I'm a developer looking into starting my first dApp project. I've been waiting for Cardano to release smart contracts due to Ethereum's insane gas fees and low transaction throughput.

I recently discovered another blockchain (Solana) that already supports smart contracts and has even cheaper transaction fees and very high transaction throughput. Since it's not even possible for me to build my project on Cardano at this moment, and my original reasons for considering Cardano were low fees and high TPS, I'm beginning to consider building on the Solana platform instead.

I'd like to get your insights on what unique advantages Cardano offers over other platforms before making my decision.

  • You will probably get better answers to this opinion question on reddit.com/r/CardanoDevelopers You will get a wider variety of responses than here.
    – gRebel
    May 4, 2021 at 9:27

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I recently discovered Solana too and found that it has awesome speed. Here are my thoughts from a little review:

  • Decentralized limit: Hardware recommended requirements for Solana nodes are pretty advanced which limits the amount of nodes that can be run.
  • Speed: Project Hydra from Cardano has a theoretical limit of 1M TPS acheiving 1/10 of that will still be significant.
  • Adoption: Its not always just about technology, I like IOG approach to get adoption with deals. Even if the Africa deal falls through they are still pursuing other opportunities.
  • Transparency: I honestly couldnt find any way to actually connect with the people behind Solara. It just looks like they are popping out high performance tools. I do wonder if there is a tradeoff being done for speed.

Finally, I really like the goal of Cardano which is about making the world a better place by building for the globe.

Most of the crypto ecosystem is mainly in first world countries.

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    The transparency part seems to be the biggest one for me. It seems like there was/is some controversy with how they dealt with the token distribution. Apr 28, 2021 at 18:15
  • I do want to invest into it, however I like being a part of a community building together rather than investing for the purpose of price sky rocketing. If you find anything that makes you want to get involved with solara, please do share!
    – CosmicCat
    May 2, 2021 at 23:20
  • Research papers and correctness proofs
  • Transparency

The first will be hard for other chains to reproduce, though some of the results are not specific to Cardano / Ouroboros so they could be adopted by other chains.

The second is an on-going process and it would be possible for another chain to surpass Cardano either due to governance failures in Cardano or exceptional transparency of the other chain, but I don't belive this has yet (2021-04-28) happened.

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