Know everything about Substrate

The substrate is a framework for the quick creation of complete blockchains and decentralized applications (dApps). It is an open-source technology used to build blockchains and customize them with maximum technical freedom and flexibility.

Substrate promotes the direct creation of and migration to Polkadot parachains. It is gaining much popularity because of its leisure and good results. It is reliable, stable, and fast at the same time. We will get to see in the future how it will eventually handle blockchain development projects.

In this blog, we are going to explore the Substrate blockchain framework, how to develop a custom blockchain with a substrate, and what its relation with Polkadot is. So, let’s get down to business.

What is Substrate?

The substrate is a blockchain development framework developed by Parity technologies that enables software developers to build decentralized systems.

Substrate features include safe and scalable blockchain logic, a rich user experience for any chain, compatibility with the polkadot ecosystem, and support for other smart contract platforms such as the Ethereum Virtual Machine.

Substrate exhibits an efficient database that developers can leverage to run and maintain blockchain-based applications. All substrate-based chains are compatible with Polkadot and Kusama, providing para-chain permit to a rich, interoperable ecosystem of applications and resources.

Substrate-based blockchain

Substrate enables the creation of specialized blockchains for any use case and was used by Parity technologies itself to develop Polkadot, which declares its high level of performance, flexibility, and robustness.

While Substrate can be used to create any type of blockchain, not just Polkadot Parachains, connecting to Polkadot brings several benefits, including built-in security, cross-chain interoperability, and support for Polkadot's platform, application, and access to a developing ecosystem of the user.

Substrate and Polkadot

Substrate-based chains are compatible with becoming para-chains to integrate into Polkadot or Kusama. Essentially, Substrate is the software development kit with which parachains can be built and a means of securing Polkadot chains and allowing them to communicate with each other.

However, although they are synergistic, Polkadot and Substrate do not depend on each other. Polkadot para chains can be created and protected without tickling Substrate (although alternative software options for doing so are currently limited) and chains designed with Substrate need not be connected to Polkadot or Kusama. Substrate-based chains can exist as 'single chains' on an independent basis.

Benefits of Polkadot

Easily manage infrastructure and react to improving network dynamics.

Optimize uptime and participation.

Contributing to betting and ensuring the network without access to a Stash account.

Reduce the risk of breaks by distributing tasks across multiple nodes.

Access data from the Polkadot blockchain to evaluate trends and build powerful applications.

Stake the tokens with Bison Trail's non-custodial Polkadot validators.

Building a blockchain with Substrate

Substrate allows you to build your blockchain with widely used and tested technologies.

Forkless upgrades are possible.

Smart contract ready: Substrate assists numerous smart contract platforms.

Easily create custom functionalities.

It has a multi-layered architecture that allows you to choose between the ease of development and technical freedom.

Natively compatible with Polkadot and Kusama.

Substrate blockchain framework

Projects built using Substrate can be easily set up on the Polkadot ecosystem, allowing them to take advantage of the growing network to drive wider application adoption.

Anyone can build a new blockchain with the Substrate Framework. However, their DApps will still be similar to Polkadot as they are built on the same framework. Broadly speaking, Substrate has mostly been used to build projects that advance the Polkadot ecosystem.

Why is substrate the best technology to build with now and in the future?

Explore Tools

While some tools have been documented more extensively such as a subquery, memory profiling, and try runtime, many additional tools exist that have yet to be integrated into Substrate's documentation hub.

Light client based

The light client allows you to interact with the blockchain in a less resource-intensive way. Because they can promptly connect to a blockchain and run in browsers and mobiles and across multiple devices, convenient clients are stable enough to power the future of decentralized applications.

Forkless upgrades

Polkadot's option to go forkless also addresses the issue of forks with multiple upgrades, which has caused frustration within the community as some upgrade suggestions have been delayed or even ignored. This allows network maintainers to leverage the capabilities of the blockchain for reliable, decentralized consensus to securely increase runtime.

As a matter of fact,

Any blockchain created on Substrate can be easily migrated to the Polkadot Parachain. So the speed and convenience of substrate evolution can be increased by the network effect.

We hope you can see why we say that Substrate is a protractible, modular, and open-source platform for developing blockchain systems. At every point in the substrate growth process, maintaining that things are simple has been a priority. Subsequently, Substrate can be used as a platform to build future technologies. Substrate is a tool that can certainly change the blockchain development process.

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