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Message from Blockdaemon
From our team to yours, we truly hope that you are staying safe, healthy, and calm as we try to flatten the curve in these difficult times. Even though our team is distributed and used to working remotely, we are adjusting to this new normal and extend support to our community as everyone finds their new rhythms.
If there is one take away from this, is that we can bond together as a community to be resilient, help each other out, and be resourceful during these uncertain times. We’ve remained focused on continuing to enhance on our platform, updating our supported protocols, and growing our community.
BTC Markets is the largest, most liquid, Australian digital asset exchange. Founded in 2013, it is trusted by over 270,000 verified Australian users who have traded over $8.75 billion. They provide real-time, instant AUD deposits and withdrawals, processed 24/7 via the New Payment Platform.
To focus on their user experience and not have their developers tied up with the maintenance and monitoring of nodes, outsourcing the management of node services allowed them to free up valuable time. Read more about how Blockdaemon is helping BTC Markets with their node operations.
We’ve significantly expanded our documentation this month with developer-focused documentation that dives deep into protocol endpoints, APIs, and tooling available on the platform.
Currently we have deeper documentation available for Ubiquity API, now in Beta as well as our Blockchain Package Manager (BPM). We will be rolling out documentation for Ethereum JSON-RPC commands with an interactive playground as well as Bitcoin documentation, with more coming in weeks ahead. Reach out to request more information!
Anybody – developers, exchanges, wallets, institutions and enterprises – that deals with more than just a couple of blockchain protocols knows how tedious it can be to keep switching contexts just to re-learn a new set of commands and APIs.
To handle the myriad of different APIs in the blockchain space, we’ve created the Ubiquity API. Ubiquity is the Blockdaemon API for reading blockchain data, supports multiple protocols with a single, standardized REST API interface. Check out our latest article on Ubiquity by our VP of Engineering, Lloyd Moore and contact us to try it out!
Blockdaemon is deeply committed to and involved in the Stellar ecosystem, providing high uptime validators and archives to the network. Beyond this, we are continually updating and incrementing the functionality of Stellar nodes in our app. Last month, we delivered expanded metrics for Stellar nodes in our application – cpu load, memory usage, disk space, ledger and protocol version.
This month, we updated our default Stellar versions to launch the new Core 12.5 and Horizon 1.0 releases. Horizon 1.0 is the first major release of Horizon. If you’re not familiar, Horizon provides an easy-to-use Rest API to interact with Stellar. Version 1.0 brings an improved ingestion engine into Horizon. Horizon now places less load on Core for Core + Horizon deployments, and now is able to interact with present as well as past. To get even more detail, read more on Stellar’s blog regarding Horizon 1.0.
As mentioned in the Stellar notes above, we’ve rolled out an improved metrics display for your nodes in the UI. This “card” view is now available for all public nodes that you own, regardless of if they are shared or dedicated nodes. You’ll get an understanding of the underlying VM status, as well as blockheight and selected protocol metrics.
These are just a handful of the metrics we collect for each protocol, and we will be expanding these cards, as well as offering an extended set of metrics, as Q2 continues. We’re prioritizing the metrics we refer to the most in our operation of our own nodes,
These node cards don’t stop at metrics. Your node’s endpoints are now visible directly on the card for quick reference. And if you have questions, the knowledgebase for that node is a click away, too. We’ll continue improving node cards throughout the year, so if there are things you’d like to see or ideas you have to improve them, don’t hesitate to send us a note.
News and Events
Alliance for Prosperity
- Libra rival Celo launches 50-member Alliance For Prosperity: “Launching today with over 50 partners, non-profit The Celo Foundation’s ‘Alliance For Prosperity’ offers a way for developers to build decentralized mobile apps that are based on Celo’s blockchain platform and USD stablecoin.”
- How to Stop the Next Quadriga: Make Exchanges Prove Their Reserves: Cryptocurrency exchanges sometimes treat depositors’ assets like fractional reserves, with disastrous results. Time for regular audits, writes investor and CoinDesk columnist Nic Carter.
- Why COVID-19 Stimulus Should Incorporate Digital Dollars: “As the world grapples with the devastating effects of the coronavirus, the need for a digital alternative to paper money becomes increasingly clear.”
- Looking for the latest updates from Blockdaemon? Head over to our Help Center, read the latest updates about the protocols we support and join the discussions in our community!