Ankr's Winter Reading List: Catch Up On This Season's Blockchain Bites

Kevin Dwyer

Kevin Dwyer

December 22, 2023

4 min read

In Brief

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    As winter break takes hold and snowflakes swirl outside, why not grab your hot drink of choice, settle in, and let Ankr guide you through the Web3 wonderland?  Whether you're curled up by the fireplace or taking a break at the office, Ankr has curated a winter reading list to keep you updated on the industry’s latest.

    Check out some of this season’s most popular posts:

    1. The State of Layer 2 Scaling and What the Future May Hold

    This year has seen massive growth for Ethereum’s Layer 2 ecosystem, with new developments emerging at a rapid pace. The number of Layer 2 projects has exploded, with dozens of different protocols now available. This article will take a look at some top stats and developments of 2023 and trends we may see more of.

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    2. All About Ankr Verify, Our Newest Product

    Ankr Verify offers any blockchain or dApp the ability to define requirements for entry or use thanks to zero-knowledge user identity verification. Ankr Verify will be very important for enterprise compliance when rolling out blockchain initiatives, as it allows organizations to meet the KYC requirements of their country or jurisdiction without sacrificing user privacy.

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    3. AnkrETH on EigenLayer: A New Era for Liquid Staking Tokens

    December 18th marked a pivotal day for ankrETH users, as they gained the opportunity to restake their tokens within the EigenLayer framework. Restaking caps for Liquid Staking Tokens (LSTs) will also be expanded to 500k, thus enabling the restake of the newly integrated LSTs, where ankrETH is included.

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    4. Learn About Ankr’s Upcoming Hackathon in 2024

    Ankr, zkSync, and Homeless Ventures announced that we’ve teamed up to launch a hackathon & incubation program to incentivize creativity & developer growth! In early 2024, the hackathon will commence as builders will use Ankr’s blockchain infrastructure to build on top of the zkSync blockchain.

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    5. What Is Rollup-as-a-Service (RaaS) In Web3?

    RaaS providers are companies that offer a platform for developers to deploy and manage their own custom rollups. This produces a dedicated blockchain for their dApp or project to run on, meaning they don’t have to compete for traffic from the hundreds or thousands of other dApps running on public blockchains like Ethereum or Polygon. Learn more about RaaS in this article.

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    6. Using Account Abstraction To Enhance the Web3 Experience

    Account abstraction is a relatively new concept to Web3. However, it’s been a key narrative of 2023 as it has the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with blockchain networks. In essence, account abstraction allows users to use smart contract wallets as their accounts, rather than relying on traditional crypto wallets known as externally owned accounts. Learn more about using account abstraction to redefine Web3 development in this article.

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    7. AI & Blockchain: Use Cases for Complementary Technologies

    While AI and blockchain are distinct technologies, they have the potential to be used together to create powerful new applications. AI can be used to improve the performance and scalability of blockchain networks, while blockchain can be used to secure AI systems and data. This article takes a look at some of the most pertinent use cases being explored by the tech industry:

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    8. What Are RPC Nodes and Endpoints? The Complete Guide [2023]

    When diving into the world of blockchain development, you’ll soon come across a variety of confusing acronyms. This article tackles one of the most common terms you may come across on your builder journey: RPC. Remote Procedure Calls are like the secret handshake of distributed systems. Learn more about how they help developers build the future of Web3.

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    This winter, as you enjoy the holidays and embrace the spirit of exploration, let Ankr's curated reading list be your companion. Immerse yourself in the latest insights, trends, and innovations across the blockchain and web3 landscape.

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