Do you want to learn to work with the Libra blockchain from Facebook? Do it with zombies.
Facebook announced in June its plan to create a new global stable currency along with dozens of partners from major companies.
“We went to a Libra meeting in Bangkok and 100 developers came out and none of them were blockchain people,” Loom CEO Matthew Campbell told CoinDesk, adding:
“We really think this is the project that will bring a lot more normal developers into the blockchain space.”
As an Asia-based company, Campbell and his colleagues have seen WeChat and Alipay dominate digital payments. As such, Campbell believes that “there will be an equivalently large wave” in the West, adding that he suspects mobile payments are seen as a decisive feature within Facebook.
While the CryptoZombies Libra tutorial is not the first place to learn about development in the new blockchain, it has the advantage of being online and being free.
What to expect
Loom is a company that focuses on improving the experience of the blockchain developer, particularly in the gaming space.
The company’s theory is that the games will take users to cryptography and, in turn, Loom uses games to guide students online through coding lessons.
“We are going to make you play a small game, and you are going to have a small payment system in the game,” Campbell said.
Receiving and sending payments is the main part of what Calibra, a subsidiary of Facebook, has presented for the Libra code base so far. Users running Libra in a test network can also create tokens. The virtual machine, however, is not ready yet. Therefore, there is a fair amount that users can do, but many still cannot.
Like Loom’s CryptoZombies for ethereum program (which has been used by thousands of developers), the company plans to launch more units as more Libra code comes out.
Participants who register now can expect to learn about these initial functions and get the basics of Facebook’s new programming language, Move.
Campbell said that each chapter generally requires writing about 15 or less lines of code. Learning modules are meant to be easy to digest.
Why did Loom build it?
“For us, it’s all about the incorporation of developers,” Campbell told CoinDesk. “The Loom chain has to do with interoperability. We already support four chains. We see Libra as one more chain that we are going to support. ”
Loom is a layer 2 solution that allows developers to avoid scalability problems or bottlenecks in the block chains of the base layer by downloading operations to their own delegated chain of participation test. Its validators bet the loom token to participate in its consensus model and the company is now working to take that ERC-20 token only to a multi-chain token, in chains such as Binance and, hopefully, Libra.
“We will teach a group of people how to use Libra and they will be aware of Loom and will want to use our platform together with Libra,” Campbell said.
Campbell said that while Libra is built so that it supports multiple signatures where only part of the validators have to sign for a transaction to be valid, Loom will be able to execute its token in Libra.
Despite skepticism about Facebook’s efforts to date, Campbell is eager to see what happens when Libra enters nature. He said:
“This isn’t the crypto we wanted, but it’s going to get everybody started. I think it’s going to be the gateway drug that we needed to get people into other cryptos.”
Zombie selfie image via Shutterstock