Crypto developer activity: Cardano in the lead
Crypto developer activity: Cardano in the lead

Crypto developer activity: Cardano in the lead

By Marco Cavicchioli - 26 May 2020

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Cardano is the crypto project with the highest developer activity over the past 30 days. 

This is revealed by a graph published by DAO Maker, and made using data extrapolated from Santiment

The so-called Developer Activity is one of the metrics monitored by Santiment, and is processed from the activities that are carried out on the public GitHub repositories of every single project that has one. 

Since these activities generally have a significant influence, they can be used to assess how much effort a project puts into creating working products or in its continuous updates.

This metric measures in particular the number of events recorded in a given period of time.

When developers encapsulate code changes in commits, they are recorded and publicly counted, but this parameter alone can give false data, for example in the case of forks that inherit commits from other projects. 

Santiment instead keeps track of the number of GitHub events generated by the project, seeing that not only the commit push generates them. 

For example, these are also generated by recording a problem, the pull request, comments, forking, starring and watching activities of a repository, among many others.

Using this data, DAO Maker (not to be confused with MakerDAO) has created a data graph for the last 30 days. 

At the top, there is the Cardano project, with the ADA crypto, with an average Developer Activity value of 450.53. 

In second place at the moment there is the Kusama project, with 320, while in third and fourth place there are respectively Ethereum and Gnosis, with 262 and 240. 

Then, with less than 200, Status, Nervos Network, Solana, Elrond, Ark and Cosmos

It is worth mentioning that, for example, Bitcoin’s data on Santiment’s Developer Activity are not available, nor are those of XRP. 

To tell the truth, of the projects of the first ten cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, only the data of Ethereum are available, since ADA is currently in eleventh place. 

What is certainly most surprising is the fact that Ethereum is only third, with an average volume of events that is not much more than half that of Cardano. 

Moreover, the second place of Kusama is very surprising, which although part of the Polkadot project has a cryptocurrency with a very low market capitalization. 


Marco Cavicchioli

Born in 1975, Marco has been the first to talk about Bitcoin on YouTube in Italy. He founded and the Facebook group" Bitcoin Italia (open and without scam) ".

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