Cross-Chain Bridges Unlock New Innovation
Having the right Cross-Chain bridge developers for your project will allow you and your customers to take advantage of greater efficiencies and ease of use than you might otherwise be able to achieve.
Experience with bridge development
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Focus on Security & Maintainability
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Having an experienced team of cross-chain bridge developers can provide you with secure and maintainable cross-chain capabilities more easily than you might otherwise attain. The contribution from an on-the-ground architectural perspective can provide the foresight that has your bridge deliver near term while leaving pathways for expansion as your needs evolve.
The use cases vary – and understanding yours can make a big difference in how your cross-chain capabilities are developed. A great cross-chain development team can make a huge difference in building a secure and maintainable bridge.
What type of a bridge does your application need?
The approach you take for your cross-chain bridge depends upon your project’s needs and goals – both near and long term.
Think about a synthetic bridge – where tokens are not actually getting locked, minted, and burned – for example, an application-specific bridge that allows for token distribution and management across the EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machine) blockchains that the application provides and manages on behalf of your users. This is an “ETH” compatible blockchain-specific approach.
In this model, you’ve got to have liquidity on the different chains that will be bridged to/from. An Application-specific bridge implementation can be a simpler and less-expensive architecture than a lock/burn/mint bridge architecture.
In addition to the bridge, in this scenario, you’ll want to make sure that enough liquidity is maintained on the specific chains so the cross chain balancing can work. The “rebalancing” can be done manually, but as an app grows, you’ll want to set up listener smart contracts that can increase liquidity if it gets below a certain threshold.
Whether you need that done on Day 1 is a decision point, not a necessity – and understanding the architecture and need can help you design what you need – and what you can leave open as a future growth path.
Should your cross-chain bridge utilize an interoperability protocol?
We’ve explored a little of bridging EVM compatible blockchains in a pretty straight-forward manner. But what about bridging to other blockchains that are not EVM compatible?
There are protocols and chains that are also creating protocols for handling how to bridge assets between any other blockchain. Here’s a brief outline of the top protocols:
- Cosmos is building “the internet of blockchains” connected by the Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC) protocol.
- Polkadot is also creating an interoperable network of blockchains through their parachain and parathread architecture. Their protocol is the Cross-Consensus Message Protocol (XCMP) as the key to making the parachains interoperable.
- MAP Protocol aims be the secure end-to-end solution for any blockchain resident to move and exchange assets freely and quickly. The architecture has three layers: a Blockchain that will act as the “infrastructure freeway” that will connect all kinds of blockchains, an Assets layer that will allow all types of assets to be mapped to the MAP chain via smart contract, and a DeFi application layer that will allow all types of Dapps (DEX’s, games, NFTs, etc) can be built with cross-chain capabilities via the MAP chain and MAP assets layer.
While these protocols can connect disparate blockchains, and are not limited to EVM-compatible blockchains, the connection to each chain where connection is desired, that “bridge” must be constructed using whichever protocol standard is chosen. Given the 40+ bridge protocols that are in development, choosing the “winner” will be tough – so how will it all shake out? Stay tuned!
Augment with experienced bridge developers
Augmenting your dev team with cross-chain bridge expert developers can be your safety valve to ensuring that your project will have a bridge that can achieve near term results for your project, while keeping an eye towards the ongoing evolution of cross-chain bridge protocols and standards.