Circle’s new services help Web2 developers shift to Web3

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Circle has updated its suite of services designed to empower developers with the tools necessary to seamlessly transition from Web2 to Web3.

The most recent updates, Gas Station and Smart Contract Platform, aim to tackle some of the major obstacles hindering mainstream adoption of blockchain technology.

Gas Station: Improving gas fee management

Managing gas fees has long been a daunting task for developers and users alike. Circle’s Gas Station aims to eliminate this challenge by abstracting the blockchain network fees (gas) experience. Developers no longer need to wrestle with gas tokens while creating and testing their applications.

Gas Station allows developers to sponsor gas tokens on EVM-compatible Layer 2 chains, ensuring a gas-free user experience. This innovation not only simplifies the development process but also enhances the user experience by removing the need for users to exit an app to acquire tokens for transaction fees.

To set up Gas Station, developers can configure Paymaster policies, specifying parameters such as transaction value limits and daily gas expense limits. By activating the paymaster with their credit card, developers can streamline the entire process, accelerating app development and delivering a seamless experience for end-users.

Smart Contract Platform: Unlocking the power of smart contracts

Smart contracts, the backbone of blockchain-based applications, often require specialised skills to develop and deploy. Circle’s Smart Contract Platform aims to bridge this knowledge gap, enabling developers to easily embed contract interactions in their applications.

By simplifying the deployment and interaction with smart contracts, developers can unlock a myriad of possibilities—from enabling e-commerce businesses to convert loyalty points into cryptocurrencies, to facilitating automated royalty sharing between brands and creators.

The platform offers support for Ethereum, Polygon, and Avalanche, with more networks slated to be added soon. Developers can import standardised contracts from libraries such as ThirdWeb and OpenZepplin or leverage battle-tested code from established protocols like Uniswap and Compound.

Developers can also leverage pre-audited contract templates for various use cases to help them focus on innovation.

Circle’s vision for the future

With these updates, Circle reaffirms its commitment to advancing Web3 technology. By simplifying complex processes, Circle empowers developers to create blockchain-powered applications without the hassle of intricate technicalities.

As the world of blockchain continues to evolve, Circle stands as a beacon guiding developers towards a future where Web3 technology is accessible and user-friendly.

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