Each month, we shine a spotlight on the 10 ERC-20 projects with the highest-recorded developer activity for the past 30 days. (as calculated by Santiment).
You can check out the latest dev activity ‘power rankings’ for all ERC-20 assets on SANbase, by filtering the ERC-20 projects by Dev Activity (30d).
We asked March’s top 10 most active ERC-20 dapps what they’ve been working on for the past month. Here’s what they told us:
(editor’s note: there are several projects on this list, like æternity and Holo, that are being developed on their own blockchains, but still currently use Ethereum as a platform for their tokens.)
In large, we’ve been working on the following 3 areas since the end of the Chinese New Year holidays (mid Feb):
- Refactoring / reorganizing codes
- To make the codes more maintainable and sustainable in the long run
- To improve unit test coverage
- Optimizing separate blockchain modules for greater performance
- Crosschain interaction functionalities (aelf is a unique blockchain platform that utilizes network of sidechains, a.k.a. multichain as the fundamental design)
- DPoS node functions, voting, mining and incentive algorithms
- Adopting grpc standard for contract definition
Over the last 30 days, Status has been focused on delivering the latest release – version 0.11.0.
This release includes a restructured navigation adding a great improvement to general UX and DApp browsing along with preparations for Chaos Unicorn Day on April 1st – our 24 hour shut down of our cluster and centralized services to test how attack resistant we really are.
The team is making great strides on the SNT Utility features. The Status Sticker Market and Tribute to Talk are preparing for third party audits. Network Incentivization, Status Teller Network, and additional features in the Sticker Market are all in the works.
All of these features are defined and outlined in our GitHub.
- We developed atomic swap capability between ZCash and Ethereum with a successful cross-chain swap executed between DAI/ZEC on Ethereum/ZCash Testnet and Mainnet.
- Hyperdrive (our Tendermint based consensus) used for coordination of Darknodes and facilitation of zero-knowledge storage for RenVM (our virtual machine for multi-party computations) is now running on our internal Ren Devnet
- ECDSA key-pair generation and signing is running on our internal Ren Devnet. This is a big step forward for interoperable swapping between blockchains without trust or centralisation.
In March, the æternity core development team successfully performed the first scheduled upgrade of the æternity protocol. The Minerva hard fork took place on March 7 and transferred all AE tokens (ERC20 -> Mainnet) migrated between November 25, 2018 and February 15, 2019. No issues were identified during and post fork activation.
The core dev team also announced the features and improvements that will become available after the next scheduled protocol upgrade (Fortuna). Those include:
- Significant improvements to the VM, enhancing smart contract usability and efficiency;
- Introducing generalized accounts, a superset of Schnorr signatures;
- Virtual state channels, which enable off-chain opening of state channels between peers;
- Stratum support in the æternity node;
- Better transaction monitoring;
- On-chain governance and first community vote (to be announced).
The Fortuna fork will take place on May 28, 2019, with the second Phase of token migration (ongoing) scheduled to end on May 7, 2019.
In March, the category structure of æternity’s Forum was updated to better accommodate all development updates and improve community interactions. The æpp development Product category now includes all application development-related updates, resources and information about public dev calls.
The Documentation Hub was launched, enabling easy access for developers to information about æternity’s protocol, node, SDKs, Middleware, APIs and guides.
Here is our March update:
- Shipped Constant Banking Services which help people in high-inflation countries like Venezuela to save in US dollars instead of unstable local currencies. They can also transfer to anyone in the world, for free, and withdraw into cash with a click of the button.
- Shipped Constant Lending Services which help people borrow USD and secure their loans with BTC or ETH at the lowest rate on the market (2% APR!).
- Initially, Constant is built on top of Ethereum, but the long term plan is for Constant to run on its own chain, with some unique features like Privacy Transaction (through zero-knowledge proof). Constant will be the first privacy stablecoin, which makes Constant behave just like cash. Our team will ship the Constant Chain Testnet in early May. Here is the Constant Chain Github repo if you want to browse our source code.
During the past month, we have improved & re-opened our Testnet, introduced Delegates, launched staking & voting, welcomed on-board a few new partners, and have been preparing for the upcoming Mainnet Alpha release.
Shortly, we will start the Mainnet Rehearsal with our Delegates (March 27) in order to prepare them for the real-life scenarios & securely bootstrap the network, depending on how it goes, Mainnet will be launched in 2-3 weeks. Please take a look at the recent Project Updates blog, that highlights our work in more detail https://goo.gl/su3xWn
Here’s what we’ve been up to over the past month:
- We made many user experience enhancements to the Satellite web app, which is where users who would like to store data on the network will go to register for an account on a Satellite. This web app will launch in conjunction with the Vanguard release.
- We enhanced the storage node software to keep all bandwidth allocation agreements for 90 days. This will allow SNOs to cross-reference, check their payments, and resend the agreements if needed.
- We added the ability to calculate the amount of storage space, bandwidth, and objects a client is using per bucket. During the Vanguard release, we will not be charging clients uploading data to the network, within certain limits. However, we will generate invoices for our clients based on this information so that they can see how much they would have been charged for the services utilized by the network during the billing period.
- We added file uploads with TTLs (time to live) so that files can be automatically deleted after the specified time period, if a TTL is utilized.
- We made some major architectural changes to a few of the components in our system which fixed a handful of bugs. This change was necessary to create a simple RPC service which will standardize the Satellites’ behaviors with the rest of the system.
- We fixed a bug with our identity tool to prevent users from accidentally using their auth tokens but not being able to write the signature to the directory.
- We enhanced the storage node piece upload process so uplinks are now hashing the data and sending the hash to the storage node. This ensures the storage node cannot be cheated because the storage node will know the hash of the data and will recreate the hash to make sure it’s storing the right data.
- We made changes to the Satellite GUI to improve the user experience and functionality.
You can always find the recent development accomplishments in our Development Update series, which is issued by our product management team and comes out every two weeks. These dev updates essentially match our two-week sprint efforts. You can also check our public roadmap and product management notebook, which has a few more specifics.
Key Accomplishment: Holo Closed Alpha Testnet Release.
Accomplishments and Progress in March:
- Introducing Holo Closed Alpha Testnet
With the release of our Closed Alpha Testnet, we are instantiating key components and applications required for an end-to-end test of distributed Holochain apps accessible via Internet web browsers. This is something that has never been done before, using innovations in technology that have not been previously attempted.
More info can be found here.
- Our primary focus right now is preparing Holochain for the needs of Holo Closed Alpha.
Holochain is Dependency Zero for all hApps, including the three hApps that will form the foundation of Holo Hosting.
More info can be found here.
- Progress & Planning — Closed Alpha and the future HoloFuel Ecosystem
We’re rolling out functionality in successive ‘waves,’ inviting more people to get involved with each wave. This lets us grow in a sustainable way — every wave will come with its own set of issues to resolve, and we need to make sure our dev and support teams can handle them effectively.
More info can be found here.
- Holo Hosting OS ready for HoloPorts, DIY Hosts, Networking Infrastructure, and Integrated Layers of the Holo Network
We’re proud to say that our efforts, combined with a lot of help from the open-source community, resulted in a global first. Nobody had ever been able to get nixOS running on the Banana Pi!
More info can be found here.
We haven’t been able to get a response from the Kin Foundation about their latest development efforts. Here’s an excerpt from Kin’s recent medium post:
“In November, we announced that we are moving Kin off the Ethereum blockchain and going all in on the Kin Blockchain. This includes the creation of a new Kin coin that is native to the Kin Blockchain. Migrating all Kin to the Kin Blockchain allows us to eliminate the complexities of having two Kin tokens, while achieving the scale, speed, and flexibility required to become the most used cryptocurrency in the world.
Over the past few months, we’ve strengthened our infrastructure to prepare for this migration, moved existing apps onto the Kin Blockchain, and worked with exchanges, wallets and swap services to prepare for a smooth migration.“
The 0x Core Team has been heads down developing on a few different fronts. Here are some recent updates.
- Jason, our strategic legal counsel, released a Legal Wiki for projects just getting started on 0x, and also released a response to the CFTC about Ethereum and 0x.
- The 0x Core Team developed three extension contracts that enable projects to offer new forms of crypto trading to their users. We have deployed a Forwarder Contract, Dutch Auction Contract, and have templates for a Whitelist Contract. We plan on creating additional extension contracts to meet developers’ exchange needs.
- ZEIP-23, or the MultiAssetProxy, was voted on and passed by ZRX token holders, enabling the trading of arbitrary bundles of ERC-20 and ERC-721 assets via the 0x protocol
- We announced our new global 0x meetup program. Any meetup organizer whose event meets all of the qualification requirements below can apply for an awesome swag box that will have goodies for them, as well as for their meetup attendees.
- Remco released a blog post outlining how we are working to evolve the 0x tech stack to scale decentralized exchange via zero-knowledge proofs. Research done between 0x and StarkWare shows that STARKs proofs can be verified on Ethereum today without requiring any changes to the protocol. We are currently working on a proof-of-concept implementation to demonstrate the performance on testnet. Stay tuned!
- We introduced a new peer-to-peer communication network called 0x Mesh that will massively reduce the effort required to tap into the 0x networked liquidity pool and the technical work associated with maintaining a compliant endpoint.
- We added a few new hires to the 0x team this month, including Daniel Pyrathon (growth engineer) and Lawrence Forman (protocol engineer).
Thank you once again to all projects for sharing their dev updates with us. Here’s to another month of BUIDLing!