Stellar Lumens (XLM) Roadmap for 2019: New Core Developments, Products and Ecosystem

Stellar has introduced its game plan for this year as the 2019 Stellar Roadmap goes live. The roadmap gives an insight into the five categories that Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) is working on. Stellar Core and Horizon both have dedicated team while a new team is introduced in the form of Product that focuses on Stellar apps and content. The organization team covers HR and ops while Ecosystem handles the developer and community relations.

“All these teams have a lot to do this year, and they’re all growing as we speak.”

March Comes In Like A Lion

In the Horizon category, the team is currently working on removing the GitHub PR and issue backlog while the first quarter will see the addition of transactions that fail in consensus to Horizon, the client-facing API servicer for the Stellar ecosystem.

In the second quarter, the three SDF-supported Horizon SDKs viz. Javascript, Java, and Go will be able to support every Horizon server feature so developers can use whichever they are most comfortable with.

Stellar Core, the software that nodes on the Stellar network use to achieve consensus and validate transactions are the “backbone” of the stellar and SDF is currently working on making it

“more efficient, more responsive, and easier to install and maintain.”

Currently, the team is working on maintaining a consistent ship schedule where, there will be 6 minor releases in 2019, 3 protocol upgrades in each quarter and in Q2 will migrate the SDF infrastructure to a new production environment.

The quarter 2nd and 3rd will also see improvement in decentralization while preserving performance and faster and easier node management.

Starlight Is The Top Priority, First-Class Stellar Wallet In Works

Stellar is also all set to redesign and the new site is expected to be up by May 1st. The team would work on publishing more content such as use case explainers and walkthroughs for core concepts and has been re-working on dashboard and Laboratory and building a SEP6 validator.

In quarter 2nd, the plan is to create a

“first-class, open-source Stellar Wallet SDK,” and will continue working on Lightning-like payment channels aka Starlight where “hiring more engineers to finish this work is a top priority.”

Increase Community And Marketplace Presence

Stellar has been not exactly active in the crypto space, unlike XRP which is a fact acknowledged by its founder Jed McCaleb as well in an interview with Yahoo Finance, where he said,

“We’ve done a pretty poor job of marketing it and telling the world what Stellar is about. I think they have a vague notion that it’s for payments, but I don’t think they know the details and the real power of it. We’re hoping to change that in 2019, but it’s a process.”

Now, the team is putting the focus on it as it has already started working on increasing the SDF presence across online channels and is also having a Stellar Conference in 2019. Also, in 2019, they will identify

“at least 7 other projects for detailed engagement and support.”

In the organization, Stellar plans to hire more people and provide increased clarity around SDF’s lumen holdings and its distribution plans.

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