Astar Network launches Swanky, an all-in-one Tool for WASM Smart Contract developers

  • Swanky comes with pre-installed project templates and front-end codes so that developers do not have to build everything from scratch.
  • Astar Network’s Swanky is future-proof as it supports both WASM and the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM).

Multichain smart contract platform, Astar Network, has launched a new tool for developers. Called Swanky, Astar describes the tool as an all-in-one software that provides developers with everything necessary to build WebAssembly (WASM) smart contracts.

Product Lead Sasa Pul and Astar’s Head of Ecosystem Development Maarten Henskens revealed Swanky at the Sub0 Polkadot Developer Conference in Lisbon. Astar’s announcement states that Swanky helps to make smart contract development easy by pooling WASM tools into a simple interface. The Swanky tool is made of two parts: the Swanky CLI (Command Line Interface) and the Swanky Node.

The Swanky CLI is a simple tool that developers can use to create a smart contract. The CLI helps write and compile smart contracts, perform integration tests, and manage accounts. Swanky comes with pre-installed project templates and front-end codes so that developers do not have to build everything from scratch. This quickens smart contract development and project deployment and allows developers to handle multiple projects.

Developers also have access to Swanky Node, a blockchain based on the future-proof Substrate framework that enables pallet contracts and does not require waiting for block time since it is seal enabled, which makes it easy to quickly verify or authenticate products. Swanky Node can also run in persistent or non-persistent states and allows multiple developers building in different parachains to use chain extensions and pallets.

Swanky makes Web3 transition easy

Astar Network’s Swanky is future-proof as it supports both WASM and the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). While Ethereum is ushering Web3 via smart contracts, it is necessary to support two VMs so that developers are ready for the industry’s move to WASM from EVM.

Also, Henskens points out that Swanky will make it easier for developers to transition from Web2 to Web3. According to him:

With WASM smart contract usage and building still at a very early stage, tooling and documentation are essential to bootstrap the WASM developer activity. Swanky makes it incredibly easy for developers, especially those coming from Web2 to Web3, to start exploring this new environment.

Swanky solves a critical problem for developers looking to transition from Web2. Currently, languages used in the Web2 environment keep developers out of Web3 because they cannot be translated into Ethereum’s Solidity. Consequently, developers making the switch cannot build dApps for EVM without first learning Solidity. However, with Swanky, developers can focus on improving smart contracts without worrying about time spent learning languages.

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Astar Network will continue promoting Swanky while working to improve the toolkit. Essentially, developers can use Swanky to start local contract development, scaffold new projects using multiple templates for smart contracts and front-end dApps, and run unit tests using Swanky Node. Developers can also compile projects with different languages, set up RPC and integration tests, and finally deploy completed smart contracts.

About Astar Network

Astar Network provides tools that support interoperability between chains and allows developers to build dApps powered by EVM and WASM smart contracts. Astar also allows developers to earn via staking through its Build2Earn model. Due to the ecosystem’s flexibility, the Astar Network is now of Polkadot’s top Parachains as it helps with growth in the Polkadot and Kusama communities.

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