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June 6, 2024

May 2024 SKALE Engineering Update: Enhanced User Experience and Network Performance

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Welcome to the May 2024 edition of the SKALE Engineering Update. This month, the SKALE developer community has been focused on enhancing user experience, improving network performance, and rolling out key updates that will make the SKALE ecosystem more robust and user-friendly. Here’s a detailed look at the latest developments:

SKALE Block Explorer 2.0 Release

SKALE is thrilled to announce the release of the SKALE Block Explorer 2.0, now live on Mainnet for all SKALE chains. This major update introduces a brand new UI designed to improve the visibility and usability of chain data. Users can now enjoy an enhanced interface that makes it easier to navigate and understand the data, providing a seamless user experience.

One of the significant improvements in this release is the ability to access comprehensive statistics such as transactions, unique active wallets (UAWs), and contract details for specific chains. This level of detail ensures that users have all the information they need at their fingertips. Additionally, users can now effortlessly view all verified contracts, adding a layer of trust and transparency to their interactions.

The updated tokens UI is another notable feature of this release. It allows users to filter and see NFTs along with their metadata, making it simpler to manage digital assets. For developers, the Block Explorer 2.0 brings significant improvements. The entire UI has been rewritten using React.js, separating it from the backend to enhance stability and flexibility, especially under high load. The contract verification process is now faster, streamlining development workflows and enabling quicker deployments.

Upgraded Consensus in Development

The SKALE consensus mechanism is undergoing a significant upgrade, currently in the QA stage. This upgrade promises to bring substantial performance improvements that will benefit both users and developers. Users will experience quicker block confirmations, making the network more responsive due to the faster block mining speed.

Additionally, the upgrades to the consensus mechanism have resulted in a 30% increase in transaction throughput, enabling the network to handle a higher volume of transactions efficiently. This improvement ensures that the SKALE network remains robust even as it scales. Furthermore, the block mining time has been reduced by 200%, significantly enhancing network performance and reliability, making it more attractive for developers and users alike.

Portal 2.2.1 Rolling Out to Mainnet

Portal 2.2.1 is now rolling out to the mainnet. This update features a Transak on-ramp integration, allowing users to enjoy a seamless fiat-to-crypto onramp. 

The addition of the new Onramp page to the Portal UI enhances the user experience, making it more intuitive and user-friendly while simplifying the onboarding process. This update is part of the ongoing efforts to simplify access to blockchain technology and improve the overall usability of the platform.

Portal 2.3 in Development

Portal 2.3 is currently in development, focusing on further enhancing the user experience. This update will introduce a new 'Apps and Games' page, aimed at improving the discoverability of features and applications within the SKALE ecosystem. This addition will make it easier for users to explore and engage with various dApps and games available on the platform.

Moreover, Portal 2.3 will add the ability for users to withdraw staking rewards to a custom address. This feature provides more flexibility and control over their earnings, catering to the diverse needs of users and enhancing their overall experience.

Looking Ahead

The SKALE Engineering community is committed to continuous improvement and innovation. These updates reflect the dedication to providing a seamless, high-performance experience for both users and developers. Stay tuned for more exciting updates as the team continues to enhance the SKALE ecosystem.

About SKALE

SKALE is the world's fastest blockchain, designed for fast, secure, user-centric Ethereum scaling. SKALE chains offer zero gas fees to end-users and have advanced features such as AI/ML smart contracts, on-chain file storage, interchain messaging, zero-cost minting, and enhanced security features.

The SKALE Network enables developers to deploy their own EVM blockchain in minutes without sacrificing speed, security, or decentralization. Welcome to the SKALEverse.

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