute transactions on private chains. This makes it easier for developers to test their DeFi contracts on private chains, without having to worry about transaction fees. Additionally, Phalcon Fork provides Fork RPC, a remote procedure call node that can be integrated with Ethereum Virtual Machine-compatible development frameworks such as Hardhat, Foundry, and Remix or added to MetaMask.
At present, users can only fork from the Ethereum mainnet. However, BlockSec has hinted at future support for additional blockchains such as the BNB Smart Chain and Arbitrum. This will allow developers to test their DeFi contracts on a wider range of blockchains, providing more flexibility in their testing processes.
The launch of Phalcon Fork follows the successful deployment of the Shapella hard fork on the Ethereum mainnet, which went live on April 12. This upgrade has enabled Ethereum validators to withdraw staked ETH from the Beacon Chain, resulting in a positive price action for Ether (ETH). Since April 12, Ether has gained roughly 12% and is currently sitting at $2,092 at the time of writing.
In conclusion, the Phalcon Fork provides developers and security researchers with more control over testing, analysis, and debugging of transactions on private chains forked from the Ethereum mainnet. It offers an integrated faucet for free fork network Ether (ETH) and Fork RPC for integration with Ethereum Virtual Machine-compatible development frameworks. With future support for additional blockchains on the horizon, the Phalcon Fork provides greater flexibility in the testing process for developers of DeFi contracts.