SCC. Software Development Kit: Developer’s Starterpack
If you’ve read all the previous articles of the series, congratulations! You’re certainly qualified to talk about the complexities of modern cloud applications architecture, the infrastructure that powers the modern web, and what kind of problems and challenges a developer might face before they even start building their app. Of course, we can’t answer all the questions, so we encourage you to keep reading, exploring, and discovering new things. If there’s anything we could help you with or you’d like to share your feedback on the series, don’t hesitate to jump on the Super Protocol Discord server!
In the final article of the series (don’t worry, we’ll keep writing on the other topics), we’ll cover another crucial component of app development: the Software Development Kit, or SDK for short.
SDKs are basically pre-made sets of components that are required to develop applications in a standardized and predictable way. You’ve probably heard of the libraries — components that solve some very specific task, for example, provide the means to operate complex mathematical objects (Python has a lot of those, one of the reasons it’s so popular among scientists). SDK takes it to the next level.
First, it contains the bare minimum you’d need to build an app. Things like compiler and debugger (the former translates human-written code into the machine language understandable by a computer and the latter helps find errors and fix them before the app is even launched). Second, it has code samples and templates (frameworks) that make developers’ lives much easier. Third, specialized SDKs have all the required libraries included so a developer won’t have to find and install any additional tools, which leads to more dependencies in the project and lesser reliability. Most modern SDKs also come with analytical tools that help developers better understand how the code works and what could be wrong with it if smth does not work the way it’s intended to.
Here are some examples of SDKs to understand them better:
- language-specific support in a programming language (Java Development Kit, for example)
- platform-specific have everything to build an app on a selected platform (Android Development Kit)
- task-specific when plugging in some libraries is not enough, usually required to build on top of some third-party infrastructure (Mastercard Cloud Payments SDK)
You can see that you can almost always determine SDK’s purpose by its name. A good SDK also is a well-documented one, meaning a developer has a reference on all its components, examples, best practices, and instructions on troubleshooting.
With an SDK developers can start building with some critical parts already in place, tested, and working. Providing such tools is a crucial part of building the developer ecosystem.
As Super Protocol matures and becomes a home for secure Web3 native computations, we’re about to equip developers with everything they might need to kickstart their apps. Along with the SDKs tailored for IntelSGX by Intel, we’re testing other tools and building some of our own.
If you’re a developer, we’d like to hear your opinion on which tools should be included in the Super Protocol Confidential Computing SDK! Let’s talk on Discord, or simply mention / DM @super__protocol on Twitter.