On September 22, ConsenSys, a leading Ethereum software company, announced the sunset of Truffle and Ganache, two widely used toolkits that were instrumental in developing and testing smart contracts on Ethereum. The company is redirecting its focus towards MetaMask toolkits like Snaps and SDK to empower developers.
To ensure a seamless transition, ConsenSys will be partnering with HardHat to support developers in writing and deploying new software on the Ethereum network.
Truffle Suite, acquired by ConsenSys in 2020, has been a pivotal development framework since its deployment in 2015. It facilitates the building, testing, and deployment of smart contracts on Ethereum, complemented by Ganache, which aids in creating, evaluating, and deploying smart contracts.
In the Ethereum development community, these two toolkits constitute a highly sought-after tech stack.
ConsenSys clarified in a post that Truffle and Ganache will remain accessible for the next three months to allow developers to migrate to HardHat and other solutions.
They will also provide support through Zendesk, Truffle GitHub discussions, Ganache GitHub discussions, and the ConsenSys Discord during this transition period.
Following this period, the Truffle and Ganache codebases will be made publicly available through public archives.
Georgios Konstantopoulos, the Chief Technology Officer and Partner of Paradigm, remarked that this marks the “end of an era,” mentioning that he wrote his very first smart contract using Truffle Suite.
ConsenSys is shifting towards MetaMask Snaps and SDK to accelerate the development of its products, and the Truffle engineering team is actively contributing to these projects.
Consensus the beginning of a new era with MetaMusk Snap and SDK
MetaMask “Snaps” are Consensys’ name for new decentralized applications built by third-party developers that extend the functionality of the MetaMask wallet. Consensys head of strategy Simon Morris said that the soon-to-be-released MetaMask Snaps will function similarly to Apple’s App Store.
“We are investing in new tools and APIs to empower developers to build powerful DApps with MetaMask, Infura, and Linea, which is why the Truffle engineering team will join these teams to accelerate the buildout of their developer offerings,”
Launched in September 12, MetaMask Snaps are decentralized applications created by third-party developers that enhance the capabilities of the MetaMask wallet.
According to MetaMask’s documentation, “is an open source system that allows anyone to safely extend the functionality of MetaMask, creating new web3 end user experiences”.
They serve to introduce new functionalities to the MetaMask wallet, such as managing multiple wallets, connecting to various blockchains, and engaging with decentralized exchanges.
Consensys is making significant investments in these innovative tools and APIs to empower developers in crafting robust dApps using MetaMask, Infura, and Linea. While MetaMask Snaps are currently in the development phase, they are anticipated to be released in the near future.
Recently, blockchain development company ConsenSys unveiled its inaugural ConsenSys Fellowship Program. This initiative is geared towards offering essential assistance to startups and founders in the Web3 space.
The pre-accelerator program is tailored to equip participants with the skills to leverage the potential of Web3 technologies, particularly those integrated within the ConsenSys software suite, which encompasses MetaMask SDK, MetaMask Snaps, and Linea.
The inaugural cohort of the program will consist of 15 startups, engaging in a 12-week immersive experience. This program will involve hands-on activities, interactive workshops, and case studies, as outlined in ConsenSys’ official announcement.