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Cardano is a decentralized third-generation proof-of-stake blockchain platform and home to the ada cryptocurrency. It has been designed from the ground up by a team of top engineers and academic experts.
Cardano has a strong focus on sustainability, scalability, and transparency and is a fully open source project that aims to deliver an inclusive, fair, and resilient infrastructure for financial and social applications on a global scale. It is powered by Ouroboros, the ground-breaking proof-of-stake consensus protocol.
Secure, scalable, and interoperable
Security is one of the founding principles of Cardano. As it is written in the functional language Haskell, it uses pure functions to build the system, where components can be tested in isolation. More advanced features of Haskell, such as basing the implementation on formal and executable specifications, extensive property-based testing, and running tests in simulation provides a range of powerful methods for ensuring code correctness.
New to Cardano?
If you are new to Cardano and would like to learn more about the basics we have a range of explainers on the components of blockchain and how Cardano stands out from other solutions. From explanations on cryptocurrency and consensus and diving deeper into the types of wallets and delegation instructions, we aim to make your introduction to Cardano seamless and comprehensive.
Many exchanges are part of the Cardano ecosystem, contributing to network sustainability by running their own pools or delegating their stake to the existing ones. If you are an exchange interested in integrating with Cardano, you can find out how to set up your production environment and utilize the latest features of the Cardano blockchain.