This Week in Avalanche, Nov 19 2020
Apricot: The first major upgrade to Avalanche was announced. Key improvements include verifiable pruning, epochs, freezable asset support and Avalanche Native Asset (ANT) ERC-20 support.
Avalanche Staking & Delegation Proposal by Nicholas Lemaitre. The proposal asks if we should decrease the minimum required AVAX to stake (currently 2000) and if we should increase the minimum delegation fee (currently 2%).
Avado have added support for Avalanche staking. They’re also running a competition where you have the chance to win their hardware.
Setting Up an Avalanche Node with Microsoft Azure (Cheaper than AWS) - tutorial by Seq
80% staking ratio (288,521,292 AVAX) - ↑ 1% from last week
~11% current staking reward per year
622 Validators - ↑ 12 from last week
Asset Layer (X-Chain)
281 assets have been issued on the X-chain - ↑ 41 from last week
You can now sign messages and prove ownership of addresses (without making a tx) directly in the web wallet.
DApp Layer (C-Chain)
You can transfer non-AVAX assets between the X-Chain and C-Chain thanks to the AvalancheJS v3.0.5 release. N.B. This is not available on the web wallet yet.
Avascan added support for the C-Chain
Stuff for Devs
AvalancheJS v3.0.5 released: includes C-Chain RPC APIs and ANT (Avalanche Native Token) cross chain swap support - See relevant updated docs here.
The Avalanche Postman Collection has also been updated to reflect AvalancheJS v3.0.5.
Encode Hack Club: Avalanche Workshop 1 | Presentation by Gabriel Cardona
How to Create NFT’s tutorial by CRYPTO_MINER
Codl.center: an interactive API reference for the Avalanche-go node
Generate/Import AVAX wallets with a single python script - written by Ted Yin.
Some discussion about a potential Avalanche Rust client. Kevin Sekniqi started a repo for anyone interested in contributing to a public effort.
Docs are now live for Ortelius, the Avalanche indexer.
AvaxGuessr — guess the price of AVAX to win a share of one validators delegation rewards.
Ava Labs team members will participate in Startup Secret Santa. You can register for free to receive mentorship from them and other industry experts.
Ava Labs are looking for feedback on how to minimise friction for both developers and enthusiasts. Please let them know your thoughts!
Forum Discussion: How to implement proper voting?
Forum Discussion: Should Athereum be on a separate subnet or as an Avalanche Native Token, deployed on the primary subnet?
In general the Avalanche Forum has become a very active place. Be sure to check it out.
Podcasts, Interviews & Misc
Creating a Distributed Universe - a panel by Istanbul Fintech Week featuring Emin
Behind the Chain 2020 | Scaling Layer-1 - a panel featuring Tyler Smith representing Avalanche
Jay Kurahashi-Sofue did an AMA with Crypto Nation
Ricardo Vázquez appeared on the Blockchain Summit Latam Podcast (en español)
MoneyDance: A Virtual Discussion between Emin & Kathleen Breitman
Sept 28 - Dec 9: MoneyDance Hackathon
Dec 9: MoneyDance Demo Day
Dec 9: Crowdsale AVAX tokens unlock
Dec 14 - Jan 17: Encode Hackathon
About me & the newsletter
I’m a long term investor & enthusiast in the space. I’ve been interested in Avalanche for a while & decided to start this to keep up with the project & hopefully enable others too as well. If I’ve missed anything or you want me to include something for next week please let me know! You can reach me at @_ed1990_ on twitter or @edwardwill1 on telegram.