Decentralized applications, or dApps, have been rapidly gaining momentum in recent years, with blockchain technology providing an innovative and secure foundation for developers to build decentralized solutions. However, building and deploying these applications can be a challenging task, especially when it comes to managing the backend infrastructure. This is where Oyster comes into play.
What is Oyster?
Oyster is a serverless backend platform, specifically for Web3 applications. Oyster is an extension of Marlin's relay network. By extending the capabilities of the relay, users can not only have more control over how packets are propagated, but also have the ability to process them and create responses at the edge of the network. This enhanced functionality provides greater flexibility and control for users.
Oyster is unique in many ways, and one of its most intriguing features is its use of enclaves. Enclaves are isolated computing environments that provide a high level of security and confidentiality, making them ideal for running sensitive or critical workloads.
More features include the ability to pay for servers without a credit card, initiate and terminate servers via smart contracts, and execute computations in areas or instances unsupported by cloud providers. Also, when applications running on the traditional web (web 2) need to communicate with applications running on the decentralized web (web 3), there needs to be a way for these two different systems to talk to each other. Oyster supports the deployment of gateways that act as intermediaries, translating requests from web 2 applications into formats that web 3 applications can understand and vice versa.
In addition to the features already mentioned, Oyster has some exciting capabilities that are particularly useful for decentralized exchanges (DEXes). These exchanges can leverage Oyster's infrastructure to run bots that share the rewards and liquidation penalties associated with MEV (Miner Extractable Value) back to the DAO or its users.
Oyster also supports scheduling event-based transaction generation, which can help streamline the process of executing complex transactions at specific times.
Another significant feature of Oyster is its ability to generate Zero Knowledge (ZK) proofs, which are used in blockchain applications to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of sensitive information. Oyster's confidential computing capabilities allow for the outsourcing of ZK proof generation to its platform. This means that mobile users who are often slowed down by heavy ZK-based apps with public or private inputs draining their device's battery can benefit from the speed and efficiency of Oyster's ZK proof generation.
In conclusion, Oyster is the pearl of Web3 development, offering an ocean of possibilities for building decentralized applications. So if you want to dive deep into Web3 development, don't be shellfish - give Oyster a try.