Ethereum’s Truffle, a development environment that calls itself ethereum’s Swiss army knife, has seen 700,000 lifetime downloads, with its popularity rising 32% since May to 82,303 downloads in the month of June (pictured above).
They have a “built-in smart contract compilation, linking, deployment and binary management,” among many other things, with another tool, Ganache, seeing 50,000 downloads in June, up 76% from the previous month.
Ganache is “your personal blockchain for Ethereum development.” The name says it all really. Rather than going on testnet or on mainnet you have your own chain, similar to, presumably, the localhost server for website testing.
Then, there’s Drizzle. That looks like a newcomer, launched around the beginning of this year, with nearly 2,000 monthly downloads in June, double the previous month.
“Drizzle is a collection of front-end libraries that make writing dapp front-ends easier and more predictable,” they say before further adding:
“We’ve created two packages for use with React, but the core functionality is contained in the base drizzle module itself. If you’re familiar with Redux, it’s not a stretch to create an Angular library or use it for something other than a webapp.”
In other words, it has web3 stuff which you might want if you are coding a dapp and by the looks of it there are thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, who do want to code some solidity.
We’re not sure if they are all unique downloads. You’d expect some duplication. A developer, for example, would at the very least want truffle both at home and at work.
Thus halving these numbers would be a safe bet if we are to estimate how many devs ethereum has ecosystem wide.
That would give us 350,000, so we can kind of half it again just to be very safe to come up with an estimate of 200,000 eth developers ecosystem wide.
The data from Ganache especially is interesting because who would want a local server testing-like blockchain unless they are a developer.
That’s apparently going at some 50,000 downloads a month, with 250,000 downloads in total since around November when it launched.
Suggesting there might be a city of coders working or hoping to work on smart contract development in ethereum.