Leading Bitcoin Developer Company Blockstream Releases Lightning Update With a New Plugin
The Bitcoin Lightning Network is always trying to offer the best scaling solution for the crypto investors who use Bitcoin and several companies create their own programs to support it. Now, Blockstream is making a large update to its c-lightning program, which is set to be released in around eight months from now.
This new update will come with several upgrades and the most important ones will be plugins that will make it easier for coders to create new features around the payment system. It is said that the plugins will be useful even for the people who are not proper coders, too.
There are many new lightning apps being made recently using some programs that make the process easier. For instance, recently a seven-year-old kid created a zombie hunting game using the technology. Other people have created software that can be used to order pizzas.
Blockstream will release the code and then it will get considerably easier for the developers to create their own features using the c-lightning code and algorithms like Python, C and Go. The implementation of these programs will be different from other lightning network implementations like LND and Eclair, which are also popular.
Christian Decker, the Blockstream engineer, has affirmed that every decision made by the company was made in order to give the best set of tools to people to create apps in a sanctioned and useful way. According to him, this could allow the users of the program to create their own lightning nodes in their own way using it.
However, it is basically impossible to simply predict how will people actually use the protocol and the plugins when they are actually launched. Businesses and amateur creators are often very creative when deciding how to use the technology and they can surprise the original developers with their ingenuity.
Rusty Russel, a Blockstream engineer, has affirmed that their goal is this, is to basically open “infinite possibilities” and tools that can be used in several different ways at the same time.
This includes a vast range of tools, like monitoring tools to see how the node is acting and if it is working well, probing plugins that will ping random nodes in order to see how well other nodes react and more. Here is a list of plugins if you are curious about the possibilities: https://github.com/lightningd/plugins
With all these plugins, the company expects to make the lives of the developers considerably easier than they are so far and to contribute for the creation of several great open source projects that will be used by the community.
Russel jokingly described open source as a way to recruit people because they get so engaged with creating the programs that they eventually get sucked into this world and C-lightning gets “free labor”.
Making Payments More Reliable
Another important point of the update is that it intends to make payments more reliable than they are so far. For instance, several people complain that the LN is simply not very trustworthy and that people can lose money forever in the transactions.
Now, with this update and the plugins, the developers want to solve this issue for once and for all. Russel talked about a feature called “route boost”, which will help in this case and will make the network work in a way that people will be more confident in its functionalities.
Reproducible builds will also be launched in order to make sure that the software will work properly even when across several different systems like Windows, Mac and Linux.
There are also several new features which will be created with the goal of basically making the LN easier to use, which is another big complain, as some people deem it to be hard for non-tech-savvy users.
Russel finished by talking about how he was actually very impressed with how the Lightning Network was getting adoption fast. According to him, the Lightning Torch initiative is helping a lot in marketing and the developments that other people, as well as the ones who work in Blockstream, are securing the future of the LN.