Named LiquidJS, it was developed and announced by pTokens, an interoperability project working to bring assets cross-chain. The open-source library simplifies access to the Liquid Network for external applications, with no requirements of setting up dedicated nodes.
He explained that the Liquid library enables a wide range of uses, including easy integration with wallets. Currently very few providers support Liquid, and Blockstream Green is the only software wallet available to average users. But the libraryâ€™s capabilities go beyond that:
â€œIt can also be used with DApps – financial tools, swaps, private transactions etc. For example, this library will enable interoperability projects like pTokens to add support for Liquid Network.â€�
In a conversation with Cointelegraph, Blockstream marketing director Neil Woodfine said that â€œbased on the popularity of BitcoinJS over the last few years, LiquidJS should further accelerate the deployment of Liquid applications.â€�
He also explained that Blockstreamâ€™s focus right now is on â€œcore technology that strengthens the foundations of the Liquid Network,â€� mentioning an upcoming upgrade to a dynamic validator federation.
Liquid to connect with other networks
The Liquid Network is commonly referred to as a sidechain of Bitcoin (BTC), as it uses a bridged version of Bitcoin as its native currency. While its primary purpose is to enable quick BTC transfers between exchanges, its assets feature is being used by a game developer to create non-fungible tokens.
Liquid is in many ways an upgraded version of Bitcoin as it is built on its code base. It features faster block times and transaction finality, confidential transactions for privacy, and native support for custom tokens. In addition, a much more advanced scripting language is scheduled for release this year.
Bertani said that the creation of the library was motivated by pTokensâ€™ wish to â€œcontribute to the ecosystem beyond our own solution alone.â€� But he also revealed that the team will make use of the library to bring currencies from other chains to Liquid.
Woodfine said that the company is welcoming support for additional blockchains:
â€œThere are already a few wrapped tokens starting to emerge on the network. Weâ€™re expecting pTokens work to accelerate this trend and introduce some interesting trust-minimized models for importing existing assets to the Liquid Network.â€�
He suggested that the primary use case for these additional tokens would be for trading on exchanges, similar to how it works for BTC.
Nevertheless, the libraryâ€™s potential seems to go beyond simply transferring tokens. While Liquid is positioned as a settlement layer, many of its features support use cases similar to smart contract platforms. However, some criticize Liquidâ€™s approach given the networkâ€™s high degree of centralization.
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