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The State of Lisk Report – Ep. 1

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Lisk’s Darpal Rating For March

Since the start of 2018 the Darpal Rating’s team has released a monthly blog post in which they review and rank blockchain projects based on their code audits. Darpal Rating is a top Chinese tech influencer and platform that offers blockchain reviews, interviews and auditing. In their earlier code audits for January and February Lisk was ranked in first place out of a 133 different projects. Yesterday Darpal Rating released their latest code audit for the month of March. Unfortunately Lisk did not manage to keep its first place this month and was overtaken by EOS, still Lisk did very well and was ranked in 2nd place out of the 200 projects audited this time.

In the report we can see that Lisk got a rating of 5 which is the highest possible in the audit and only achieved by a total of 6 projects. It also shows that Lisk had 781 commits to their core library and those were rated type A1 (Continuously, steadily developing new features). In the audit we can also see that Lisk scored high in the number of contributors, their release frequency and on its popularity.

So even though Lisk lost its first place this month the code audit still shows us that the team is working hard and the project is moving forward!

Slamper Releases A New Lisk Statistics Tool

This week standby delegate and Lisk Ascend member Slamper released his latest Lisk tool named : stats.lsk.party. This is a statistics tool with a smart interface to browse real-time and historic Lisk transaction and account statistics. The stats in the tool are based on the raw data from the Lisk blockchain and include current and full historic stats. The transaction stats are updated every 5 seconds, while account stats are updated every 60 seconds.

In the upper right corner of the site you can select a timeframe from which you want the data to be shown. Some data is cumulative, which means that “New Accounts” shows the total number of new accounts in the selected. The tool lets you select a certain timeframe and shows you stats such as the total transactions per hour, unique senders, volume, the biggest transaction and the average transaction amount for that period.

Slamper is also close to releasing another project which is a Lisk network monitor. This will use the new 1.0.0 Websocket API to collect stats from all Lisk nodes on the network to measure uptime, health, block propagation speed, missed blocks + non forging and so on. The tool will allow node owners to set free alerts (Telegram, SMS, Lisk.chat) on their own nodes and delegates without having to install software on their servers. This data will also be recorded and made available via the new stats.lsk.party so it can be browsed easily.

This will project will form the core for the tools Slamper wants to build to make it easy to deploy failover Lisk clusters using Docker and Kubernetes. Based on these tools he will later build a Sidechain-As-A-Service business, which will allow new Lisk Developers to deploy their own side chain for free without having to struggle with infrastructure plus a paid side chain and delegate hosting with added features. Slamper’s goal is to give the tools which are necessary to allow newcomers to quickly get started with Lisk once side chains are out and that will help the Lisk ecosystem thrive. For more information on the Lisk Acend delegate team, pledging your vote and the referral system you can check out their website. It also feature live chat where you can ask your question or get help with pledging your account.

The Lisk North America Tour

At the end of March LiskHQ announced the Lisk North America Tour, during this tour community manager Jan Liz-Fonts would be speaking at multiple Lisk meetups and conferences. The tour kicked off with the 4th edition of the Lisk San Antonio meetup which was hosted by Lisk Ascend member Nimbus76, and Lisk USA. Here Jan gave a presentation on the Lisk Relaunch and Lisk’s newest products to a crowd of around 40 peopleThe attendees consisted of blockchain and Lisk enthusiasts as well as members of BloQspace, the Lisk Ascend delegate team and LiskUSA. More information on this meetup can be found in our recap blog post which was released earlier this month.

The second stop of the tour was the Forward JS: Ottawa Summit (Canada) here Jan presented Lisk in front of a crowd of nearly 200 JavaScript developers. He explained the Lisk platform and how Lisk is going to bringing together blockchain and JavaScript. During the Summit Jan met some of the brightest minds in the JavaScript industry and many interested developers. The day after the Summit it was time for the very first Lisk Ottawa meetup. Here Jan presented the attendees an overview of the Lisk ecosystem and met a lot of interesting and new people. Because of the success of this meetup JavaScript developer and Lisk community member Adam Daw will be organizing regular Lisk meetups in Ottawa in the future.

The last stop of the tour so far was Seattle, which had garnered over 200 RSVPs making it the biggest Lisk meetup of the entire tour. During the event Jan presented a detailed look into Lisk’s ecosystem and its major advantages in the blockchain space to a very engaged and enthusiastic audience. The attendees had some great questions for Jan after which an open discussion was held about potential use-cases for Lisk.

A Update On Lisk Hardware Wallet Support

Many people have waited for Lisk to get hardware wallet (cold storage) support, this week we got an update from LiskHQ team member Mariusz Serek‏. He announced that Lisk integration with TREZOR is planned for version 2.0.7 thanks to the hard work of Lisk community member and GDT delegate Alepop. TREZOR is a hardware cryptocurrency wallet which stores the user’s private keys in a secure hardware device. With TREZOR your transactions are completely safe even when initiated on a compromised or vulnerable computer because you physically confirm them using the hardware device. Currently TREZOR is on firmware update 1.6.1 so personally I would not expect hardware wallet support to be available before the summer.

Cryptoland Reviews Lisk

The YouTube channel CryptoLand shares cryptocurrency tips, crypto startup reviews as well as ways to increase your blockfolio through mining and trading. In the latest review video Matthew took a look at Lisk. The review starts off with some good background information on what Lisk is and what the founders wish to achieve with the project. The video also has a lot of useful basic and covers subjects like the SDK (Software Development Kit), the LSK token and where to buy them, Dapps, the Lisk foundation and much more. So if you are new to Lisk then this is a good video to help you get up to speed on the project and some of its features.

The Development Of The Lisk Ecosystem Visualized

The release of the Open Beta version of Lisk-core 1.0.0 was a nice occasion for Lisk community member and delegate iii_element_iii to create another Github development visualisation. This time the video shows the entire Lisk ecosystem so you will see the development of lisk-core, lisk-elements, the Lisk-hub, Lisk-explorer and the Lisk-commander. The Lisk ecosystem is displayed as a tree where the root of the repository is the centre, directories are branches and files are leaves. I personally think these development visualizations are a great way to show Lisk’s growth to the public that doesn’t follow Lisk’s Github development on a day-to-day basis. So if you havent seen the video by now then make sure you do!

Interview : What is Lisk?

Around two weeks ago Lisk co-founder and CEO Max Kordek was interviewed during a live stream by the YouTuber Ivan on Tech. During the interview Ivan and Max talk about a lot of very interesting topics one of which is Cryptie, this is a project that Max and Oliver where working on before they started Lisk. Max explains how and why him and Oliver parted ways with the project and how the rest of the Cryptie team is also still active in the blockchain space. Ivan and Max then discuss how Lisk differs from other projects and how it compares to the biggest alt token of the moment : Ethereum.

They also talk about one of the most heard questions by the community : Why it seems that Lisk is moving slow. Max explains that this might seem so but this is not the case, as things will speed up after Lisk Core 1.0.0 is active on the Mainnet. Ivan also Max the important question of why Lisk chose to use JavaScript as their programming language and if they will support other programming languages in the future. The live stream also featured a chat in which the audience could ask Max questions, one of which was the fun question : How did they come up with the name Lisk. For the answer to this question make sure you watch the interview!

Ivan also asks Max about the topic of partnerships, and Max is very clear about this : Lisk is going for technology first. Once they have a good and working project partnerships will follow naturally because of that. Other interesting topics that were discussed during the live stream interview where for example : Lisk’s current DPoS (Delegated Proof of Stake) system, dynamic fees, the future LSK token use cases, the Lisk vs Ark situation. The interview showed me the confidence Max has in the project and the team and if you have any doubts about the project at the moment then I would definitely recommend watching it.

The March Lisk Community Update

As always LiskHQ released their community update, this time for the month of March. In it you can read updates on the company, Lisk’s development, marketing and the ever-growing Lisk community. This time the company update features the new Lightcurve team members and Lisk making the company move to the top floor of the Potsdamer Platz WeWork building. In the development update you read about the development of Lisk Core, the Lisk Template and all the released versions of the Lisk Hub.

The Lisk marketing team also did a lot of good work in March, LiskHQ team members attended many meetups, held interviews and Lisk once again grew on their Social Media platforms. In the community update features the work community managers Jan and Mat are doing with and for the community. The blog post finishes off with the next steps for Lisk one of which is attending cryptocurrency conference Consensus in May.

LiskHQ Releases The Lisk Core 1.0.0 Open Beta

Monday the 9th of April marked a milestone for Lisk with the release of the initial Lisk Core 1.0.0 Open Beta version for testing. With it LiskHQ also released a blog post where they announced some intensified testing stages. Starting with Lisk Core 1.0.0 there will be two distinct phases for all major releases which are called the Betanet and Testnet. The Betanet being an artificial replica of the real Lisk network. The Betanet has its own genesis block and delegates nodes which are for now being maintained by Lisk’s DevOps team. The extra step of Betanet testing gives LiskHQ the chance to try the code first and avoid any risk of negative effects on the Testnet. So once testing is completed on the Betanet LiskHQ will migrate it to the Testnet and after running succesful there it will be released on the Lisk Mainnet.

Since the start of the Open Beta a lot of testing was done by the team and the community. This resulted in the release of Lisk Core 1.0.0-beta.6 earlier this week and Lisk Core 0.9.14a to the Testnet earlier this week.

If you have been active in the Lisk community for a while then you already know that LiskHQ puts the quality of their products above all else and this extra testing step just shows that once again. LiskHQ also announced that after Betanet testing is complete the development team will be hosting a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) on the topic of Lisk Core 1.0.0. If you would like more updates on the Lisk Betanet testing progress then make sure you keep an eye out for either the Lisk subreddit or Lisk’s Github!