Each month, we shine a spotlight on the 10 ERC-20 projects with the highest-recorded developer activity for the past 30 days, as calculated by Santiment.
Development Activity is an oft-underrated indicator of project success, as it demonstrates the month-to-month commitment to creating a working product, continuously polishing and upgrading its features, and staying true to the long-term roadmap.
In this report, we are focusing only on ‘pure ERC-20’, i.e. those projects that are (currently) committed to developing on Ethereum, and have as of yet no working mainnet or an imminent token swap.
You can check out the latest dev activity ‘power rankings’ for all ERC-20 assets on SANbase, by filtering ERC-20 projects by Dev Activity (30d).
(Top 10 ERC-20 projects by dev activity in August (Source: SANbase))
As always, we asked all of this month’s top 10 most active ERC-20 dapps what they’ve been working on for the past month. Here’s what they told us:
Storj provides private and secure decentralized cloud object storage
(Storj’s development activity for the month of August (Source: SANbase))
“This month, the team at Storj Labs reached beta for its V3 network and its Tardigrade cloud storage service. Storj has been hard at work making performance improvements to meet its launch gates for its beta and production releases. In addition to adding in different features and capabilities for each release, the launch gates combine to layout the needed performance levels to compete with legacy, centralized cloud storage solutions.
The new V3 network is already shaping up to be on par with AWS in terms of performance and the Storj team is confident they can continue to make enhancements. They have also been building out the functionality for 3rd party (non-Storj operated) Satellite metadata regions to communicate with storage nodes on the network. The team has also been working on a dashboard for its storage node operators, which is about ready for release. The team made many optimizations to various parts of the network to accelerate performance, added additional audit functionality, and garbage collection.”
Status is an open source mobile Dapp browser and messenger built for Ethereum
(Status’ development activity for the month of August (Source: SANbase))
“Status’ August has been busy preparing for code freeze and the pending launch of V1 – it’s so close we can almost touch it! We’ve also done lots of cool things across the Status Network. Here are the highlights:
- Status V1: Multi-account is now implemented in develop. We’re working through an issue with the newly required 64 bit version for Android to ensure that future releases will be Play Store approved. Because of this, we’re blocked from releasing our next full beta as planned and are preparing hot fix v0.13.2 for iOS, to notify users in-app of breaking changes coming with v1.
- Keycard: We’ve completed the integration of Keycard with Status this month and are now polishing the user experience ready for v1 release. We’ve made further progress on our Swift SDK, and are spending research time on integration of Keycard with payment networks.
- Embark: Released Embark 4.1 with a lot of bug fixes and improvements. Working on version 5.0 with lots of improvements. ongoing work on new upcoming library for dapp developers.
- Nimbus: Recipients of grant extensions from EF and Protocol Labs, for development of Nim and native Nim-based libp2p implementation. We’ve co-authored with Sigma Prime and Protocol Labs a networking specification for Ethereum 2.0. Preparing for the interop retreat in Canada where teams will create a long running testnet between the various clients. Making strides in a Nim-based smart contract language, Nimplay (shout out Jacques of Vyper fame).
- Vac: Ongoing research for Data Sync Clients and Remote Log to improve data sync and messaging. R&D important to our future protocol stack: Nym for mixnets, Swarm for decentralized file storage, Ultralight beam for MANETs and many others. Finally, we’ve been improving the state of specs for Status before v1 is launched.”
Aragon lets people create and manage a decentralized organization on Ethereum, and create global, bureaucracy-free companies and communities
(Aragon’s development activity for the month of August (Source: SANbase))
“Aragon contributors had great time hacking on new projects at the ETHBerlin 2019 hackathon; you can see the projects worked on here. Contributors have also been working on major updates to several existing projects including:
- Aragon 0.8, which is due for final release any day now; check out the latest build on Aragon’s nightly release site.
- aragonCLI 6.2.5, which introduces a new `dao id assign` command and support for Aragon Agent 2.0.0-rc.1.
- aragonUI 1.0.0-alpha.20, an alpha release of the brand new aragonUI.
- -y First Aragon App: Voting supercharged with DAOstack’s Holographic Consensus Part 1 and Part 2.
- Apiary Explorer, a new explorer for Aragon organizations by 1Hive.
- Aragon Wiki redesign.
Anyone interested in working on these projects with us is invited to join Aragon’s vibrant open source community, apply for a job in the Aragon ecosystem, or simply stop by the Aragon Chat to introduce yourself and what you’d like to help with.”
4. POA Network
POA Network is an Ethereum-based platform that offers an open-source framework for smart contracts
(POA’s development activity for the month of August (Source: SANbase))
“A lot has been happening recently on the POA Network development front. We are busy with our integration of POSDAO consensus and HoneyBadgerBFT into the xDai Stable chain. As mentioned before, this is it will be the first DPoS-based consensus implemented in Ethereum, and includes some innovative ideas like multichain staking! You can read more about POSDAO in our whitepaper and read about our plans for the xDai Stable chain here.
BlockScout also had a big month with a major release of version 2.0.3. This release brings new features and 30 new fixes ranging from styling patches to performance improvements. Continuing on our integration work for the past few months, we are creating a staking app available within the BlockScout UI. This DApp provides a seamless user interface for users to delegate tokens to different validators, move, deposit or withdraw stake, or even declare validator candidacy. There are a lot of features that are planned for this DApp and we are excited to share more details on it and on the staking mechanism very soon!
In regards to our interoperability (bridge) protocol, we have released our AMB (Arbitrary Messaging Bridge) , which amongst its many features, allowess ERC677 tokens to move seamlessly between EVM based networks. We have created a tutorial on what’s needed to create a cross-chain application between networks right here.
While POSDAO, BlockScout and TokenBridge are some of our most active developed repos, the POA team is very actively working on many of our other applications including Nifty Wallet which saw a recent release last month.”
Santiment is a platform for advanced crypto analytics, low-latency signals and curated market insights
(Santiment’s development activity for the month of August (Source: SANbase))
It’s been another busy month at Santiment. Here’s the down-low:
Sanbase QOL improvements
We continue to polish and add new features to our flagship product, Sanbase. Some of the bigger quality-of-life changes we’ve made over the past month include:
- Smart Charts, finally introduced last month and featuring over a dozen on-chain, social and development metrics, are now the default charts on all of Sanbase. You can find them on app.santiment.net as well as each individual project page. Goodbye old charts, you’ve served us well!
- We’ve added a new signal – Historical Wallet Balance – to Sonar, which lets you track and get notified of balance changes to any ERC-20 wallet. More signals based on Santiment data will be making their way to Sonar – stay tuned!
- The Sanbase homepage now features a ‘Chart of the Week’, showcasing notable or topical chart setup for a certain coin, curated by the Santiment team.
- We’ve been busy expanding the educational part of the platform – other than video walkthroughs now featured on the Sanbase homepage, we have also embedded short video tutorials for our new Smart Chart metrics, to provide further context to what you’re seeing on the graphs.
New Insights subdomain
Our Community Insights have a new home – insights.santiment.net. The new subdomain is fast and ultra lightweight, making it easy to share your views and analysis on the crypto market with the Santiment community. We’ve also made a number of general look-and-feel improvements to individual ‘Insights’, for a more seamless writing and publishing experience.
New dashboards on graphs.santiment.net
The newest addition to graphs.santiment.net, our ETH Locked charts feature full historical and present-day data for Compound, Maker, Uniswap, ENS and Augur.
As opposed to Sanbase where we publish internally-built tools and metrics, we want Graphs to become home to community-built and owned crypto dashboards, custom metrics and fresh data sets. This is part of our grand vision for Santiment – a place where everyone can become a ‘mini-Santiment’, and build, collaborate on and, eventually – monetize their very own crypto metrics and charts.
The ETH locked charts are the result of a collaborative effort between Santiment and Maxim Odegov and Serge Nedashkovsky. Last month, we’ve published our much-lauded MakerDAO dashboards, which we developed in cooperation with Primoz Kordez from Block Analitica.
If you have an idea for crypto-related dashboards that you’d like to collaborate on with the Santiment team and publish on our platform, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(0x’s development activity for the month of August (Source: SANbase))
“0x Mesh Improvements
In July, we officially launched the beta release of the 0x Mesh network. Since then, we’ve had over 80 unique nodes connect to the network and several hundred thousand orders shared between them. We’ve released a subsequent v2.0.0-beta version of Mesh that incorporates a lot of the feedback given and fixes many of the bugs found during the beta thus far (see the release notes for more detail). We are busy at work adding the additional features and improvements needed to hit a stable v1.0 release. Some of the updates we’ll be adding include browser-support, custom topics, custom order validation, and more robust security features.
We’ve been hard at work getting one step closer to true multi-language support for our developer tools. We are very close to feature-parity between Typescript and Python with the release of the Python 0x contract wrappers package. Additionally, we’ve also upgraded our partially hand-written @0x/contract-wrappers package to be entirely auto-generated using @0x/abi-gen.
- Several new ZEIPs were created this month, including a proposal by the 0x Core Team to add another assetProxy that could bridge liquidity available on other on-chain exchanges (ZEIP-47 – ERC-20 AssetBuyer). We were also pleased to see the Augur team submit two proposals: ZEIP-48 (Custom Order Processor, MicahZoltu) and ZEIP-49 (Support for ERC-777, MicahZoltu).
- More progress has been made towards feature-completion of V3 of the protocol, including the implementation of ZEIP-40 (New Order Matching Strategy) and ZEIP-41 (Batch Order Matching). Lastly, the 0x staking contracts have been drafted and are open for peer review here.
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- 0x Ecosystem Update – July 2019 – Coordinators, Stablecoin Trading Growth, and an Interview with dYdX”
7. Loom Network
Loom is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) network targeting decentralized social app and game development
(Loom Network’s development activity for the month of August (Source: SANbase))
“Here’s what we’ve been focused on this past month:
- Launching free CryptoZombies tutorial on Libra development. Sign up here and/or read more about it here.
- Loom 2.0 Release Build #1213 — including upgrades to Binance Transfer Gateway & EVM, support for mapping BEP2 tokens on Binance Chain to ERC20 contracts on PlasmaChain, Binance Chain to PlasmaChain account mapping, validator slashing (if validators miss too many blocks), referrer handling fixes in DPoS contract, third-party self-service deployer whitelist middleware updates, additional validation in coin contracts, additional validation of EVM transaction values, and support for EVM features introduced in the Ethereum Constantinople fork (makes it possible to use Solidity v0.5.x).
- Released a new video tutorial on how to integrate your Loom dapp with Binance Chain.
- Released a new guide on using Loom’s smart contract functionality to build your own Binance Chain token (BEP2).
- Onboarding several new projects, including SONM and Somnium Space.”
8. Raiden Network Token
Raiden Network facilitates fast, cheap, scalable token transfers for Ethereum
(Raiden’s development activity for the month of August (Source: SANbase))
“August has been a super busy and productive month for the Raiden team:
- We released a new on-boarding tool, the Raiden Wizard. The Raiden Wizard takes care of the Raiden installation for you and launches the WebUI.
- We released a new testnet version of Raiden: Raiden v0.100.5a0 “Antifragile Crocodile“.
- We integrated the Raiden Services and from now onwards do corresponding service releases
- We released the very first version of the Raiden light client SDK and dApp for all testnets. Features included in this release allow users to
- Connect/disconnect with token networks
- Open/close/settle channels
- Deposit tokens
- Make payments to any node in the network
- Last, but not least, we worked on technical debt: flaky tests, improving the testing infrastructure and more
Besides coding, we also enjoyed sponsoring the Gitcoin Grow Ethereum hackathon, as well as participating in Berlin Blockchain week by sponsoring the ETHBerlin hackathon and presenting at Dappcon.”
Gnosis is a decentralized prediction market platform
(Gnosis’ development activity for the month of August (Source: SANbase))
“This month, Gnosis unveiled updated branding to reflect the openness and interoperability of their product ecosystem, including a new look for the Safe app and new product logos on our website. They also released an updated interface to test the conditional tokens standard. Want to make predictions on questions like: “Will Multi-Collateral Dai go live on Mainnet by November 1st 2019?” Find that interface here.
But it’s not just Gnosis designers and front-end developers that have been busy. The dƒusion development team has decided to build a dƒusion trading protocol proof of concept. The PoC’s primary purpose will be to provide an outlet for stable coin exchange with minimal slippage. The relevant smart contracts can be found here.
Want to know more about dƒusion’s research? Check out this talk from Benjamin Smith.”
Golem is creating a decentralized sharing economy of computing power
(Golem’s development activity for the month of August (Source: SANbase))
"This month Golem’s been working on several interesting things: you can read what, for instance, the CGI team is doing in our latest team update (for instance, working on verification, video transcoding as a new usecase, and the first browser Golem service, the video transcoding web service).
Our CEO Piotr also shared very interesting insights on GNT, our token, SGX and more in a Q&A session – if you are wondering why we chose SGX or how velocity impacts (or not) GNT, read this.
Graphene, that had a slight delay, will come out in the next few days and finally, we’ll be launching our next Brass Golem release in a couple of days as well."
This post was originally published on Santiment's blog.