Fellow Plutus Pioneer here.
Besides following the lectures closely and doing the homework (potentially several times), I would recommend digging into the actual plutus project, go through the source and find your way around. As you know, plutus is currently being developed, so any videos, articles, and documents (even comments in the source code itself) can ...
Cardano's Gougen era, which is the era that will enable what is generally understood as smart contract capabilities comparable to Ethereum's, consists of three major Hard Fork Combinator (HFC) events:
Allegra – Transaction metadata capabilities
Mary – Native assets (the Cardano pendant to ERC tokens on Ethereum)
Alonzo – Smart contract capabilities
The original Cardano roadmap defines 5 main Eras: Byron, Shelley, Goguen, Basho and Voltaire. Each of these include several milestones, usually in the form of a hard-fork that changes some of the underlying ledger rules in order to enable some new features and functionalities.
We are currently in the Goguen era. The transition from the Shelley era to the ...
You don't need blockfrost, just learn the cardano-cli and you can make anything. https://developers.cardano.org/docs/native-tokens/minting-nfts/
Download the Testnet version of Daedalus and get tADA (Test ADA) from the faucet and practice making them.
NFTs are essentially smart contracts implementing auctions for assets embedded in the Interplanetary Filesystem (IPFS). So, you need a blockchain that supports smart contracts.
Ethereum supports these via the Solidity VM and language, but Cardano's smart contract VM and language (Plutus) is forthcoming in the Goguen release of the Cardano ...
You can split it into multiple validators.
Each validator would have an NFT that can only be spent if the requirements for its validator are met (including returning the NFT to the script address with a new datum).
Your core validator would then validate that transactions include all the required NFTs.
Welcome to the community. While this stack exchange may not be a good fit for questions that open themselves up for rather subjective answers, I figured this topic (would people find this project interesting) may come up often enough to warrant a compilation of resources to better answer and pursue such undertaking.
Project Catalyst (introduced in 2020) is a ...
Try to give the guild cntools build script a look
It probably contains all the information about
the initial setup (try ghcup), the cabal.project file, submodules ecc
The main reason that we can mint NFTs without smart contracts is native tokens on the Cardano blockchain.
A good explanation is found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccLgnM3ErUE at around 3 minutes.
There are multiple websites out there now that can take care of the minting process for you.
For example: https://metromermaids.com/mint/v0.104/ or https://...
Cardano adrestia links to several different options for interacting with Cardano from 3rd party applications & languages. cardano-wallet provides a REST API to manage a wallet, and can send/manage tokens, but does not appear to have minting functionality just yet.
AFAIK, the only way to mint tokens at the moment (if you don't want to use Haskell SDK) is ...