Hyperledger Tools – When / Why to use them?


This article aims to present details on when and why to use which Hyperledger tools. The following are different tools which are referred later in this article:

  • Cello
  • Composer
  • Explorer
  • Quilt

This article will be updated on regular basis as newer tools come up.

When / Why to use which Hyperledger Tools?

The following represents details related with the Hyperledger tools:

Hyperledger Tools When and Why to use them?
Explorer Hyperledger Explorer is a web application which can be used to view, invoke, deploy or query blocks, transactions and associated data, network information (name, status, list of nodes), chain codes and transaction families, as well as any other relevant information stored in the distributed ledger. Without Explorer, you would have to work with command line prompt. Although that would give you a greater control, for beginners, Explorer would help visualize things and make it easier to understand.
Composer Hyperledger Composer is an application development framework (ADF) for building blockchain business networks using Hyperledger Fabric framework. The following are some of the reasons why you would use Composer: a) UI-based interface makes it easy for business owners and developers to create smart contracts b) Helps in modeling assets and transactions in easy manner. c) Ease of collaboration. d) Easy of deployment as one could package the network as business network definition in form of business network archive (.bna file)) and deploy it appropriately onto Hyperledger Fabric servers.
Cello Hyperledger is a toolkit for creating Blockchain-as-a-service (Baas) platform. It could be used to create/provision a customizable Blockchain network on-demand. In order to manage the blockchain network, it provides dashboard for checking the system status, adjusting the chain numbers, scale resources etc. If you are looking to create and manage one or more Blockchain network, Hyperledger Cello could be the tool of choice.
Quilt Hyperledger Quilt can be used when there is a need for doing transactions (such as transfer value) across Blockchain networks. In other words, Quilt helps achieve interoperability across Blockchain network. A user registered with one Blockchain network can securely transfer the value to another user registered with another Blockchain network. Note that Quilt is created based on ILP (Interledger Protocol).
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