Plutus fee estimator: find out the cost of transacting on Cardano
Our new fee estimator – released today – will help developers estimate the cost of smart contract scripts for maximum efficiency and minimum cost
21 January 2022 6 mins read
The ‘Alonzo’ smart contract upgrade deployed to the Cardano mainnet in September 2021 turned Cardano into a functional platform for the development of decentralized applications (DApps) built in Plutus.
With the Cardano ecosystem steadily growing, a great number of DApps are being built and readied for launch on Cardano. Either in final testing, deployment, or active development, Cardano will soon host a variety of DApps covering DeFi…
Cardano: robust, resilient – and flexible
With its modular, parameter-based approach, Cardano has been architected with true scalability in mind
21 October 2021 10 mins read
Cardano is designed to serve millions of users in a globally distributed way. As with any other decentralized blockchain, this means that we need to produce a predictable and consistent supply of new blocks that collectively grow the chain and transparently record transactions between users. In order to ensure that new blocks are propagated across the network as a whole in an…
Goguen brings token locking to Cardano
We’re deploying the same process used for the Shelley update to deliver a smooth upgrade path to Goguen
2 December 2020 7 mins read
Cardano’s development has been conceived as a journey involving five overlapping development themes, each of which is underpinned by a consensus protocol – Ouroboros. As Cardano evolves, the protocol must also change as fresh functionality and utility are brought onto the platform. Upgrades require gradual changes to the network protocol and in this article, we will explain how…
The decline and fall of centralization
This week marks the first step in the road to the full decentralization of Cardano, as stake pools begin to take responsibility for block production. Here’s what the journey will look like.
14 August 2020 12 mins read
Full decentralization lies at the heart of Cardano’s mission. While it is not the only goal that we're focused on, in many ways, it is a goal that will enable and accelerate almost every other. It is integral to where we want to go as a project.
It is also where the philosophical and technical grounding of the entire Cardano project meets its community, in very real and tangible…
From Byron to Shelley: part two, the journey to the mainnet
Continuing on to Shelley with the decentralization of block production
11 May 2020 5 mins read
Today, we’re kicking off the ‘Friends & Family’ testnet, which will allow us to establish a robust network to test and iterate, before we roll it out to the wider community. We’ve gathered a small number of around 20 ‘pioneers’ to help us with this important initial work. By the time you probably read this, they’ll be briefed and we’ll have things underway.
In my last blog, I…