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Cardano Developers Rejoice: Lucid Introduces Powerful New Emulator


Developers using the Lucid library to create transactions and off-chain code for their Plutus contracts on the Cardano blockchain now have a new tool at their disposal: a blockchain emulator.


The emulator, written in JavaScript, allows developers to test how their code will behave on the Cardano blockchain before deploying it to the live network. This makes it easier to catch any issues or bugs that might arise, and helps to ensure that their Plutus contracts will work correctly when they are deployed to the live blockchain.


In addition to keeping track of UTxO (unspent transaction outputs) and supporting stake registrations and delegations, the emulator also includes a mempool, which allows developers to test how their code will respond to certain types of data being added to the mempool. This can be particularly useful for testing scenarios that might be difficult or impossible to test on a live blockchain network.


The emulator is designed to work seamlessly with other providers, so developers can easily switch between using the emulator and accessing live networks as needed. This makes the testing process more convenient and efficient for developers, and helps them to create more robust and reliable Plutus contracts for the Cardano blockchain.

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