Truffle, one of the leading providers for open-source blockchain development tools, is expanding beyond just supporting Ethereum as it makes its push toward profitability. The ConsenSys-funded company announced support for Tezos, Hyperledger Fabric, and R3’s Corda.
Truffle will soon be available to developers building across some of the most popular enterprise blockchain protocols, said Tim Coulter at TruffleCon at the Microsoft campus in Washington. Originally launched in 2015 within ConsenSys for internal use for building on Ethereum, the tools quickly expanded in popularity. Now, the company is adding support for Tezos, Hyperledger Fabric, and R3’s Corda.
The company’s main offerings include Truffle, an Ethereum smart contract development environment; Ganache, a personal “one-click” blockchain for Ethereum; and Drizzle, a collection of front-end libraries for dApps. So far, these tools have earned three million downloads and boasts over 10,000 GitHub stars.
“As enterprises increasingly build decentralized protocols into their IT stack, Truffle is meeting the needs of developers by standardizing tooling, easing friction and promoting interoperability,” said Coulter. “By integrating with Corda, Hyperledger, and Tezos, we can extend our reach and make the lives of thousands of developers easier in the process.
Support for Tezos
The announcement that generated the most excitement is Truffle’s partnership with the Tezos Foundation and TQ Tezos. Truffle plans to extend its support to Tezos smart contract languages including Michelson, LIGO, and SmartPy.
“Integration into Truffle Suite expands accessibility and lowers the barrier to entry for developers to build on Tezos,” said Alison Mangiero, President of TQ Tezos.
These tools will make automating tests and building decentralized applications on the network easier and more secure, potentially resulting in better applications on Tezos.
“Tezos gets stronger and stronger as the ecosystem of developers building on the platform grows. We see this integration and the related materials as an important step in growing the Tezos developer community and look forward to seeing the new projects and ideas which emerge as a result,” added Ryan Jesperson, president of the Tezos Foundation.
Truffle Suite recently became a corporate member of Hyperledger and the Linux Foundation alongside announcing its support for Hyperledger Fabric’s EVM chaincode within Truffle. By replicating the experience provided to Ethereum developers, the company aims to make the Hyperledger EVM development experience “sweeter.”
“This integration marks another step towards compatibility and interoperability in blockchain and smart contract development,” said Brian Behlendorf, executive director at Hyperledger. “We believe the Truffle integration will bring even more energy and ideas from the Ethereum developer community into Hyperledger.”
One of the ConsenSys success stories
During TruffleCon, employees privately described Truffle as one of the “success stories” of the dozens of ConsenSys spinouts. In 2019, the company received a $3 million investment from ConsenSys. And now, the company is already making its push to profitability with training, advisory, support, and contract development services said Wesley McVay, vice president of global strategic partnerships, in a conversation with CryptoSlate. Alongside MetaMask and Gitcoin, Truffle is one of the several ConsenSys “spokes” that have gained meaningful real-world use.
Meanwhile, companies such as Augur-competitor Gnosis, decentralized trading platform AirSwap, and media and entertainment project SingularDTV have all seen underwhelming engagement even after multi-million dollar ICOs.
As tools like Truffle make blockchain development more accessible, decentralized applications and protocols like Ethereum and Tezos can hopefully flourish and begin bringing real-world value to the mainstream.
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