The Tezos Post #1
Biweekly update 23rd September — 7th October
The Tezos Post is a biweekly digest of updates that happened within the Tezos ecosystem curated by Citadel.one team. We have collected all important metrics, news and events for you to stay tuned with Tezos world.
The Delphi proposal, a joint effort from Nomadic Labs, Metastate, and Gabriel Alfour, is an interim protocol proposal focused on performance and gas improvements in order to help individuals developing smart contracts on Tezos.
Delphi’s changes include optimizations to the amount of computation per unit of gas:
- Gas costs for all instructions have been recomputed
- The cost model for IOs has been updated
- The typechecking system has an entirely new cost model
- The base gas cost of manager operations has been reduced from 10,000 to 1,000 units of gas
For detailed GitLab developer activity click here.
Tezos community continues to grow. There is a constant increase in the number of subscribers of Tezos social media channels.
- Bitcoin Suisse announced that their Bitcoin Suisse Vault now supports the FA1.2 and FA2 token standards for Tezos.
- Cryptonomic announced Harpoon, a staking dashboard that allows users to find high quality bakers to delegate to.
- Developers Keefer Taylor and Luke Youngblood announced that they have open sourced two libraries for working with Tezos keys stored in Amazon Web Service’s Key Management System
- Metastate published a website that provides an overview of the technical evolution of Tezos from betanet to the present.
- Nomadic Labs and Sword Group launched Tezos DigiSign, an open source solution to digitally sign, store and verify documents on Tezos.
- Tezos Commons released episode 10 of TezTalks Radio, featuring a discussion on Harbinger, stablecoins on Tezos, NFTs, Protocol 007, and more.
- TQ Tezos hosted a Tezos Town Hall moderated by Jacob Arluck as part of its TQuorum virtual event series.
- Baking Bad published its third article on Tezos explorer API best practices.
- GoTezos released an update on the progress of its software library for Q3.
- Kaiko announced that its data is now available for use on Tezos to power DeFi applications.
- SimpleStaking released its latest blog post, “Improving the security and speed at which the TezEdge node calls the Tezos protocol.”
- Tezos Commons released episode 12 of TezTalks Radio featuring Andrew Paulicek from Tezos Domains.
- Tezos Commons published issue #27 of The Baking Sheet, their community newsletter.
- Tezos Commons released its Tezos community update for the month of October.
Developers on Tezos have increasingly been adopting and testing smart contracts based on the token standards FA1.2 (TZIP-7) and FA2 (TZIP-12). As more contracts are deployed, the importance of indexing and discoverability has increased as wallet integrators look for scalable ways to support tokens and contracts generally. In this post, they briefly introduce TZIP-16: a standard for accessing contract metadata in JSON format in on-chain storage or off-chain using IPFS or HTTP(S).
The French city of Verneuil-sur-Seine is voting on a road planning project using the Tezos blockchain. Voters will be making their decisions via Avosvotes, a Tezos blockchain-based application. When voting on the proposal, individuals’ identities are verified manually, and the proof of any particular vote comes in the form of a certificate stored on the Tezos blockchain. The voting period lasts between October 1 and October 8.
Check a dive into Spruce Systems and the work being done to bring decentralized identity (“DID”) solutions to the Tezos ecosystem. A Decentralized Identifier (DID) is a global identifier that references any subject and said subject can prove control over a DID without requiring the permission of any party. Learn more in the article.
Tezos Foundation highlighted the global footprint of Tezos this week, holding a Q&A with Tezos West Africa’s Nelly Chatue to discuss what she is working on, how she got involved with Tezos, and the perception of Tezos and blockchain in West Africa.
TF team caught up with Tezos India’s Om Malviya this week to discuss their work, the Tezos India fellowship program, and the growth of Tezos in the region.
Dexter is a non-custodial decentralized exchange. Specifically, it is a constant product automated market maker, similar to Uniswap. As of launch, tzBTC and USDtz are the two FA1.2 tokens available to trade on Dexter. The smart contracts have been deployed here for tzBTC and here for USDtz. Staker DAO’s BLND token is expected to be available on Tezos in a few months.
For this short tutorial, they will extend the multi-asset contract by adding a “mint” function to create new tokens (the FA2 standard doesn’t describe a unique way of creating tokens, this is left to the developers’ discretion). This is in general the kind of thing you want to do when you implement a token yourself.
Tezos Foundation, TQ Tezos, and Tezos Commons announced that we would be rolling out a new community rewards program. With funding from the Tezos Foundation, we will be able to reward community members that go above and beyond to benefit the entire ecosystem. The total reward pool will start at roughly 5,000 XTZ monthly and be split among winners in a number of categories:
- Indie Dev of the Month
- Troll Hunter and/or FUD Fighter
- Good Samaritan
- Curiosity Award
- Genius Award
- OG Award
- TACO Award
- Social Maven
- Helpers & Sherpas
- Governance Gurkas
- Stack Exchange Rangers
- Agora Anglers
- Flock & Feathers
- Give a Go
- Humble Coder Abode
This release features Ledger Nano support and much more than that. Also, Thanos Wallet has passed a security audit done by LeastAuthority — no critical issues were found, which means the wallet is secure and reliable.
Check the all-encompassing recap for Tezos community activities.
- October 9, 2020 — TezTalks Radio #11 — Gabriel Alfour on protocol update
- October 14, 2020 — Conversation with Tim Draper
- October 15, 2020 — TezTalks Live #13 — Blockchain-EZ on Digisign
- October 16, 2020 — AMA with Claude Barde on Telegram
- October 26, 2020 — TezTalks Radio #12 — Ecosystem Update
- October 29, 2020 — TezTalks Live #14 — Tezos India
The Tezos Foundation is committed to supporting organizations that contribute to the growth of the Tezos community and ecosystem. They are especially interested in supporting regional organizations and university-based groups focused on Tezos and the larger blockchain ecosystem. Check out some of the community organizations that compose the Tezos ecosystem:
- Tezos Commons Foundation: Website, Twitter
- Tezos Korea: Website, Twitter
- Tezos Montreal: Website, Twitter
- Tezos OCaml Michelson Institute: Website, Twitter
- Tezos Detroit: Twitter
- MyTezosBaker: Website, Twitter
- Tezos Ukraine: Website, Twitter
- Tezos Luxembourg: Website, Twitter
- Tezos Turkey: Twitter, Telegram
- Tezos Geneva: Twitter, Meetup
- Tezos Rio: Website, Twitter
Learn about key operational entities
- Nomadic Labs: Website, Twitter
- Tocqueville Group (“TQ”): Website, Twitter, Wiki
- Tezos Japan Foundation: Website, Twitter
- Tezos Korea Foundation: Website, Twitter
- Tezos Southeast Asia Association: Website, Twitter