nChain is one of the global leaders in research and development of blockchain technologies and they have just announced the release of a completed version 1.0 of Nakasendo™ software development kit (SDK).

To understand the purpose of the SDK, it is essential to understand the etymology of the word Nakasendo™. The SDK is named after an ancient trail connecting Edo (modern day Tokyo) to Kyoto; in Japanese language, “nakasendo” means “road through the middle mountains” or “central mountain route.” nChain through Nakasendo™ seeks to provide software libraries that help application developers navigate the complexities of blockchain development and accelerate their work to make blockchain technologies used by major enterprises across the globe.

The first version of the SDK focuses to provide a cryptographic library to allow for a more flexible method of key generation and sharing. This library can be used to improve security for any cryptocurrency exchange, and more broadly for controlling access to any type of digital asset or resource.

nChain group CEO Jimmy Nguyen said, “We are making it available for free usage only on the BCH blockchain specifically to help the growth of Bitcoin Cash. Although the SDK libraries will be useful for developers on any blockchain or digital platform, we want to use key elements of nChain’s patent portfolio to help benefit the Bitcoin Cash ecosystem. That is why we are providing the SDK for free usage only for applications and products that operate on the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) blockchain. The SDK is one of many tools nChain will use to ignite the BCH blockchain, and help re-invent the business world.”

However, for those who wanted to check out the SDK, there is a bad news. The SDK is being made available now to selected partners in an initial testing pool, and will be made available more publicly at a later time. So basically they release is of a private beta and not a public one. There has been public criticisms of nChain for patenting things that should be open source.

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