November 2021 Recap
This month it’s all about execution
Welcome to the latest monthly update from SubQuery, and one that is particularly full of all the exciting stuff happening around our community.
SubQuery to launch on Acala
At our community call, we finally announced that SubQuery and the SQT token will aim to be the first external application and token to launch with Acala.
We considered a variety of options before electing to deepen its existing partnership with Acala by launching on its leading DeFi protocol built on Polkadot. The three main reasons that went into this decision to launch with Acala were community access, domain/technical excellence, and our existing robust relationship.
James caught up with Acala’s Bette Chen for a wide-ranging interview on this decision and partnership, including the specifics on why Acala and SubQuery are a match made in heaven.
Significant Development on the SubQuery Network
Even though we are busy working hard on the SubQuery Network, and still rushing ahead towards our test network launch in the first quarter of 2022. We’ve made great progress on our smart contracts and refining our token economic model. Expect to see us sharing a lot more about this soon.
Core Product Development
Scaling our Hosted Service
SubQuery Projects has been a recipient of some explosive growth over the past month as thousands of academy participantsopen in new window have created even more projects in our hosted service (project.subquery.networkopen in new window) in the space of a few weeks.
We’ve crossed a milestone of over 2,000 projects deployed to our hosted service, and as a result, it’s been a priority to scale our hosted service. We now offer our enterprise customers dedicated resources to improve performance and reliability.
If you would like to upgrade your SubQuery project to receive dedicated resourcing, contact us at email@example.com.
Supporting External Chain Type Files in our Project Manifest
In November we launched version 0.2.0open in new window of our project manifest file (
project.yaml). This new version provides developers with various improvements that have been requested by customers.
Most importantly, you can now reference a chain type definition file that has all the custom types included when you’re indexing a custom substrate chain. This quickly allows you to connect a new SubQuery project to any substrate-based chain, including all of Kusama’s parachains.
Moonriver EVM Support
As previously announced we have implemented support for the Moonbeam and Moonriver networks in SubQuery. In November we followed up with all the developer resources that you need to get started. You can read the instructions hereopen in new window.
Additionally, Scott was able to present this entire workflow to the Moonbuilders workshopopen in new window for everyone to watch. Perfect timing for the lead up to the Gitcoin Grants that we are sponsoring (more on that below).
Hot on the heels of the overwhelming success of the SubQuery Academy’s Hero Course, we were proud to announce that we would be providing our first hackathon opportunity for all developers via Gitcoin Grants Round 12open in new window starting on December 1st.
SubQuery has proposed 5 bounties with a total prize pool of up to $34,000:
- Create a unified block explorer that combines Substrate and EVM insights from Moonbeam and Astar into one easy to use applicationopen in new window — US$12,000 [Sponsored by Moonbeam and Astar]
- Work with SubQuery and the DeFi hub at Karura/Acala to build a dashboard that’s inspired by Zapper.fi or defisaver.comopen in new window — US$8,000 [Sponsored by Acala]
- Create a staking dashboard that shows the best staking opportunities across Polkadot and its various parachainsopen in new window — US$3,000
- Build a marketplace explorer for all RMRK protocol based NFTsopen in new window — US$2,000
- Extend the @subql/node service to index data from another layer 1 chainopen in new window — US$12,000
Analysis into the Polkadot Crowdloans
SubQuery is Polkadot’s leading data indexing service, and over the past week, we’ve been powering millions of daily requests to the majority of the crowdloan dashboards, contribution apps, and analytics websites. Teams like SubVisopen in new window, Parallel Financeopen in new window, and DotMarketCapopen in new window rely on SubQuery to provide real-time data on the crowdloans and other on-chain data directly to their websites and apps.
We recently took a deep dive into the Polkadot crowdloans (specifically the title fight between Acala and Moonbeam). You should read it here if you haven’t alreadyopen in new window.
Other things you might have missed
- We’re working closely with the new team at Web3Goopen in new window to provide data anaysis tools to the SubQuery ecosystem.open in new window
- Listen to Sam and James on Brave New Coin’s podcastopen in new window.
- James talked to Acala’s Brett Kolodny to talk about how Acala use SubQuery in their stackopen in new window.
- Siqi, our China representative, talked to Acala Network and Polkaworld about the latest in web3open in new window.
- We released modules 1open in new window to 4open in new window of our SubQuery Hero Courseopen in new window
- James also talked to Jacky to explore Litentry’s plans for a future DID protocolopen in new window.
James, Sam, and the SubQuery Team