The BSV enterprise blockchain has seen a huge wave of development in the past couple of years, with popular apps now powering millions of daily transactions. However, there’s been fair criticism that, as compared to some other blockchains, it’s still pretty difficult to develop on BSV.
What tools are available on BitcoinSV.com?
The BSV development tools fall into several key categories.
- API’s – Tools like Mattercloud, Blockchair, NOWNodes, and WhatsonChain enable developers to access on-chain data instantly, perform various analytical queries, utilize block hosting to store websites and data on the blockchain.
- Metrics – Coin Dance, BSVData, Bitcoin Blocks Live, and Coin Carbon Cap provide real-time data on the BSV blockchain. Historical prices, transaction volumes, and other useful data are available through these tools.
- Bitcoin Script – Script is the native Bitcoin language. Script Wiki is a list of opcodes, commands, and functions. sCrypt is a high-level smart contract language for BSV.
- BSV Libraries – In this section, you’ll find a suite of developer tools for creating apps and games on BSV. For example, Gate2Chain is a development suite that allows you to connect apps, websites, games, and other systems to the BSV blockchain. You’ll find applications that will enable you to build in Rust, Java, Elixir, Python, Dart, and other languages.
- Education – This is where developers can learn about BSV and its true capabilities. From the Bitcoin Wiki to the BSV Academy to Dr. Craig Wright and Ryan X. Charles’ video series called Theory of Bitcoin, there’s a treasure trove of information in this section.
- Reading – These tools allow reading from the blockchain. For example, MetaShard allows easy access to data stored on the blockchain. It also allows users to store data on BSV.
- Standards & Protocols – BSV has an extremely well-developed library of technical standards and legal specifications. In this section, you can learn about the Travel Rule, Merkle proofs, SPC Channels, and much more.
- Testing Tools – Use PewPew to stress test apps, the BSV testnet faucet to provide tokens to testnet users who are running a stake pool or other node, or the Scaling Test Network (STN) to test large blocks and transaction volumes.
- Tokens & Smart Contract – Issue tokens or build apps and smart contracts on protocols like RUN, STAS, Bitcoin Computer, SensibleSV, and Tokenized.
- Wallet SDKs – This is where you’ll connect the apps and tools you’ve built to popular BSV wallets such as Handcash, Moneybutton, Relaysia, and others.
Patrick Prinz, managing director of BSV Blockchain Association, had this to say about the suite of tools:
“The usage of the BSV protocol is seeing strong growth and transaction count outpacing the total accumulated competition. And this while BSV is still not making it particularly easy to start developing on the protocol, in all honesty. SDKs, libraries and dev tools are stored in a fragmented manner and it is hard to find the required information to begin with. Also there are gaps in tooling where other blockchain ecosystems have done a better job.”
He added, “While it is important to remember that Bitcoin’s potential was only unleashed as late as beginning 2020 through the Genesis update, we as an organization are determined to give newly joining developers and entrepreneurs a welcoming and information-rich onboarding experience. A central place for easy navigation through existing tools and libraries is a start. Other services shall follow over the coming weeks and months. We encourage all ecosystem players to contribute. Shortly the bitcoinsv.com webpage will feature a ticketing system to process suggestions for additions and edits. I want to thank all contributors who have already provided feedback and helped with the content.”
BSV development continues at a breakneck pace
Developers should be aware that the race is on to develop on BSV. In fact, there are now millions of daily on-chain transactions being driven by popular apps like CryptoFights and Peer Game. Games drive the majority of them, but that’s just scratching the surface of what BSV is capable of.
Why are so many developers choosing BSV? That’s simple; once you look past the childish rhetoric about decentralization and bringing down governments that permeates much of the blockchain industry today. And once you begin looking for a serious blockchain that scales infinitely, is capable of running complex smart contracts, has extremely low fees (think $0.0005 per tx), and which does all of this today, there’s only one blockchain in town: Bitcoin SV.
BSV is the original Bitcoin protocol restored. The development we’re seeing today is only the beginning of what’s to come. It’s time to get excited about building on Bitcoin!
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