Developers often encounter a challenge in the Zcash community: having to switch from their preferred programming language to Rust when building Zcash applications. To simplify this process, we've leveraged Mozilla's UniFFI tool, enabling the automatic creation of foreign language bindings tailored to Rust libraries. This innovation not only solves a problem but also unlocks new opportunities. With UniFFI, a Rust library serves as the foundation for generating libraries in various languages like Ruby, Python, Kotlin, and Swift, making it more accessible for developers to contribute and innovate within the Zcash ecosystem.
Zcash is a privacy-focused blockchain that enables users to conduct transactions with a high degree of confidentiality by utilizing zero-knowledge cryptography and commitment schemes. The protocol was forked from Bitcoin, which means that some of the core infrastructure and designs are inherited from that.
Unlike most other blockchains, Zcash offers an optional privacy feature that shields transaction details, such as sender, recipient, and transaction amount, from public view on its blockchain. This focus on privacy has made Zcash a favored choice for users seeking enhanced financial confidentiality in their digital transactions.
The Zcash UniFFI library represents a bridge between languages, fostering collaboration and accessibility in blockchain development. This blog post offers a glimpse into our dedication and commitment to enhancing the developer experience and usability of blockchains.
The problem we set out to solve revolves around the challenge of building for Zcash using a preferred programming language, only to face the hurdle of needing to acquaint oneself with a new language, such as Rust. To address this issue, we utilize the capabilities of Mozilla's UniFFI tool, thereby facilitating the automatic creation of foreign language bindings that precisely target Rust libraries.
The Zcash UniFFI Library isn't just about solving a problem—it's about opening doors. With UniFFI, a Rust library becomes the foundation for generating libraries in various languages like Ruby, Python, Kotlin, and Swift. This democratizes the development process, inviting more developers to contribute and innovate within the Zcash ecosystem.
While there are alternative tools like InterOptopus and Diplomat, UniFFI stands out due to its robust development, comprehensive documentation, and flexibility to adapt to diverse projects. Our team's choices and discussions are transparently documented on our GitHub repository, ensuring the project's evolution remains accessible to all.