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Stellar Dev Digest: Issue #73

The Story of 2020, Stellar Quest Season 2 is underway, and how SatoshiPay leverages Stellar’s DEX.

Hey everyone! Welcome to another issue of the Stellar Dev Digest, a weekly recap of all things related to the development of the Stellar Network.

What is Stellar? Stellar is a platform that connects banks, payment systems, and people. Integrate to move money quickly, reliably, and at almost no cost.

News & Posts of the Week

Before we get started: Happy New Year! 🎆 I hope everyone had a much needed break before the start of 2021 and wish you all the best going into the new year. Back to the newsletter.

  • 2020 was a landmark year for Stellar and SDF. Just before the Holidays SDF’s CEO, Denelle Dixon, shared The Story of 2020 which covers all the highlights. — Read it here.
  • Stellar Quest continued to chug along during the Holidays! Challenges #4, #5, and #6 went live since the last newsletter and Challenge #7 goes live today. Make sure to catch up and collect those sweet badges. — Test your Stellar skills here.
  • Two weeks ago, SatoshiPay released a blog post detailing how they utilize Stellar’s DEX within their DTransfer payment service. It covers the basics and intricacies of the Stellar DEX and is worth a read for anyone building on Stellar. — Find it here.

Application of the Week

This week I’m featuring the Stellar Community Fund!

A bit of time has past since I last mentioned it, so I want to remind everyone that you have 14 days to get your projects submitted to the SCF Seed Fund. The Seed fund is seeking to support early-stage Stellar development of long-term utilities for the ecosystem and viable, for-profit, businesses building products and services for the world.

So far there are 20 submissions in the pool and the competition is heating up. Remember: Of the initial entries, only 3–5 are chosen by a nomination panel of SDF and community members — so bring your A game!

You can find more details regarding submission requirements and this round’s timeline here.

Releases and Updates

Horizon v2.0.0 Beta was released on Dec. 21!


This release has Captive Stellar-Core mode enabled by default. Captive mode relaxes Horizon’s operational requirements. It allows running Horizon without a fully fledged Core instance and, most importantly, without a Core database. More information about this new mode can be found in the Captive Core doc.

Note: This version may contain bugs. If you run into issues please check Known Issues or report an issue. Please ask questions in Keybase or Stack Exchange.

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Active Discussions

💬 The past couple of weeks have been quiet because of the holidays. Luckily Sam Conner has continued pushing out content!

On Dec. 31, Sam was joined by Tyler van der Hoeven to discuss Season 2 of Stellar Quest. Listen here.

On Jan. 2, Sam was joined by DSTOQ’s Co-Founder, Craig Mc Gregor, to discuss how they managed to bring real world stocks to the Stellar network. Listen here.

On Jan. 3, Sam was joined by DSTOQ’s Co-Founder & CTO, Christian Peters, to discuss Stellar’s newest features: Claimable Balances and Sponsored Reserves. Listen here.

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Did I Miss Something?

If you found that something from this issue is missing or inaccurate reach out to me (kolten) on Keybase and I’ll make sure to fix it 👍



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