Arbitrum launches “Stylus”, a programming environment that could be a game changer

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Offchain Labs, the company behind one of the most popular Ethereum scaling solutions Arbitrum, revealed it will be soon rolling out “Stylus”, a programming environment allowing developers to deploy programs written in traditional programming languages, such as C, and C++. The move will be a major boost for developers who need to learn a new programming language to move into crypto.

Since the rise of the digital asset industry, developers often need to learn a new programming language to enter the cryptocurrency circuit. But, thanks to Offchain Labs, the company is trying to change that picture. On February 7, Offchain took to Twittier to announce Stylus, the next generation programming environment upgrade for Arbitrum One and Arbitrum Nova.

The brand new programming environment will help to scale various decentralized applications (dApp), social networks, games, and machine learning applications. In addition, applications written in Stylus will be much faster, reduce cost and will be fully interoperable with the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM).

What is Stylus?

According to the official blogpost, Stylus will use WebAssembly, a software standard that compiles programming languages into a web-compatible format enabling programs to run on Arbitrum. It will enable users to deploy programs written in traditional programming languages including Rust, C, C++, and more, side-by-side with existing Solidity dApps on the same Arbitrum blockchain.

Stylus will bolster Web3 transition starting from game development to social media. It will slash fees increasing the computing speed more than 10 times. It seems decentralized finance (DeFi), decentralized autonomous organizations (DAO), and other crypto use-cases will enjoy greater efficiency on both Arbitrum One and Arbitrum Nova as Stylus is fully integrated into both chains.

Arbitrum to Launch Programming Environment "Stylus"; Here's Why it Could be a Game Changer

Steven Goldfeder, CEO at Offchain Labs, believes Stylus will increase Arbitrum’s appeal to developers along with Ethereum researchers, who will be able to use the programmin encironment to design and iterate on Ethereum Improvement Proposals (EIP) precompiles without having to set up their own testnets.

Goldfeder further emphasized Stylus will help build a “supercharged EVM”, which will be able to use code which has already been written in more established languages. In a statement, Rachel Bousfield, tech lead at Stylus, said,

“It’s not just that you can write in more languages. Things are actually faster and cheaper now, too.”

Arbitrum Contiues to Grow

Last year, Offchain Labs had announced the acquisition of Prysmatic Labs, one of the core development teams behind the Ethereum (ETH) Merge, in an effort to scale the Ethereum ecosystem. In December, Chainlink, one of the leading oracle services providers and Arbitrum announced the launch of Chainlink Automation on Arbitrum One allowing developers to access reliable and performant automation needed to build advanced dApps by leveraging a decentralized network of nodes.

Over the past few months, Arbitrum has witnessed a dramatic upsurge. As per data from Dune Analytics, Ethereum Layer-2 networks such as  Arbitrum and Optimism have surpassed Ethereum in combined transaction volume. The report showed Ethereum processed over 1.06 million transactions on January 10, whereas Arbitrum and Optimism combined processed over 1.12 million transactions.

Recently, NFT giant, OpenSea also announced support for Arbitrum Nova allowing users to access the platform as a cheaper option to Ethereum when buying or selling NFTs. 


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