The beta version adds support for Feeds and Single-Owner Chunks along with Balance, Chequebook and Settlement APIs.
You can download it from here:
Here is the detailed changelog:
We also get a lot of questions about our future plans, so we thought it’s high time to write about them.
At the moment, there are two research areas that we are focusing on: providing higher level APIs for app developers and a browser extension for Swarm-enabled dapps.
Higher level API
The higher level API will support features which are not currently available through the Bee API or not easy to use. Such features are, for example, manifests, ACLs, client-side encryption, decentralized identity handling and a default key exchange protocol.
Later, on top of these features, we are planning to build an even higher level abstraction layer, which is often asked for by developers first trying to build decentralized applications. This higher level library (dubbed Dapp DB) includes features such as a key/value database with collections, indexing & querying. It will provide a data-mapping layer and access control to easily integrate with existing application data models. Also, we plan to include messaging protocols as basic building blocks to facilitate making social and sharing applications (forums, chat, photo albums etc.).
Swarm browser extension
Our other ongoing effort is a swarm browser extension, which we currently use as a research vehicle to find out the limitations of the current browsers and provide potential answers and direction for creating a new model for dApps. Everyone is welcome to raise issues and contribute to the future decentralized application environment by having a conversation with us!
We are actively working on adding protocol handling for the bzz protocol. The extension will inject swarm API for Dapps, providing convenient access and security as well. It will manage network connections (local, gateway etc.) and handle different identities.
We continuously feedback the results of our work to the Bee Go team and provide proposals on API changes and new features in order to make Swarm a great platform for dApps.
There are so many ideas in this space but too little time so we need to strictly prioritize what we are working on. Fortunately, there are many promising projects and talented individuals pushing the boundaries, so we are actively looking for collaborations with others and build solutions together in an open manner.
That said, we have some projects in mind that we are considering pursuing in the future, after we have reached the milestones described above.
For example, we have done some exploratory work regarding how gateways could be used to help transition users to a decentralized model or just to provide alternate business models. This includes incentivizing gateways, providing ways to identify users and enable balance, payment support, and micro transactions for certain web and mobile use-cases.
If any of these sound interesting to you, don’t hesitate to contact us on our official tech support channel on Discord.