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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.

Current Proposal

Source: Tezos Agora

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

This proposal will be followed by an additional proposal in several months that will include support for features on the Dalphanet test network including Sapling, baking accounts, and more.

Metrics

Development activity

Gitlab metrics + from Coinlib.io

For detailed GitLab developer activity click here.

Financial dynamics

The information is taken from TzStats

Also see the amazing Tezos Explorer by Baking Bad team — TzKT.

Social activity

Social media activity
Social media dynamics
Social media dynamics

Tezos community continues to grow. There is a constant increase in the number of subscribers of Tezos social media channels.

Ecosystem Updates

News

[Key financials]

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:

  1. Indie Dev of the Month
  2. Memenator
  3. Troll Hunter and/or FUD Fighter
  4. Good Samaritan
  5. Curiosity Award
  6. Genius Award
  7. OG Award
  8. TACO Award
  9. Social Maven
  10. Helpers & Sherpas
  11. Governance Gurkas
  12. Stack Exchange Rangers
  13. Agora Anglers
  14. Flock & Feathers
  15. Give a Go
  16. 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.

Events

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:

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