New User-Friendly Explorer for EOS Developers Released By Block.one

Omar Faridi

Block.one, a Cayman Islands-registered firm focused on publishing open-source software for EOS, one of the largest cryptoasset platforms for building and deploying decentralized applications (dApps), have released the EOSIO Explorer.

Improving Developer Experience With New Web-based Explorer

As explained in a blog post published on May 21st, 2019 by Block.one, the EOSIO Explorer is a new web-based graphical user interface (GUI) which has been designed to “improve the developer experience.”

According to Block.one, the newly developed Explorer will make it easier for EOS software architects to “interact [with] and monitor” dApps being built on the zero-fee smart contract platform.

“Easily Explore Blocks In Their Development Nodes”

As noted in EOSIO’s blog, developers had been using a command-line interface (CLI)-based software tool kit to manage EOS-based apps. Although the CLI provided a “functional” environment for developers, Block.one’s blog explained that working through a CLI is not user-friendly. It is also more difficult for developers who may not have enough experience working in more traditional CLI environments, Block.one’s management stated.

According to Block.one:

Using the EOSIO Explorer and their browser, developers can now easily explore blocks in their development nodes, create and manage their development accounts and keys, [and] quickly generate new transactions or resend transactions sent previously.”

Designed To “Reduce EOSIO App Development Time”

The developers at Block.one also mentioned that uploading smart contracts through a “graphical drag-and-drop interface” will make it more intuitive to create dApps on EOS

As noted in Block.one’s blog, the latest web-based software tools have been created to help developers ”reduce EOSIO app development time through a number of ways and makes EOSIO smart contract development more accessible to a diverse cohort of developers.”

New SDKs Supporting Java And Swift Programming Languages

Notably, Block.one has also released new software development kits (SDKs) to support Java and Swift programming languages on the EOS blockchain.

Per Block.one's development team:

The tools [have] been built with developers and development teams in mind, supporting both smart contract developers and front-end EOSIO app developers. Teams are able to work together using the EOSIO Explorer via the local single-node testnet that the tool provides.