In the first two articles I wrote on XCM, I introduced the basics of its design and versioning structure. In this article, we will take a deeper look into its underlying design and execution model. …


In the first article I wrote on XCM, I introduced its basic architecture, goals and how it could be used for some simple use cases. …


As the final Polkadot 1.0 release, complete with Parachains draws close, the Cross-Consensus Messaging format, XCM for short, is approaching its first production-ready release. This is an introduction to the format, its goals, how it works and can be used to achieve typical cross-chain tasks.

One fun fact to begin…


The first real-world functional parachain Statemine, began processing permissionless transactions after an on-chain upgrade last week. After some smooth running over the weekend, the time is coming to move to the next stage: slot auctions. …


The staged launch of Polkadot is about to reach another chapter. As we approach the launch of Parachain functionality and the auctions and crowd-loans behind them, let’s look at what’s coming.

The launch of Polkadot began around ten months ago with the first four phases; the last — a move…


Despite being a tough year for pretty much everyone (with the possible exception of Amazon and takeaways), the Polkadot network and community is coming out of 2020 with the wind very much behind its sails. …


Two weeks ago we started the first vote on the fledgling Polkadot network. That vote has just ended and the results are clear.

With a turnout just shy of one third of the tokens, the recent Polkadot redenomination poll was a major result for stakeholder decision-making. …


Polkadot just moved into Phase 3; Phase 4 will be coming later today. Here’s what’s happening…

Unlike any other blockchain to date, Polkadot’s launch process is a multi-stage affair, phased over several weeks, where pieces of new functionality are added, piecemeal, until the initial “production version” is hit. I use…


Polkadot is on the cusp of launch and the DOT holders must move to elect the first Polkadot council.

It has been a busy week already, with the first vote started on Polkadot to finally determine how many Planck we shall place in a standard DOT. As that continues, a…


A vote has been started that will alter the course of Polkadot and define the final denomination of its native DOT token. It affects all Polkadot stakeholders. If you have claimed your DOT on the mainnet, or you plan to, then you can — and should! — vote.

Two months…

Gavin Wood

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