Why Developers Should Deploy Their Dapps on zkSync

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Understanding the fundamentals that make the zkSync ecosystem powerful for both developers and users alike

Developing blockchain applications comes with scaling issues, transaction costs, and onboarding friction, but not on zkSync. Thanks to technological innovation, zkSync offers users an ecosystem where getting started is as easy as pressing the start button. As developers, these are the kind of foundations you want to build your decentralized applications on. 

With the rise of crypto and decentralized applications, we also have a plethora of blockchains to choose from. It’s safe to say that Ethereum leads as a programmable chain, but it needs scaling solutions to truly live up to its potential. It’s not without reason that we’ve witnessed a serious increase in Layer-2 and even Layer-3 networks, offering users and developers faster and cheaper solutions. 

zkSync is leading the charge. In the past 30 days, the Layer-2 network attracted 6.5 million active wallets interacting with dapps. These users were responsible for 21 million transactions during the same time period. Competitors like Arbitrum, Base and Linea processed 14 million transactions combined. But the attractiveness of zkSync Era doesn’t lay in its activity numbers, but in the technology offered to developers. 

Moreover, zkSync has its own Layer-3 networks, called Hyperchains. Various projects are already tapping into the possibilities from the technology. For example, zkCandy uses it for gaming, Tradable for real-world assets (RWAs), and Celo uses Hyperchains to build their own protocol. The possibilities are limitless.  

All the tools developers need

zkSync prides itself on the developer support it offers to the community. They offer a wide range of tools and common libraries to help developers create decentralized applications. Developers who are already familiar with Solidity and dapp development, will feel straight at home in the zkSync ecosystem. In addition, any dapp that has been deployed on Ethereum, or one of the other Layer-2 networks, can also easily be launched on zkSync Era. 

However, let’s assume you’re still new to Web3, and you want to start your development journey. Where do you go? We hope to help you find your path, and the team at zkSync did an amazing job with their documentation. In addition, a wide selection of service providers have created tools to support their mission. Let’s take a look: 

zkSync development documentation

The team offers extensive documentation to welcome new developers into their ecosystem. They provide tips on security and some best practices, while complete tutorials on smart contract development and dapp development can get starting developers going. 

SDKs for common programming languages

zkSync has SDK support for JavaScript, Python, Go, Java, Swift and Rust. This ensures that every developer can be onboarded with minimal additional education requirements.

Developer references for blockchain technicalities 

However, we’re talking about blockchain technology here, and therefore there are some specific bits of knowledge required. Thankfully zkSync provides an introduction into various topics, such as rollups, account abstraction, system contracts, bridging, smart contract development, and much more. 

zkSync Ecosystem page

In collaboration with DappRadar, zkSync offers all its users an easy entry into the zkSync metaverse. The zkSync Ecosystem Portal gives users and developers alike, an overview of the available projects, dapps, services and tools. Developers can think about services like Tenderly, which helps them debug and monitor smart contracts, or for example dapp creation platform Moralis. 

Easy for everybody

zkSync doesn’t only want to make development easier on their platform, but also the user experience. Thanks to paymaster and account abstraction, the end user can experience blockchain technology without having to deal with the complexity of wallets, private keys and gas fees. 

Account abstraction allows developers to make a wallet into a smart contract, we also name this a ‘smart contract account’. This would allow a project owner to for example set a limit on the gas fees spent in the project. This is also where paymaster comes into play, because paymaster allows users to pay fees with any given ERC20 token. 

In the end, the user may be able to pay for gas fees through the transaction costs for the purchase, which can happen in USDT or any other token. Moreover, developers can create a system where they pay for all the gas fees inside their project, while limiting the ability for users to spam the service. 

Native account abstraction is a killer feat for developers and users alike. You can already try it out through Clave Wallet or Holdstation. Furthermore, Holdstation also offers futures trading, for which it uses a smart contract wallet powered by native account abstraction. 

Developers interested in paymasters, should take a look at Zyfi. They offer Paymaster-as-a-Service, allowing any token to be used as a gas fee. Various projects already utilize Paymasters. For example, gaming platform CryptoMaze allows users of certain NFT collections to utilize the platform without paying gas fees. While Tevaera enables NFT traders to pay gas fees using a variety of cryptocurrencies. These unique features ensure that zkSync offers developers and users benefits not seen natively on other chains.

Closing words

Developing on zkSync isn’t anything different from working on Ethereum or other Layer-2 networks. However, the experience for the end users has the potential to be incredibly smooth. This promise paves the way for a bright future. Development doesn’t get more complicated, but instead becomes very welcoming, while developers can give the user an experience unlike anything they’ve ever experienced before. 

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