Weekly Updates

A Look at Tezos Training Courses and Resources

This week, we explored some of the Tezos training courses and resources that are available to the community and broader public. These resources are essential to the continued growth of the Tezos ecosystem, and we want to make sure that all community members are aware of the exciting offerings available to them.

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This week, we wanted to highlight the wide range of training courses and other resources available for developers of all experience levels to dive into the Tezos project. Ever since the early days of the Tezos project, the Foundation has prioritized easily-accessible and interactive introductory courses that bring new developers into the ecosystem to drive forward development and adoption of the Tezos blockchain.

In addition to the 1,300+ developers trained in 2019 as part of the Foundation’s 1,000 Devs initiative, we support a diverse mixture of introductory courses, developer trainings, and other resources to bolster the Tezos developer community. For those who want to receive an introduction to writing smart contracts on Tezos, Blockmatics offers a self-paced online developer course that teaches the basics of SmartPy and the SmartPy IDE and lets students compile and deploy smart contracts to a Tezos testnet. Tezos Academy, another excellent introduction to Tezos smart contracts created by the OCTO Technology team, hosts a fun interactive tutorial to the LIGO language.

If you’re interested in Dapp development, the BUIDL Labs team created Cryptoverse Wars, an interactive code school to build Dapps on Tezos using SmartPy. Furthermore, as mentioned in last week’s ecosystem grants announcement, we’re excited to support two new training resources. Tezos Kitchen by the Stove Labs team will be a comprehensive and up-to-date curriculum of content where developers can learn how Tezos can be utilized for a variety of use-cases. Users will be able to learn new and existing concepts via workshops, interact with a Tezos wiki, and play around with templates to deploy smart contracts to the Tezos network. Lastly, with Tezos Labs, the Baking Bad team will create an interactive Tezos developer training program to help onboard more developers to the Tezos ecosystem. 

Finally, entities from the entire Tezos ecosystem contributed their own workshop webinars as part of the Tezos + CoinList Hackathon that wrapped up earlier in July. Hackathon partners included Baking Bad, Beacon, Cryptonomic, the LIGO team, Magic, SmartPy, Stove Labs, Tezos Taquito, Tezos Commons, Truffle, and TQ Tezos. Each of these resources and training courses delivers immense value to the Tezos ecosystem through education, community building, and development. We encourage anyone who is interested in the Tezos project to engage with these courses and join the community so that we can build a stronger ecosystem together.

Additional Ecosystem Updates:

There have been a number of scams circulating recently in the Tezos ecosystem, many of which involve using malicious domains including but not limited to: tezosweb[.]info, tezosweb[.]org, tezbox[.]io, tezbos[.]net, tezoswebwallet[.]com. If you identify a scam or scam domain, you should immediately report it to [email protected].

Additionally, last week we announced our fourth cohort of ecosystem grants as well as some updates to the grantmaking process. Below is a summary of additional updates from around the ecosystem:


Why is there not one developer in the foundation council? Do you not think it is important to have someone with deep technical knowledge to be in the leadership and not just in an advisory role?

Absolutely. TF is actively recruiting at least one additional council member with deep technical expertise. We are currently in the final stages of the selection process and expect to have this completed by the end of September. 


Can we get an official wallet with dapps and relevant node and staking info? If possible, even a conversion system in wallet to convert imported coins directly into Tezos without relying on a separate exchange?

Given that Tezos is a decentralized project, there isn’t an “official wallet” for the Tezos ecosystem. There are a number of software and hardware wallets built exclusively for Tezos that are currently available to use including Galleon, Magma, and Kukai. Tezos users are also able to use a variety of other wallets for Tezos including Ledger, ZenGo, and Trezor. That being said, we are always evaluating our funding priorities and have allocated further funds for additional wallets to make Tezos even more accessible.


Can TF fund projects to bridge ERC20 tokens to Tezos? Cardano is already trying to do this.

Yes, the Foundation could absolutely fund projects like these and welcomes such proposals. We continue to fund the Madfish Solutions team with a project to make it easier for developers to migrate Solidity (Ethereum) smart contracts to LIGO (Tezos). Visit this page for more information on this project.


Has the foundation had any applications for CDP smart contracts? Something like MakerDAO. Has the foundation funded any of these projects?

Yes, the Foundation has received grant applications for projects similar to MakerDAO and other popular Ethereum-based DeFi applications. We recognize the importance and potential of these novel applications and are eager to support the very best teams building in these areas. As discussed in this Tezos Agora thread about gas costs of contract interactions and the recent audit of DEXter by Trail of Bits, such applications like these are non-trivial to develop scalably and securely on Tezos today. As such, our current approach is to support teams improving core infrastructure necessary for such efforts and be selective and continue to search for top teams to support in this category.

One of these projects that we have funded and are super excited about is DEXter by the camlCase team. DEXter is a Uniswap-like decentralized exchange protocol that will facilitate automated asset exchange of Tezos and Tezos-based assets (tokens). For more information on the camlCase team and DEXter, check out this recent TQuorum session with founder and team lead, Tyler Clark.

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