Ethereum co-creator Joseph Lubin-led ConsenSys, the largest blockchain software development firm in the world based in New York, has created three of the most widely utilized Ethereum products over the last several years.
To many new cryptocurrency users and investors, ConsenSys, which houses nearly 1,000 developers, is unrecognized. But, day-to-day users of various blockchain projects are well versed in the work ConsenSys has done to improve the infrastructure of the blockchain ecosystem.
At DevCon hosted in Prague, Czech Republic, ConsenSys founder Joseph Lubin presented the world’s most popular blockchain framework Truffle, node infrastructure Infura, and digital asset wallet MetaMask, often described as TIM by active blockchain users, and the progress the three platforms have made in recent months.
Throughout November, CCN.com has provided extensive coverage of Truffle, Infura, and MetaMask, and particularly some of the major updates the three projects have released to improve the blockchain ecosystem.
MetaMask released its mobile client featuring a decentralized application (dApp) marketplace that enables blockchain users to easily access newly created dApps launched on top of the Ethereum blockchain network.
After Truffle surpassed one million downloads, Microsoft Azure, the cloud computing network of Microsoft and the fastest growing global open-source project, disclosed that it will be working with Truffle to test and develop Microsoft’s enclave ready Ethereum Virtual Machine, a solution that utilizes secure hardware present in mobile phones to securely transmit information to the blockchain.
“At Truffle we’re excited because the eEVM provides a strong base for future platforms and tools in the enterprise space — tools we’d love to help develop. Microsoft’s strong stance toward interoperability makes this an easy win, and helps make enterprise blockchain developers’ lives easier in the process,” Truffle CEO Tim Coulter said.
At DevCon, Coulter further emphasized that the milestone of achieving one million downloads of Truffle portrays an increase in developer activity in the Ethereum developer ecosystem and many other blockchain projects.
“Since the launch of Truffle, all we wanted to do was make it easier for developers to start creating apps on Ethereum. This milestone shows that we’ve done that for so many within the Ethereum ecosystem. We will continue to do that well beyond the next ten million downloads, across Ethereum and all other distributed ledger technologies.”
Infura, the largest Ethereum node infrastructure developer, surpassed 10 billion requests by clearing transactions and smart contract requests for dApps such as MetaMask.
As Ben Horowitz, the co-founder of leading venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz previously said, the cryptocurrency industry has started to show a level of developer activity that surpasses the Internet in its early development phase.
Continuous progress shown by open-source tool suites, frameworks, and projects such as Truffle, MetaMask, and Infura will accelerate growth in the blockchain developer ecosystem and facilitate increasing demand for blockchain-based systems.
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