7 Days Change
While NXT appears to still have some users (and perhaps developers), the majority have moved on to sister projects like Ardor. This appears to be where NXT developer Jelurida is focusing most of its attention on today. Ardor is another Swiss Army Knife of a blockchain, offering lots of different features to an eclectic set of blockchain fanatics. Ignis is an early offshoot of Ardor, and it too is receiving plenty of attention from people who used to be all about NXT.
We can’t speak to the quality of NXT-affiliate projects, like Ignis or Ardor, but Ardor does have some interesting ideas behind it. Ardor originally intended to make it possible for anyone to create a blockchain or cryptocurrency of their own, existing as a “daughter chain” attached to the main Ardor chain. Whether or not this is presently successful is a topic beyond the scope of this guide, but do check out Ardor and Ignis if that sounds interesting to you.
To its credit, the NXT Client served as a very early iteration of decentralised exchange technology. DEXes are all the rage today, but it wasn’t always this way. Cryptocurrencies used to be sold only through centralised, server-based exchanges and brokerage sources, like Coinbase exchange and its competitors. With NXT, cryptocurrencies, digital goods, services, and all kinds of random stuff could be sold by users in the NXT marketplace. Sometimes, real world goods were even exchanged this way. Of course, like all early blockchains, NXT didn’t offer its users any kind of true anonymity, but for conventional purchases, NXT markets worked pretty well as long as there were enough users around to make things interesting.
We referred to the NXT Client as ‘clunky’ earlier in this review, and this descriptor was not arbitrarily chosen. The NXT platform seems homemade, amateur, not polished. It looks like a platform that is a mishmash of countless ideas because that’s very much what it is. NXT might take 20 minutes to load one time, then fire up in seconds during the next use. Your coin balance might take a long time to appear, or seem to go missing, before turning up at the last minute. No single user is likely to take interest in all facets of the NXT protocol, so there will always be a bunch of irrelevant features cluttering up the interface. NXT is a mess by today’s standards. This doesn’t mean it’s bad, but it’s unlikely to make waves with mainstream users, who will find it confusing and frustrating.
The community seems split on this point, but developer pools like Jerulida seem to have transferred their attention to Ardor and Ignis. NXT communities on Reddit and other forums are all but dead, with days or weeks between new posts. Ardor communities seem much more active, with frequent posts and even a new roadmap from developers. It’s conceivable that NXT would continue to function as some kind of developer sandbox, but we don’t see much development potential beyond that.