Cardano Community Developer Spotlight – February 2021

Cardano Community Developer Spotlight – February 2021

Hello Cardano community,

At the Cardano Foundation, we recognize the fantastic work our community does, especially those who are diligently building, educating, and exploring what Cardano has to offer at this early stage in our development.

As a decentralized protocol, much of the innovation and applications which emerge as Cardano transitions into Goguen will come from you—our ecosystem participants. As a result, the Cardano Foundation is pleased to bring you the second installment of our monthly Cardano Community Developer Spotlight blog, recognizing our diverse and dedicated community.

Each month, the Foundation will be selecting a couple of interesting community-led projects to discover and share with our wider ecosystem. We hope this will encourage those who are already building solutions on Cardano to keep moving forward, while also helping to inspire those thinking of building on Cardano to get started and collaborate.

So, let’s check out who and what is under the spotlight in February 2021. This month, we will focus on educators, and developer-focused content creators.

1. ADA MakerSpace

ADA MakerSpace is a YouTube channel dedicated to tutorials and workshops on developer components available on Cardano. Dedicated to Marlowe, Cardano’s domain specific language for writing financial smart contracts, the ADA MakerSpace channel features carefully curated content for developers.

With almost 9 hours of tutorials and walkthroughs available to watch on the ADA MakerSpace YouTube channel, it provides a very comprehensive overview of the Marlowe Playground and its associated components.

It’s a great resource for anyone looking to get started learning about Marlowe, Plutus, Haskell, or smart contracts on Cardano, so check it out if that interests you! Thank you @BooneBergsma for your contributions!

2. Hitchhiker’s Guides

The Hitchhiker’s Guides are a series of ‘gists’—GitHub-based tutorials and developer notes— from our long-time community member Pal Dorogi. A goldmine of information on using Cardano developer tools and documentation, Pal’s gists are a great resource for both beginners and more experienced developers.

You can find out how to perform Shelley cold key generation, learn about staking, explore Plutus Playground content, and explore Byron-era recovery information through Pal’s gists.

It’s a great example of community participation and contribution, which we are really looking to increase ahead of the Mary hard fork! Check out Pal’s gists here, or follow him on the Cardano Forum. Thank you @_ilap, it is clear you have devoted much time to these guides. Keep building!

How are projects or people selected?

The Cardano Foundation keeps a close eye on the development of its ecosystem, and we are always pleased to see new innovators exploring our technology.

We choose our spotlight at random. The Cardano Foundation does not have any degree of bias for any particular project, nor do we select according to the size or scope of the project. Stake pools and general ecosystem-news podcasts are not included, but anyone building unique solutions on Cardano can be selected for our community spotlight.

Naturally, you have to start building to be selected—if you are wondering where to start, why not sign-up to our Developer Portal waiting list? We will send you exclusive developer-focused content, and you will be among the first to know when new components come online.

A huge thank you to this month’s spotlight projects for their efforts. Please stay tuned for next month’s Community Spotlight.

The Cardano Foundation

Disclaimer: The Cardano Foundation does not endorse or promote any of the projects, cryptocurrencies, or stake pools mentioned in this Developer Spotlight. Any descriptions of the functionality and services provided are for information only. It is not intended to be investment advice. The Cardano Foundation is not responsible for any loss of funds or other damages caused as a result of using the projects described above.

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