Blockchain 3.0 To Be More Developer Friendly

It’s often noted that blockchain technology is set to disrupt a variety of industries (from banking to law to music). Unfortunately, its ability to do so will be somewhat limited if current technical constraints remain in place.  Developers seeking to make the most of the technology frequently find their best ideas laid to rest because of scalability and/or coding restrictions. What are the current language limitations that blockchain developers must contend with? Listed below is a brief synopsis and a look at Blockchain 3.0.

Blockchain 1.0: C++ Constraints

Created to conduct financial transactions, Bitcoin Core is written primarily in C++. Employed for the sake of security and control, the C++ programming language is thoroughly consistent in its application. As such, all block transactions are treated equally and the likelihood of coding errors is kept to a minimum. Moreover, C++ restricts memory usage from being mis-allocated, a feature deemed critical in any security-minded system like Bitcoin. Finally, a language like C++ helps optimize network performance, allowing for the quick creation and validation of blocks. Aside from enabling quick transactions, this quick validation of blocks also ensures that mining opportunities are equitably distributed (given that longer validation times favor larger miners).

Although the C++ is immensely suitable for Bitcoin, its immensely difficult to master. As one programmer has noted, “...consider that you’ll need a long time to learn C++ reasonably well enough to handle it safely for something like Bitcoin Core. Say usually five to ten years of solid programming experience.” More than a few developers agree on Reddit that “C++’s modern standardizations have turned it into a big and difficult language to learn”. Accordingly, confusion about standardization and protocol rules has somewhat hampered third-party implementations of Bitcoin (generally limited to payment processing applications). One Bitcoin developer even asserted “I can do C++, and do it well, but there are very few projects where it actually makes sense.” Alternatively, some developers write simple JavaScript programs that run in a console and that can interact with Bitcoin Core (like web apps).

Blockchain 2.0: Stuck With Solidity

The advent of Ethereum has been only slightly more favorable to developers, as they are able to interact with the Ethereum network using C++, Go, Python, and Java. However, writing smart contracts requires learning Solidity, a high-level language created with C++, Python, and JavaScript. Why a new language? An article in TechCrunch explains,

“Because this contract is no more than a software program and gets executed on a stranger’s computer, it had to be made sure that the programmer cannot exploit the stranger’s computer or the whole network. To fix the problem, Ethereum came up with its native programming language — Solidity. Although the language is Turing-complete, which means any program can be written in it, there’s still a steep learning curve — and the developer community is in its infancy.”

Once Solidity is mastered, a variety of tools exist to create DApps. Unfortunately, developers have found the storage and processing costs for creating DApps to be somewhat expensive. Moreover, a highly popular DApp called CryptoKitties recently disrupted the smart contracts platform with network congestion. Developers took note and observers wondered if DApps might not be appropriate for Ethereum.

Blockchain 3.0: Finally Code-Agnostic

In contrast to such limitations, the XTRABYTES development team is creating an infinitely scalable and code-agnostic platform. Third-party developers wishing to extend XTRABYTES core and its functionality have the capacity to create modules in whatever language they choose. Limited only by imagination, developers can create modules dedicated to decentralized storage, instant messaging, decentralized exchanges, or any other conceivable application. As the non-technical XTRABYTES whitepaper makes clear:

“The XTRABYTES core, along with the DICOM API, allows programmers the freedom to create their own modules using many different popular programming languages ranging from Visual Basic, Java, to C++ and many others. The opportunity for developers to create agnostic coded modules makes the XTRABYTES platform not only extremely flexible, but also allows the creation of modules by third party developers of any programming ability.”

The DICOM API referenced above enables external modules to connect to the XTRABYTES core and is designed to be remarkably user-friendly. Consequently, all single programming language barriers and overly complicated user guides are removed.  Not to be forgotten, developers also have the capacity to create DApps in any programming language as well. This is the promise of Blockchain 3.0. 

Easter is a story told,

How is this achieved? The capacity to achieve such remarkable versatility can be attributed to XTRABYTES STATIC nodes network and Proof-of-Signature consensus method. Together, they ensure that security and speed considerations do not impede on a developer’s creativity.

About John Potter

Copy Manager for XTRABYTES' Marketing Department since October 2017 (and XBY hodler since June 2017). John's earned degrees include an MBA, MA , and MLIS. Connect with him on Twitter or LinkedIn via [email protected]