Development Activity is an oft-underrated indicator of project success, as it demonstrates the month-to-month commitment to creating a working product, continuously polishing and upgrading its features, and staying true to the long-term roadmap.
In this report, we are focusing only on ‘pure ERC-20’, i.e. those projects that are (currently) committed to developing on Ethereum, and have as of yet no working mainnet or an imminent token swap.
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).
As always, we asked all of this month’s top 10 most active ERC-20 dapps what they’ve been working on for the past month. Here’s what they told us:
“In September, the Storj Labs team was hard at work delivering new features, fixes, and functionality ahead of its production release. The platform is currently in beta and the team has been onboarding developers, partners, and other storage users to its decentralized cloud storage service.
The team released a dashboard that gives Storage Node Operators statistics on their storage nodes. They enhanced their audit process so nodes are audited and vetted in a more consistent manner, and the repair process to utilize hashes to accelerate and simplify data repair functions on the network.
The team has also been working on the removal of Kademlia from the network and replacing gRPC with dRPC, their own RPC protocol that is designed for decentralized networks. Storj added token payment capabilities so users can use STORJ tokens to purchase cloud storage services, similar to how this was done on its V2 network.
The development team is about to release a Windows installer for Windows Home storage nodes, an auto-updater, and graceful exit functionality so Storage Node Operators can easily leave the network without losing their held amount. The team will be at Devcon and Korea Blockchain Week over the next few weeks. You can watch their latest town hall for more details on their recent developments.
Recent Development Accomplishments:
- We finished implementing the initial version of the SNO Dashboard, it will be released soon, so be on the lookout for an announcement.
- We enhanced our data repair process to utilize hashes. This improvement will validate whether the pieces are correct so we can download fewer pieces from SNOs when performing repairs on the network.
- We created another auditor on the Satellite that more evenly audits storage nodes, instead of auditing them based on how much data they have. This is going to ensure nodes are vetted in a timely manner when they join the network.
- We made some enhancements on the Satellite user interface to improve our users’ experiences.“
“Aragon contributors have been working on updates to several projects including:
- Aragon 0.8 Camino, which was released in early September.
- aragonDS, the new Aragon design system that makes it fast and easy to design intuitive and consistent Aragon apps.
- aragonCLI 6.3.2, which allows users to pass an array to create new organizations.
- My First Aragon App: Voting supercharged with DAOstack’s Holographic Consensus Part 3.
- EmpowerTheDAO, a project that converts popular Ethereum contracts into native Aragon apps.
- Credao, an ETHBoston hackathon project that connects SourceCred to Aragon organizations
Anyone interested in working on these projects with us is invited to join Aragon’s vibrant open source community, apply for a job in the Aragon ecosystem, or simply stop by the Aragon Chat to introduce yourself and what you’d like to help with.”
Here are excerpts from Augur’s weekly dev reports:
“The team is pushing full steam ahead towards v2!
The team has been finishing up all the v2 implementation of the Markets, Reporting, and Disputing pages as well as cleaning up the notifications wiring.
Augur v2 will feature contextual toast notifications. The goal of notifications is to help users be more productive, informed, and engaged. Augur’s new notification system accomplishes this by delivering users relevant and actionable messages.
There are a number of UI implementations being performed; including the new notification scheme, new Disputing workflows, and finishing touches on the Trading and Account Summary pages.
On the contract side of things, v2 Multi-Collateral-Dai contracts are being deployed to the Kovan testnet.
The team is working on implementing some exciting new social features into the v2 Trading page:
- Social Sharing
In addition, the team is working on designing new onboarding workflows with various wallet providers, including Gnosis Safe, which allows users to pay gas fees with non-ETH ERC-20 tokens, amongst other benefits.”
“A slightly quieter month on the dev front from us as we’ve been attending a number of events (amongst them, our Status Offsite). Here’s what we got up to in September:
- Status V1 – Finished the removal of Realm.js by moving our database to status-go, and dropped many other dependencies. Upgraded React Native to 0.60, leading to much faster performance on Android devices.
- Keycard – Fixed a bunch of V1 Keycard usability issues and bugs.
- Embark – Finished new DApp development library (named subspace), ongoing ewasm integration, and Nim plugin. Architectural changes to be fully plugin driven.
- Nimbus – Major breakthrough during interop week: successfully building beacon chain with 6 other clients – and being in the first pair!
- Vac – Worked on data sync remote log and header spec proof of concepts and early spec drafts. Also, preliminary research for adaptive nodes.”
Here’s an excerpt from 0x’s most recent dev update:
“0x exchange v3.0
Version 3.0 of the Exchange contract has been finalized and deployed to the Kovan testnet! We’ll be making the 3.0 protocol spec available soon, so you can all start trying to break it. In the meantime, the ZEIPs make a decent provisional reference.
ZRX Staking Program
Right now, we’re busily making upgrades and improvements to the Staking contracts, that will be working in concert with the v3.0 Exchange. As this will be the inaugural launch of the staking program, our focus is on fairness, security, and correctness.
0x Mesh Updates
Mesh is rapidly evolving and shortly we’ll be dropping version 4.0.0-beta, which will allow you to run Mesh directly in your browser! This vastly reduces the barrier-to-entry and encourages even more decentralization. Our focus in the near-term will be on hardening the Mesh infrastructure for reliability and correctness, improved topic filters, and adding custom order validation. We’ll be shooting for a version 1.0 (non-beta) release near the end of the month so stay tuned!
This month we also announced the release of the new Asset Swapper Typescript package. This package makes it trivial to tap into 0x’s liquidity and smart contracts to exchange tokens from right within your app, dapp, or platform. You don’t need to worry about searching for orders, getting quotes, or preparing transaction data for your forwarding contracts — AssetSwapper will handle it all for you with minimal configuration required.”
“Sight Beta is almost live. Sight is a prediction market platform powered by conditional tokens that lets you predict the outcome of multiple events and their correlations. Sign up to receive news on the Sight Beta release here.
That’s not all! The early access version of mainnet Gnosis Safe for Teams is available. Gnosis Safe for Teams is a wallet solution designed for a group of users who want to manage their funds collectively. Sign up for early access here.
Last but not least, the Gnosis dƒusion stablecoin exchange proof-of-concept is also underway. Follow us on Twitter to keep pace with new updates.”
“This past September, Golem has been full of exciting news. After a lot of anticipation, Graphene, the project with Intel, ITL, and others, has released its first version. It is ready to try, and we are going for more in the next release. Read more here.
Moreover, we reported on the first results of our collaboration with Hoard, building the Code Compiler powered by Golem Unlimited. It is very much a work in progress, but it works – however it’s far from being production ready or stable. More here.
Now, what we’re most excited about: we are headed to DEVCON5 in Osaka. We have planned a spectacular workshop: to give you a hint, we will be teaching the attendants to build app on gWASM and compute in a private (LIVE) LAN network we will create with Golem Unlimited. This will all be done in the spot, LAN cables included, it’s going to be quite a show – you can build a wide variety of apps and compute things such as ZK-Snarks or FHE.
We hope the community can join us at DEVCON5 on October 8th, at 9am – it’s really early so make sure to be on time!
For October, we are as usual preparing a release, and a couple more things, but you’ll have to wait. In the meantime, come learn how to use WASM to compute and build an application, and how to connect via Golem Unlimited to create a secure and trusted network for heavy computations!”
8. POA Network
“A lot has been happening recently on the POA Network development front. We are busy with our integration of POSDAO consensus and HoneyBadgerBFT into the xDai Stable chain. As mentioned before, this is it will be the first DPoS-based consensus implemented in Ethereum, and includes some innovative ideas like multichain staking! You can read more about POSDAO in our whitepaper and read about our plans for the xDai Stable chain here.
In regards to our interoperability (bridge) protocol, we have released our AMB (Arbitrary Messaging Bridge) recently, which amongst its many features, allowess ERC677 tokens to move seamlessly between EVM based networks. We have created a tutorial on what’s needed to create a cross-chain application between networks right here.
While POSDAO, BlockScout and TokenBridge are some of our most active developed repos, the POA team is very actively working on improving the infrastructure, to help DApps deployed on POA Core, which now include Audius, currently the largest user of POA Network.”
“We had a busy and productive month at the MESG Foundation with the release of MESG Orchestrator. Plus, our team made some significant developments on the upcoming MESG Network. Here are some of the highlights:
- Finalized and released a new product to orchestrate services called MESG Orchestrator. To prepare for this, we updated the MESG Engine with v0.14 and v0.15, plus we released two new versions of both the MESG CLI and the mesg-js library.
- Migrated our current Marketplace onto our own MESG Network and continued work on the test net, which is set to release soon. As part of this, we updated MESG services to be fully compatible with Cosmos/Tendermint
- As part of the OmiseGO Developer Program (ODP), we’ve updated our Plasma Guard application by integrating the OmiseGO native watcher into the Plasma Watcher MESG service, plus we converted the Plasma Guard application to a simple MESG orchestration.
- Updated our ATD Dashboard to use our newly-built mesg-components, then released an entirely-new interactive ATD website to track our Algorithmic Token Distribution in realtime.
- We’ve been preparing for our booth with OmiseGO at Devcon. Be sure to stop by on the afternoon of October 8th to say hello! Plus, you’ll be able to check out how we’re making plasma more secure and trustless with Plasma Guard.”
“September will go down as one of our busiest months since inception.
Game Jam 2019 was the highlight with thousands of digital designers, artists and developers flooding in for two weeks of intensive online creation. Prior to the event, Decentraland held a series of bootcamp sessions in Malaysia and China and online via our Twitch channel. Attendees learned the nuts and bolts of our SDK and key aspects of decentralized gaming. We also launched our first-ever YouTube tutorial series, featuring over 20 informative videos.
Coinciding with Game Jam was the release of a number of major updates, the highlights of which included:
- Custom Asset Packs: enabling Builder users to upload their very own 3D assets and put their personal stamp on Decentraland;
- Ray casting: a particularly useful tool for developers of shooter games;
- Global click events and support for primary and secondary buttons;
- The addition of several new NFTs to our list of supported tokens for picture frames; and
- an in-world Avatar editor, allowing Decentralanders to customize their look on the go
With the dust yet to settle from a frantic Q3, we’re already headlong into our final quarter for 2019, with 500 new users each day invited to our Beta and many big updates and announcements just around the corner. Stay tuned and we’ll see you in the Metaverse!”