What is a declarative blockchain?

A Closer Look at Intent-Centric Blockchain Designs with Essential

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Blockchains, as we know them today, are imperative.

This means, we interact with every application needed to achieve a certain outcome onchain…we _care_ about the process in achieving a specified end result.

The intent-centric future aims to flip this model on its head and usher in a different way of building and interacting with decentralized systems.

At the heart of this shift is the evolution from imperative to declarative programming in blockchain environments. This transition moves us away from specifying every step of a transaction (the ‘how’), focusing instead on the desired outcomes (the ‘what’). By embracing a declarative approach, blockchain technology becomes more intuitive and user-friendly, aligning more closely with the natural flow of human thought and reducing the complexity traditionally associated with onchain interactions.

In today’s video, Robbie sits down with Simon and Liesl to discuss Essential, the first declarative blockchain. Key to their design is a concept previously mentioned called ‘intents’—declarations of what users want to achieve, without detailing the ‘how’.

They further explore the presence of solver networks in Essential, the architectural backbone of declarative blockchains, and how a novel system of constraints and rules governs blockchain state updates.

Join us as we explore how declarative blockchains are setting the stage for a more efficient, secure, and user-centric future.

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