So, picture this: There’s a new tool in town, and it’s shaking things up! Ed Felten, the brainy co-founder of Offchain Labs (yep, the folks behind Arbitrum) was practically bursting with excitement as he spilled the beans about their latest creation. The Stylus? It’s like handing a master artist a new paintbrush. More seasoned devs can now jump onto the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) bandwagon and, well, make magic happen!
Ed couldn’t help but gush during his chinwag with the folks over at Cointelegraph at Korea Blockchain Week. This cool new gadget, the Arbitrum Stylus, got its first taste of the limelight on a testnet this August. Guess what? It’s inviting developers to join the party, allowing them to whip up Arbitrum apps using languages they’re comfy with, like Rust, C, and even C++! How cool is that?
Putting it plain and simple, Ed shared, “Now those non-Web3 folks can stick to their knitting, using languages and tools they’re already chummy with.” He’s betting his bottom dollar that we’ll see loads more devs diving into EVMs, especially with these swanky, tried-and-true tools. And get this: more devs are flexing their coding muscles in Rust compared to Solidity. Talk about a major plot twist!
“Here’s the kicker,” Ed exclaimed with a twinkle in his eye, “Using these polished tools means things move at lightning speed. We’re talking 10 to 15 times faster than your typical EVM.”
For Ed, it’s not just about speed; it’s about using tried and tested code. Rust, for one, has been around the block, proving its mettle time and again. Ed quipped, “Think of Rust as your trusty sidekick, always having your back, making sure those pesky bugs don’t sneak into your code.”
And the cherry on top? You can now plug and play. No need to reinvent the wheel, just take what’s out there and give it a whirl. “Imagine taking the best of what others have crafted and seamlessly integrating it on-chain,” he mused.
Today is Arbitrum Day
Last year we took one giant leap with the launch of Arbitrum Nitro.
Today we’re excited to announce that we are taking another big leap with the release of the code and public testnet for Arbitrum Stylus. 🖊👇https://t.co/NaxOuir5WH— Offchain Labs (@OffchainLabs) August 31, 2023
Here’s a jaw-dropper: the gas cost? Slashed by a whopping 10 to 15 times! That means you can squeeze more juice out of a single transaction. Ed couldn’t resist adding, “This could be our golden ticket to getting crypto wallets onto iPhones, paving the way for using slick features like Apple’s FaceID. Kinda like flashing your bank card, but way cooler!”
Ed’s mind is always racing, dreaming up ways to make the most of these cost savings. From ultra-realistic blockchain-based video games to crunching machine learning models on-chain, the sky’s the limit.
In Ed’s eyes, Stylus is more than just a tool; it’s a revolution. Projects can hit the ground running, with fewer bumps in the road. “There’s no need to split hairs over every tiny performance tweak,” he concluded with a grin, “It makes the whole dev journey a heck of a lot smoother.”
Well, folks, sounds like we’re in for quite the ride! Hold onto your hats, because the EVM landscape is about to get a whole lot more thrilling! 🚀🎨🔧