Dot Leap 9

A starter template for your Substrate dashboards, Polkadot has its first runtime upgrade, Polkadot for beginngers videos, CryptoPunks on Substrate, Substrate IDE new release, and more

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Dot Leap presents: Polkadash

Since last week’s launch of the new educational platform, we’ve been hard at work polishing some dev resources for dapp and front-end developers who would like to enter the Web3.0 ecosystem. The new content is:

Polkadot (v0.8.3)

"Polkadot Behind the Code, Episode 1: The Idea", featuring Gavin Wood. Cool video about the origin and development of Polkadot.

Launch Process

  • Almost 100 accounts have signaled their intention to validate on Polkadot. The sooner we get this number up, the sooner NPoS can be activated. Consider running a Polkadot validator!

Polkadot Governance

Kusama (v0.8.3)

There are now 60 validators in the Kusama 1000 validators program! Want to validate but not sure how to get the backing stake needed to be selected? Join 1kv!

⚠ Updates

  • Kusama now lives alongside Polkadot in the same code repository, and uses the same binary. To run Kusama, you need to pass in the option --chain=kusama or rename the binary to be called kusama. How exactly it’s possible to run two different chains from the same source code and not have them be identical is explained in this Dot Leap post - special thanks to Jam for putting me on the right track here!

🏛 Kusama Governance

  • One of the community members has been working on a Proposal for Treasury funding for several media pieces on Kusama, its governance, future, and the current Council. The Proposal has already been voted on and passed in Motion 151.

  • Referendum 55 to increase validator count to 350 has passed and will be enacted around block 2.635.200. This is the biggest bump in validator slots since genesis.

  • Liebi’s proposal to add a new registrar has finally turned into Referendum 56, but has been met with some initial resistance. The main complaints right now are that it does the exact same thing as registrar #1 does. I personally think a backup option in case Registrar #1 becomes unavailable or tainted is nice to have.

  • Council member Kevin Li has proposed an undescribed Proposal 23 in error. He also proposed another registrar in Proposal 24. Due to the error in P23, Kevin proposed a clearing of the active Proposals (23 and 24) which was sped up and enacted by the technical committee in Referendum 57, purging them from the queue. This resulted in the re-creation of P24 as Proposal 25.

  • Several new Tips are pending confirmation from council in the treasury.

  • LocalKSM’s second milestone has been funded by the Kusama Treasury and described on Polkassembly.

  • A new Proposal is being discussed in Polkassembly about integrating KSM into a cross-blockchain clone of Bomberman. Apparently, the game is play2earn and is quite popular.

🔩 Core Stack

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There is now a new parachain runtime skeleton in Substrate.

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🛠 Tools

  • Want to just include PolkadotJS libraries the old-school way in your next project? Use this bundle!

  • Polkadot API Server 1.16.1 has been released.

  • Substrate IDE, a graphical interface for Substrate development on Linux and Mac OS is at release 0.1.1.

  • Pierre from Parity has released his networking Grafana dashboard for Substrate. It’s what he uses when looking for connectivity problems between nodes, so if you’re seeing connection degradation or need to keep an eye on up time, check out the networking dashboard setup. If you’re unfamiliar with Grafana and Prometheus, I made an intro video, linked below.

👨‍🎓 Education

  • "Polkadot for Beginners", an entirely non-technical introduction to Polkadot featuring Bill Laboon and Dan Reecer. Explains the history of the Internet and blockchains, and how Polkadot is the next step in blockchain development.

🤝 Ecosystem

📅 Events

That's it for this week - I hope this was as useful for you to read as it was for me to write! Special thanks to Bill for his Daily Digest!

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