Regards to the Stellar Community.
In this post, I’m going to introduce Lumenscan, a ledger explorer for the Stellar Network. It allows you to view and search for transactions, addresses, operations, and assets on the network.
You might think Stellar already has several explorers, like Stellar.expert and Steexp. What makes Lumenscan different?
What separates Lumenscan from other explorers is its modern UI/UX design. Our team has put a lot of effort into building Lumenscan so that you can have the best experience exploring Stellar.
Let’s compare the transaction details page of the three explorers.
Next, we get to the operation details page, which is an important part of Stellar. If you look at the other explorers, you can see that they don’t let you view full details of each operation. You may even have to view the data in JSON format, which is not something most users want to do. We all prefer working with an intuitive UI. Lumenscan lets you see all the details of an operation so that you can understand how it works. You can also search for operations by their IDs.
Now, let’s take a look at the operation details page on the three explorers.
Here, you can see an operation of the type path payment strict receive. You can’t see operation details for Steexp because it doesn’t support them.
For example, with Lumenscan you can easily view the path of an operation path payment and go to the token page by clicking on each path. This is how Lumenscan makes it easy to connect the parts of Stellar.
Each field also features a description that displays when you hover your mouse over the question mark icon. These descriptions are perfect if you’re just learning about the network.
After working with Lumenscan, you’ll see that it has many cool features. For example, other explorers don’t give you a list view of the operations in a ledger. when you put all these features together, you get a comprehensive solution that makes working with Stellar much more pleasant.
We used the Horizon API to retrieve network data, but we ran into some issues. For example, Horizon doesn’t seem to offer an API that gives an asset’s trades or its operations.
We also used Stellar.expert to build some of the features like the watchlist and assets page, since we didn’t have a lot of time before the competition. In the future, we’re going to implement our own structure with our own API.
If you want to learn more about Lumenscan, check out our proposal on Galactictalk.
I must point out that I wasn’t trying to sabotage other explorer applications. My aim was to point out the differences.
One last point to mention. If a network has well-designed tools and applications, it can accelerate growth and build its community much faster than the competitors.
Thank you for reading this post.