Blockchain Network Development
Blockchain network development is one of the most challenging and complex tasks in the whole Web3 space. Building a whole network requires a lot of effort, vast knowledge, and Web3 expertise, as well as considerable dev talent. You need to devise the right network architecture and ensure that the core protocol is as fast, efficient, and secure as possible, to develop a suite of core features and functionalities, as well as build robust and flexible tools to make future development easier and foster a vibrant dev community around the protocol. The sheer volume and complexity of the work that is required means that many new projects may not have enough resources. In those situations having a reliable external tech partner can be a godsend.
At LimeChan we’ve got significant experience in helping Web3 protocols to grow and evolve with new features, functionalities, and tools. While working on these types of projects, we’ve handled a variety of tasks, falling under two main categories: core protocol development and dev tool development.
The LimeChain Development Process
The network development process goes through several stages to ensure that client requirements and needs have been understood and met. These stages include:
We first start with an introduction to the protocol and have talks with its core developers as we try to learn as much as possible about the technology. At this stage, our goal is to gain general understanding of the protocol’s technical aspects, as well as the idea behind the technology - what problems it’s designed to solve, how it aims to achieve those goals and how close it is to achieving them. During the initial assessment we also gather information about what features and functionalities the dev community needs the most and factor that into the subsequent planning and development.
The next step is to dig deeper into the technical aspects of the technology in order to get a real grasp of the protocol’s capabilities. Often we build a demo application that we use to gauge the protocol’s performance, usability, development environment and more. We issue a report based on our experience and we present and discuss our findings with the client. Together we pinpoint potential limitations and inefficiencies of the core protocol and identify ways to improve them.
Discovery and architecture design
This step is extremely important when building a new network from scratch or dealing with a fairly undeveloped protocol. Here our experience with different Web3 networks and solutions truly shines, as we are very adept at designing custom architectures that are tailored to the needs of a specific business case.
Core protocol development
This is what people usually imagine when they hear blockchain network development and for good reason. This is where the bulk of the effort goes into. Based on the level of maturity and the needs of the network - which have been identified during the initial assessment and evaluation stages - our team could be tasked with working to improve certain aspects of an already existing protocol or building an entire protocol from the ground up. The latter includes a comprehensive discovery and architecture phase.
Under core protocol development we also count development of private blockchain networks, for example, networks built using frameworks like Hyperledger. Here we also include public permissioned networks, hybrid networks, as well as custom solutions, tailored to the specific needs of the client.
When we talk about core protocol development we cannot understate how important client diversity is for the stability and security of a blockchain network. This is another thing that we can help you with - we can develop a light or full client for your network, lessening the risk of network-wide outages and exploits.
Our engineers can use a large variety of programming languages and tech tools including Rust, Java, JS/NodeJS, GoLang, EVM, as well as platforms like Polkadot, Cosmos, Hyperledger and VMWare, among others. This wealth of knowledge and experience affords us flexibility and allows us to always choose the right tool for the job.
Development of tooling
As mentioned above, tooling is a very important aspect of blockchain network development. It is also an appropriate starting point when working with fairly mature protocols. Having robust tools is crucial for improving the developer experience.
At LimeChain we often start with tools development before expanding our effort to core protocol development.
While app development is adjacent to blockchain network development rather than part of it, it can be crucial for the success of a protocol. This is especially true for applications that add meaningful utility to the protocol, such as cross-chain bridges, which ensure interoperability with other Web3 networks.
LimeChain is right for the job!
So why choose LimeChain as your blockchain network development partner? Well, we have rich and diverse experience in working with some of the most prominent protocols out there and we’ve assembled a strong team of over 100 highly-qualified professionals, including software engineers, blockchain architects, technical BAs, and Web3 UX&UI designers. But the biggest testament to the team’s technical capabilities and professionalism is the impressive portfolio of projects we’ve amassed over the years.
We’ve successfully completed grants for Polkadot and The Graph worked with specialized networks like Flow and helped build the Cudos Network using the Cosmos framework. We’ve also been a key technical partner of Hedera Hashgraph, contributing to the growth of the network with core protocol, as well as tools development. And we’ve also been heavily involved in the development of a couple of important dApps for the Hedera ecosystem – the HeliSwap decentralized exchange and the Hashport bridge, which connects Hedera Hashgraph and EVM-compatible networks.
We’ve also been building Ethereum-based dApps enriching the Ethereum ecosystem and we have an approved EIP – the EIP 4400 – contributing to the ERC-721 token standard.
So if you’re looking for the right technical partner to help you build a robust blockchain network or elevate the ecosystem built around your protocol, you’ve come to the right place. Drop us a line and let’s see how we can help you realize your vision.