With a phenomenal Devcon4 just behind us, now feels like the perfect time to highlight those projects that shined the brightest throughout last month – at least on GitHub.
Over the course of October, these DAPPs invested more coding manpower than any other currently active ERC-20 project. You can check out the latest GitHub ‘power rankings’ on SANbase by selecting Assets -> ERC 20, and filtering by Dev Activity (30d).
(Quick note: æternity and Holo are being built on their own blockchains, but are still considered ERC20, currently using Ethereum as a platform for their tokens.)
If you’re wondering why the projects’ dev activity matters, I highly suggest checking out our recent post on the topic.
Still, these are just numbers – what do they mean? What was actually done? Are these projects shipping new features, polishing their product, or making slight tweaks in their code?
We reached out to the Top 10 projects and asked – here’s what they had to say:
[Status is an open source mobile DApp browser and messenger built for Ethereum]
Since the last month update from Status we’ve been heads down in planning and execution for our #cryptolife Hackathon which happened these last few weeks in Prague right before Devcon!
The Hackathon has seen a flurry of updates at teams within Status:
Our hardware wallet (credit card form factor) javacard is being finalized and audited, embark has released version 4.0, desktop status client has made multiple improvements, 9.30 was released on Status’ mobile which included ENS usernames support for whisper contact codes, extensions alpha, and much more!
2. POA Network
[POA Network is an Ethereum-based platform that offers an open-source framework for smart contracts]
Last month, we released the first version of BlockScout. BlockScout represents the next generation of block explorers, letting users view detailed information on blocks, balances, transactions, and token transfers both in the past and in real-time through an intuitive interface. The first ever open-source blockchain explorer features seven networks with some examples including POA Core, Ethereum Mainnet, and Ethereum Classic. Keep an eye out as additional networks and other unique functionality will be launching on BlockScout in the upcoming weeks.
We partnered with MakerDAO to launch xDai Chain, an Ethereum-based blockchain that uses a stable coin, xDAI, as the native coin of the network. xDai Chain is a fast and cost-efficient blockchain that utilizes a proof of authority consensus model to validates blocks in 5-second intervals. By teaming up with MakerDAO, we’ll be able to offer DApp developers a unique and alternative blockchain network solution that resolves many of the pain points that exist today. We’re excited to see promising solutions already being built on xDai Chain!
We’ve just announced a partnership with Compound and ConsenSys which will allow the three of us to work together on Mana! Mana is an open-source Ethereum blockchain built using Elixir due to its high-volume scalability and fault tolerance. Unlike majority of the active nodes on the Ethereum blockchain, Mana will provide an open-source alternative to the Ethereum protocols as described in its yellow paper. By collaborating on the Mana client together, we aim to provide developers a unique and alternative solution.
[æternity is a scalable blockchain platform that enables high-speed transacting, purely-functional smart contracts, and decentralized oracles]
The æternity‘s dev team is completely immersed in Mainnet launch preparations. In October they managed to significantly optimize the VM, improved state channel performance, and introduced IDNA 2008 support for the integrated Naming System. They also integrated repay protection and focused on fine-tuning gas fees, including those for using the integrated oracles. A large chunk of their efforts is now dedicated to fixing the few remaining bugs, running extensive load and performance tests, and various optimizations.
Mainnet launch is just around the corner and we plan to start the first Phase of the token migration process very soon. The entire team thrilled about Mainnet launch and we know that the community is too. Super exciting times are ahead of us 🙂
[Po.et is a decentralized protocol for content ownership, discovery and monetization in media]
Here’s an excerpt from Po.et’s most recent Engineering Progress Report:
The Po.et engineering team is beginning to transition from feature building to testing and debugging. We’re putting the finishing touches on the mainnet release. It’s an exciting time for us. We’ll soon be able to share what we’ve been working on behind the scenes for the last several months.
Here are some of the team’s accomplishments during the mainnet build:
- Implemented claim batching so we can scale to handle enterprise claim creation workloads.
- Redesigned how claims are structured and signed to improve reliability and ensure that your claims will continue to work correctly long into the future.
- Fixed a lot of bugs — specifically, some foreign language content resulted in broken claims. Those claims should work correctly in the mainnet release.
- Conducted an internal security review inspecting every aspect of the Po.et system for vulnerabilities.
- Strengthened our infrastructure and deployment automation.
- Made critical improvements to code quality and the process we use to monitor and ensure code quality on the Po.et project.
[Holo is building a decentralized hosting ecosystem powered by Holochain, a platform infrastructure technology for distributed peer-to-peer applications]
We have been hard at work on the Holochain Rust Refactor and core functionality set, dramatically simplifying app development, releasing the Rust HDK, testing powerful macros, improving code development experience, focusing on spec driven development and introducing a modular framework.
[Hydro Protocol is a next-gen network transport layer protocol for hybrid decentralized exchanges]
Our team is focused on improving the underlying structure of decentralized ecosystems, starting with decentralized exchange. The current top three high pri projects for our Hydro team right now are:
- The Hydro Swap: 1-click trading widget now has over 25 different markets, with buy and sell capabilities. We’re upgrading the widget to 0x version 2.0 settlement currently.
- Large scale design overhauls to the flagship hydro exchange: ddex.io. Tons of new features, including a referral system, redesigned balances, and a new market selector. Most of these features are now live.
- We just launched a mobile-native decentralized exchange app for iOS and Android. The next version of the app is slated to be released in the next 2 weeks, adding a bunch of nice QOL improvements. More on the app here.
[Golem is creating a decentralized sharing economy of computing power]
[RChain is building a fully-decentralized, open-source communications and storage utility that maintains state by utilizing proof of stake]
We share our latest development updates during our Community Debrief every Wednesday, which are stored here. Recently, we’ve launched RNode v0.7.1, which relies on our unique language, Rholang—this video explains the calculus that it’s based on. Rholang is behind our first dApp, RSong, which is currently available on our test net. RSong developer Kayvan Kazeminejad recently talked about the tech behind this project at the MIT Open Legal Hackathon in Cambridge.
We also just held our Board of Directors elections, which this year was conducted entirely on-chain by two of our portfolio companies, Netvote and Govurn. Beyond all of these developmental projects, we’re working on platform cooperative governance concerns in preparation for main net release in Q1 2019.
[Aragon lets anyone create and manage a decentralized organization on Ethereum, and create global, bureaucracy-free companies and communities]
Aragon 0.6 is live on Mainnet. Decentralized organizations just got real.
Using Aragon 0.6, named Alba, you can now create Aragon organizations on the Ethereum Mainnet. This is a new era for human collaboration. New kinds of organizations that we haven’t even dreamed of before can now be created.
[Storj provides private and secure decentralized cloud object storage]
Here’s an excerpt from Storj’s latest development update:
If you haven’t heard yet, we’ve released the Storj V3 white paper! We hope that the white paper will bring more clarity about what we are building and how it works. Most of our time has been dedicated to writing and publishing the white paper during the last several weeks, but here are a few additional things we were able to accomplish:
Recent development accomplishments:
- We finished the initial implementation of the data repair component. This component is responsible for re-creating pieces of files on the network so that file durability is maintained.
- We enhanced how we handle a cancel upload command via the AWS CLI so that the pieces that had previously been uploaded to the nodes get deleted.
- We added the ability for the Uplink to retrieve bandwidth allocation checks from the Satellite before interacting with the storage nodes. If an Uplink tries to interact with a storage node without a bandwidth allocation check, the node rejects the Uplink’s commands because it’s not guaranteed to get paid.
- We created a read-only FUSE (Filesystem in Userspace) bindings for the Storj Network.
Which of these projects do you think bear most potential? Which project update are you most excited about? Join in on the discussion over at our Discourse!