Up-and-coming open source framework for building fully distributed, peer-to-peer applications Holochain has recently made it a habit to release “Dev Pulse” updates. These updates usually contain useful footnotes describing what the project’s developers have done since the last update. Another dev pulse (9th in a row) dropped just a couple of days ago, informing the community about the latest Holochain developments.
This latest update opens up by wishing everyone a happy New Year. It also adds a disclaimer that the devs have taken some time off during the holidays, which has resulted in Dev Pulse no.9 being somewhat light on meaningful updates. The update mentions that regular development is expected to resume in the following days. Finally, a Holochain 101 educational section has been introduced in Dev Pulse 9 with intention to “help developers become more familiar with Holochain core concepts.”
Overall, the team spent the past week “laying the groundwork” for two important updates: last week-mentioned capabilities-based security as well as “signals”. The signals feature will be “the beating heart” of future Holochain applications, looking to give developers the ability to listen for all sorts of events to which their apps can respond in real time.
“This will make hApps feel as lively and responsive as traditional server-based apps, without the processing and network overhead of our previous prototype — or the glacial pace of blockchain consensus,” explains the blog announcement. Both of these updates are expected to improve overall user experience for future Holochain users. Check out the entire Dev Pulse 9 here.
Blockchain plagued with a lot of issues is Holochain’s chance
Blockchain was hyped to the skies for the last two years. Nowadays, it seems companies are having a blockchain fatigue. A new report from Forrester Research states that some companies are stopping to use the term “blockchain” because they think it is overhyped, business magazine Fortune reported Nov. 6.
Unfortunately for blockchain, that is not its only problem. There is a new player in the arena that promises even bigger disruption to the tech world than blockchain. Part of the name is the same, nothing else is – enter Holochain.
Holochain is a framework for building peer-to-peer applications, like Ruby on Rails but it runs your app directly on your device instead of on a server.
Below is a nice graphic showing the differences between blockchain and holochain.
A holochain application is run entirely by the people who use it. This enables direct communication, without the need for corporate web servers.
For any particular use case, developers can create fit-for-purpose solutions that strike the right balance between minimizing risks, reducing costs, and optimizing speed. Relative to other distributed application infrastructures such as Blockchain (Bitcoin, Ethereum), Holochain applications operate exponentially faster and cheaper. The lightweight architecture is perfect even for mobile phones and other low capacity devices.
Holochain also recently brought to light a new Developer Preview release which the HOT dev. team has been working on. In the press release, Holochain looks to also rebuild the Rust, and this could be a significant boost for the Holochain Network.
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What’s unique about Holo fuel, is that it is inversely scalable, meaning it actually gets more efficient with more users rather than less. So it can handle Facebook scale applications, basically. No other crypto-tech is even close to that.
A broad variety of applications can be created on Holochain, pretty much any app you can imagine that is running on the “regular” internet of today like search apps like Google, messaging apps like Facebook, email apps and more.
Overall Holochain has set some things in motion and are currently focusing on making sure that people start hearing more about those things. And that is the correct decision, increasing marketing efforts within reason is desirable and legit projects can also do it, it is not reserved exclusively for scammers and their shitcoins (we all know who they are).
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