Colosseum Codex: LayerZero on Solana, SVM vs EVM Debate, Speedrun 3, Solana Collective

LayerZero on Solana, Solana vs EVM Debate, Speedrun 3, Solana Collective, Core Oracle Plugin

Colosseum Codex: LayerZero on Solana, SVM vs EVM Debate, Speedrun 3, Solana Collective

It's a presidential election year in the US, and a part of that cycle is always a high-stakes debate between the candidates, but the most talked about debate might not be the one you think!

Instead, it was Solana’s Co-Founder Anatoly Yakovenko going toe-to-toe with Ethereum Researcher Justin Drake on Bankless to discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of both chains.

Just like any political debate, the arguments from each side were compelling, but it's not likely to actually change anyone's way of thinking. Still, it was an in-depth conversation that dove into the different architectures of Solana vs. EVM, each having their own strengths.

I thought Anatoly did a tremendous job responding to some of the common criticisms of Solana with real-world examples and reasons of why the ecosystem is seeing so much growth right now.

You can check it out for yourself in the Listen to This section below.

Now on to the rest of the news...

⛓️ LayerZero Live on Solana

LayerZero is an interoperability protocol that provides a framework for sending data and digital assets across 70+ different blockchains.

Initially, the LayerZero endpoint on Solana is in "Mainnet Beta", with messaging enabled with seven other chains: Ethereum, Arbitrum, Optimism, Base, BNB Chain, Avalanche, and Polygon.

After completing a final round of audits, Solana integration will include all 70+ supported blockchains.

By integrating LayerZero in their apps, Solana Developers can grow their market reach and utility across a wide range of blockchains.

LayerZero Solana Programs communicate directly with Smart Contracts deployed on EVM-based chains. 

They include:

  • Omnichain Fungible Token (OFT): Supports fungible token transfers.
  • Omnichain Application (OApp): Facilitates messaging and configuration.

This integration not only enhances Solana’s ecosystem, but also opens up more complex and secure blockchain interactions.

For more detailed guidance on developing with LayerZero check out the LayerZero V2 Solana Programs documentation.

LayerZero is Live on Solana

🎮 Solana Game Jam 3

MagicBlock and LamportDAO have announced Speedrun, the third edition of the Solana Game Jam where developers have a limited time to create a game from scratch based on a given theme. 

Event Details:

  • June 29th, 12 PM UTC - July 5th, 11:59 PM UTC
  • Virtual event with physical venues in London, New York, and Istanbul
  • $10,000 for the Main Track, with additional prizes for Sponsor Tracks to be announced soon.

Leading up to the game jam, a series of workshops will be held to help participants learn how to build onchain games and explore the special tracks set by sponsors to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the competition.

At the end of the 6-day game jam, a panel of judges will evaluate the submitted games based on uniqueness, creativity, and technical excellence. The most innovative games will be awarded prizes.

Participants should check out this curated list of the best resources, tools and tutorials for building games on Solana to get ready for the event.

This is an excellent opportunity to dive into the world of onchain games, learn new skills, collaborate with other developers, and showcase your best work!

Solana Speedrun 3

🌱 Solana Collective

The Solana Collective is leaving the nest!

Solana Collective, a community of contributors in the Solana ecosystem, is branching out from the Solana Foundation, to become independent entity.

Their mission remains the same:

To empower, uplift, support and amplify the voices within the Solana Content Creator community

Going forward the Solana Collective will focus on creating more opportunities for our content creators within the Solana ecosystem, with "Contentathons" like Solana Scribes, opportunities for paid commission work, hosting events, and rewarding contributors with an XP system.

Developers and content creators can join the Solana Collective Discord and get full access after completing a basic 20 question quiz about Solana.

Members get points and recognition for sharing relevant, quality content (like this newsletter for example!)

Solana Collective

💎 Developer News

Helius sendSmartTransaction
Solana has been facing congestion issues that make it a challenge to ensure transactions are delivered and landed. While fixes are on the way, the Helius SDK has added the sendSmartTransaction method to optimize your transaction submissions for you in both the Node and Rust SDKs.

Metaplex Core Oracle Plugin
The Core Oracle plugin is now live on Devnet. The Oracle plugin can read from an external account to influence lifecycle events like create, transfer, or update. For example, making an asset transferrable only during specific hours or when the floor price is above a certain amount.

SolanaFloor launches Learn Solana
SolanaFloor announced the launch of Learn Solana, an educational guide to onboard new crypto users and explain blockchain basics like wallet setup, crypto trading, & DeFi.

⚙️ Tools & Resources

stockpile-lite is a minimal implementation of quadratic funding on Solana in native Rust. This is an optimized, minimal, and agnostic version of the Anchor implementation found in Stockpile v2.

Solchat SDK v1.0 is a TypeScript SDK that gives you the opportunity to create your own version of Solchat for your DApp. This version includes numerous features that have not yet been released on Solchat, such as blocking users, adding and removing friends, and group chats.

Turnkey SDK is TypeScript SDK to create embedded wallets, eliminate manual transaction flows, and automate onchain actions on Solana using Turnkey.

⚡ Quick Hits

Solana Hub adds notifications powered by Dialect - @SolanaHubApp

What is the State growth problem on Solana? - @aeyakovenko

Solana Changelog - Trident, Unruggable, and SyscallGetSysvar - Solana

How Picasso built a solution to connect Solana to the IBC ecosystem - @IBCProtocol

Storing token metadata fully onchain - @r0bre

Merkle proofs for whitelisting email addresses using JavaScript - Idris Olubisi

How to implement SVM rollups on Solana - Arvix

How to Monitor Solana Transactions Using Geyser Enhanced Websockets - Helius

Solayer Litepaper Part 1, v0 released - Solayer Labs

Mobile shdwDrive: Solana Crossroads 2024 Recap - ShdwDrive

🎧 Listen to This


On Ethereum’s side was Ethereum Researcher Justin Drake, and on the Solana’s was Solana’s Co-Founder Anatoly Yakovenko.

Each gave the good, the bad and the ugly of each other’s blockchain, settling their endgame towards the end of the episode. At times went well, at others it caused deep semantic rabbit holes, but overall both guests were able to communicate their messages.

The Ethereum vs. Solana Debate | Justin Drake vs. Anatoly Yakovenko

Bonus Episodes

Why Businesses Are Building On Solana | Baxus, Tzvi Wiesel - Lightspeed

Tzvi Wiesel Founder & CEO of Baxus discusses why they're building on Solana, growing a global marketplace for spirits, and how Baxus are bringing whiskey onchain.

Firedancer w/ Kevin Bowers - Validated

In this episode, Austin visits Jump Crypto's office in Chicago (The Pit) to talk about Firedancer, Solana's second independent validator client. They discuss its roadmap, its rollout, and the ways in which it will optimize and improve upon the architecture of Solana's existing client.

DRiP and the Creator Economy on Solana (feat. Vibhu, founder) - Solfate

Vibhu Norby, the founder of Drip, discusses the latest updates and developments with the platform. He explains how the current subscription model and traditional content platforms have created inefficiencies and asymmetrical value accrual. The conversation concludes with a discussion about the upcoming Drip mobile app and the transition process for existing users.

Solforge: Combining Physical Card Games With Web3 Primitives I Justin Gary (Solforge Fusion) - Unlayered

In this conversation, Sal is joined by Justin Gary to discuss the design and creation of Solforge Fusion, a hybrid deck game from the creators of Magic the Gathering. They delve into the gaming industry, the evolution of trading card games, and the impact of digital technology on game design.

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