Yesterday, on May 2nd, the Qtum Chain Foundation (“Qtum”) revealed a full suite of tools for blockchain development through its partnership with Google Cloud.
According to a blog post made by Qtum, these tools are free to use and have been designed to “give developers and non-technical users alike, a simple and cost-effective way of launching nodes and building on the Qtum blockchain.”
Qtum’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), Miguel Palencia, stated the following regarding the release:
“Google Cloud is the perfect partner to help us make the blockchain ecosystem simpler and more intuitive. We’re launching a node was once an intensive and complex process, Qtum’s new developer suite introduces helpful shortcuts and tools to make it faster and easier. With a more accessible technology, we hope to open up and expand the Qtum community to include people with a broader range of experience — from experts to the everyday user.”
Developers can access the suite through the “Qtum compute engine,” which enables “anyone to launch a full developer environment” on the blockchain and start “developing or staking in a matter of seconds,” without any costs.
Before the launch, in order to build a full Qtum node or decentralized applications (dApps), developers had to source all the tools they required on their own.
But now they can get the suite of tools they need for developing dApps, launching a full node, making a fork, or begin staking on the Qtum blockchain just by using Google Cloud. Each time the Qtum source code goes through an update, “Google Cloud will automatically update the code everywhere, saving developers the need to manually re-download in order to remain on the latest version.”
Qtum’s developer suite features “Qtum Core, a Solidity Compiler, Qmix IDE, Solar (smart contracts deployment tool), Qt-dev libraries,” and all other essential libraries and tools required for dApp development