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Cardano (ADA) Developers Ramp Up Efforts Despite DeFi Downturn

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In Brief

  • Cardano's leads the developer activity among blockchain networks, boasting an average of 449 daily GitHub commits.
  • Still, Cardano's decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem is experiencing a noticeable downturn in engagement.
  • Cardano DeFi holds a total value locked (TVL) of $356 million worth of digital assets, led by the Indigo Protocol.
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Recent research indicates that Cardano boasts the most substantial developer activity among blockchains. Despite this, a noticeable gap exists between this vibrant activity and its decentralized finance ecosystem.

Blockchain analytics platform Santiment’s latest crypto development activity list included some surprising networks.

Cardano Leads in GitHub Commits

On-chain data shows that Cardano saw an average of 449 daily developments in the last 30 days on GitHub. Developer activity is a crucial gauge of a network’s dedication to enhancement. It measures the attention, resources, and expertise to improve a blockchain.

Notably, when developers introduce new features and broadens its capabilities despite a market downturn, it bolsters investor confidence in its enduring sustainability.

Cardano Developer Activity
Blockchain Network Developer Activity. Source: CryptoDiffer

Other notable networks that saw notable activities included Hedera, Polkadot, and Cosmos, with about 282, 281, and 280 development activities. Interestingly, Cardano’s figure exceeded Ethereum’s, which only saw an average of 183 GitHub commits.  

ADA’s DeFi Ecosystem Slows Down

Despite this surge in GitHub commits, Cardano’s decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem faces a downturn in engagement. It has experienced relatively subdued network activity since the year began.

Data from DeFiLlama indicates a mere 0.62% rise in th Cardano’s DeFI ecosystem within the last 24 hours.

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Cardano DEX activity
Cardano DEX Activity. Source: DeFillama

Further analysis unveils a significant 21.58% decline in trading volume within the network, with approximately $6.87 million traded in the last 24 hours and $67.72 million in the last seven days. Moreover, stablecoin transfers on the network has seen a downturn of about 9.15% over the past week.

Cardano’s DeFi landscape currently holds a total value locked of $356.54 million, predominantly led by Indigo, capturing 23.94% of the share. Notably, Indigo’s dominance coincides with anticipation surrounding the protocol’s V2 launch, highlighting the evolving dynamics within Cardano’s DeFi space.

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Oluwapelumi Adejumo
Oluwapelumi believes Bitcoin and blockchain technology have the potential to change the world for the better. He is an avid reader and began writing about crypto in 2020.