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Cardano Takes Lead in Development Activity Amidst Crypto Market Decline

Amidst the recent downturn in the cryptocurrency market, Cardano (ADA) has emerged as the leader in development activity, surpassing other major players like Polkadot and Ethereum.

Onchain analytics firm Santiment released a tweet today, revealing the top coins by development activity over the past 30 days, with Cardano claiming the top spot among 2500 assets.

The firm reported that ADA secured the leading position in noteworthy GitHub commits over the past month, outpacing contenders like Polkadot and Kusama Network. Notably, Ethereum, usually a frontrunner in the cryptocurrency space, surprisingly landed at No. 10. 

Moreover, even with a minor decrease in developer activity compared to the last two or so months, Cardano has consistently maintained its leading position since late November. The analytics firm further emphasized its back-tested process, ensuring that only significant efforts by project teams to innovate and improve are included in the rankings.

Supporting this development, a crypto development report by Electric Capital, released last Thursday, highlighted the growth in the developer population and their production in the last two to three years. The report underscored the flourishing ecosystem, citing increasing Total Value Locked (TVL), a booming decentralized finance (DeFi) sector, and the regular launch of new projects.

Adding to Cardano’s positive momentum is the latest weekly development report. Released on January 19, the report underscored ongoing strides in implementing new features aimed at enhancing smart contract execution. Other noteworthy mentions included advancements in Hydra scaling, with a specific emphasis on the sustained commitment to furthering Voltaire’s development.

Additionally, the statistics provided in the report are impressive, showcasing the robustness of the Cardano ecosystem. With 9.45 million projects launched so far, 6,332 native tokens and over 18,000 Plutus scripts, Cardano stands out as a platform with a multitude of ongoing projects. The network has also processed a total of 83.4 million transactions to date, marking a significant increase from 59.4 million transactions a year ago in the same period.

That said, despite this positive development activity, ADA, the native token for the Cardano network, experienced a decline in value on Tuesday amid a broader crypto market meltdown led by Bitcoin. After surging over 174% last year, ADA has recoiled by over 30% since December 23 and was trading at $0.45, reflecting a 7.52% drop in the past 24 hours.

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