Greetings from the Agoric crew, normally centered at Palm House in Belmont, but geographically decentralized for the time being.
We hope this note finds you and yours well in these challenging times.
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Updates: What’s Happening at Agoric
We’ve been accumulating changes to Zoe based on feedback from the recent Gitcoin hackathon. We’ve added a wallet UI to simplify dapp integration and to enable users to send and receive payments from other users in the REPL. Those changes will be released soon.
In Zoe, we split the opera ticket example contract into multiple reusable contracts to make them reusable for multiple dapps: a generic contract to sell items and a generic contract that mints the items and launches instances of the sales contract. These can easily be used now to build other dapps.
The agoric-sdk has been updated to use the modern SES shim, improving programming safety across the system.
To better support dynamic IBC, we proposed ADR 025, which specifies how smart contracts on chains can communicate with relayers so they can automatically relay dynamically created channels. ADR 025 has been integrated into the IBC standard.
Who’s Afraid of Ethereum?
Agoric was featured by Crypto Briefing among the top 12 smart contract platforms. https://cryptobriefing.com/whos-afraid-ethereum-top-12-smart-contract-platforms/
Layer 1 Podcast
Zaki Manian (Tendermint Labs Director, Iqlusion Co-Founder) and Dean Tribble (Agoric CEO): “Inter-Blockchain Communication, Cosmos Network, Agoric, Why We Build Blockchains, DeFi Thoughts.” https://youtu.be/HzdI1oJ2xas
No More Silos
Agoric Chief Scientist Mark S. Miller on building for interoperability in Web 3. Watch the archived panel. https://www.crowdcast.io/e/DiffusionDigital/register?session=9/
Chip Morningstar on TC39er Podcast
The Agoric engineer talks about his favorite flavor of proposals, coining “avatar,” and more. https://tc39er.us/posts/episode-5-chip-morningstar/
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Events: Upcoming Events in Which We’re Participating
All scheduled events we were planning on have been postponed, naturally, or are taking place remotely.
TC39: July 20 – 23
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Bookmarks: What We’re Reading
Black Girls Code
The non-profit’s founder, Kimberly Bryant, talks about systemic racism in tech. We donated to the organization on Juneteenth and encourage our friends and partners to join in. (Mike Jablon) https://www.digitaltrends.com/news/black-girls-code-founder-ceo-interview/
Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Butler
The 1987 hard science fiction trilogy Lilith’s Brood by the celebrated author Octavia Butler begins alone in a dark room furnished only with the memories of the end of the world. This story is a wonderful break from science fiction’s many well-tread paths and tired perspectives: a window into a life of struggles, ambiguity, and uncomfortable compromises. Lilith’s Brood examines human nature, survival, and tribalism. (Kris Kowal) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octavia_E._Butler
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