Kava Labs Development Update: August 19th, 2020

Denali Marsh
Aug 19 · 3 min read
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Development Milestones

The engineering team has been very productive since the last update two weeks ago. We’ve pushed new web application features, are making steady progress towards kava-4, and another Kava grant project has completed development on a new tool to support validators. The team is bigger too — we’re excited to welcome Paul Downing as our newest software engineer.

Web App Trust Wallet Integration

Since the Kava web application was launched two weeks ago we’ve gotten great feedback and community engagement, with 500,000+ unique page views. The most common request was for expanded wallet support. We listened (and hustled) and are excited to announce support for Trust Wallet. You can now load funds to Kava, open a CDP, and earn rewards all from your Trust Wallet mobile app.

In addition to the Wallet Connect integration, we’ve been pushing daily UX improvements including new Max and Safe Max buttons for CDP deposits, withdrawals, borrowing, and repaying and an upgraded heads up display that shows before/after balances for each action.

Kava-4 ‘Gateway’ Progress

We’ve been working hard on Gateway (kava-4) release, the next iteration of the Kava blockchain that updates the BEP3 module with multi-asset support and introduces the issuance of coins on Kava by verified entities via a new issuance module. As the modules will enable the onboarding of several new assets, kava-4 is a significant step towards becoming the defacto cross-chain DeFi platform. Development, testing, and code review of the new features has been the primary blockchain initiative of the past two weeks for Kava’s Cosmos SDK developers.

We’ll be announcing more details about new features on Gateway release in the coming weeks. You can follow the progress directly (and contribute) over at kava-labs/kava, our primary GitHub repository.

Grant Program: QuickSync by Chainlayer

Kava’s grant program supports community contributions to the Kava ecosystem. Chainlayer, a Kava validator and member of the Kava Stability Committee saw the need for a quick sync tool to speed up validator sync times. They submitted the QuickSync project proposal to Kava’s grant program, got accepted, and got to building.

The result is kava.quicksync.io, a service that hosts a daily pruned snapshot and a weekly archive snapshot of the Kava blockchain along with download and set up instructions. Validators can use the tool to quickly roll out new node servers or resync chain state from the latest snapshot. As it massively simplifies and speeds up launching new nodes, QuickSync has already been well received by Kava validators. The service is public and available to anyone who wants to run a full node on Kava.

QuickSync is a great example of the Kava grant program at its best — helping community contributors create and build projects that add value for the entire Kava ecosystem. With over 1 million USD still available, we strongly encourage grant program project submissions using Kava’s grant application form.

We’re Growing! Introducing Paul Downing

Paul has an extensive background with full-stack engineering for consumer-facing products, working remotely in both of his previous roles at Granicus and TeamSnap. Kava Labs has a fully remote engineering team, so it’s crucial that each member understands the limitations and benefits of remote work and is familiar with successful remote work processes. As Kava Labs looks to continually expand and enhance our user-facing products, Paul’s expertise will prove invaluable. Welcome to the team!

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Disclaimer: This content is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. You should consult your own advisers as to those matters. References to any securities or digital assets are for illustrative purposes only, and do not constitute an investment recommendation or offer to provide investment advisory services. Furthermore, this content is not directed at nor intended for use by any investors or prospective investors, and may not under any circumstances be relied upon when making investment decisions.

Denali Marsh

Written by

Blockchain engineer @kava_labs

Kava Labs Blog

This publication features news and articles from the Kava Labs team. Kava Labs is a developer of the Kava blockchain, the first cross-blockchain DeFi platform.

Denali Marsh

Written by

Blockchain engineer @kava_labs

Kava Labs Blog

This publication features news and articles from the Kava Labs team. Kava Labs is a developer of the Kava blockchain, the first cross-blockchain DeFi platform.

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