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Calibra Digital Lead, Ben Maurer Introduces New Programming Language For Libra

Javeria by Javeria - 06:48 AM Feb 22, 2020
Calibra Digital Lead, Ben Maurer Introduces New Programming Language For Libra

Ben Maurer, the Digital lead for Calibra, delivered a presentation on Libra’s new programming language, 'Move'. The presentation took place at the Stanford Blockchain Conference on Wednesday, 19 February. According to Maurer, Move is designed by Facebook to provide a secure as well as a programmable framework for the Libra blockchain. He further added that Move would make it safe and easy to develop and process financial applications on Libra.

How 'Move' Programming Language is Different?

Although the goal behind Libra is clear to everyone, there are still many who are confused about why Facebook actually build a new programming language for its platform. To this, Calibra Digital Lead revealed that the idea behind Move was to create a language specifically designed for commercial use cases and payments, unlike other blockchains that are used for a range of things.

The 'Move' language used in Libra coin is agnostic like many other mainstream languages. Maurer further noted that beyond representing their currency, the programming language also represents thing such as what signature should be included in a transaction in order to validate it.

He mentioned that the developers took help from the concepts of Ethereum and Bitcoin in the making of Libra’s white paper. When asked by a member of the conference about how much inspiration is exactly pulled from Ethereum while making 'Move', Mauren answered that a lot of research was conducted by developers beforehand and confirmed that the inspiration came from existing solutions only.

However, Maurer cleared that 'Move' has taken inspiration from the existing open-source protocol, but the program itself is quite different and serves a different purpose.

As mentioned in the Blockchain’s technical paper, Libra is intended to promote low-volatility cryptocurrency, which will serve as a medium of exchange worldwide. Maurer further stated that unlike other blockchains that use linear links of blocks, Libra works on Merkle Trees for encoding data and authenticating current as well as past transactions.

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