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May 6, 2022
By AXIA

AXIA 101: AXscan

Intro

One of the most important elements of blockchain technology is the transparency they are able to provide. Anyone, anywhere can view and review transactions, block creation and many more key details on any blockchain, at any time. This 24/7/365 visibility on all network activity is part of what makes blockchain such a key innovation in a world often shrouded in secrecy and mistrust.

The tool that makes this visibility possible is called an Explorer, though it may have different nicknames depending on the network. For Ethereum, it’s called Etherscan. Many networks combine their network name with the term Explorer as is the case with Algorand and the algoexplorer. The Explorer tool for the AXIA Network is called AXscan. This is where key details such as block creation, transaction history, Validator details, fork overviews and much more are visible for the public to see. Without AXscan, the AXIA Network would be missing the portal through which much of its key information is communicated to the public.

In today’s blog, we’re going to explore the basics of AXscan and its different components. Following the AXIA Network’s public launch last week, the team is working to ensure the long-term scalability, security and speed of the blockchain prior to it being opened up to the public after an external security audit that is currently underway has been completed by Peckshield. More upgrades and features are also being added during this same time period.

Because the AXIA Network just launched, AXscan is not yet as rich with information as it will be in the very near future. However, it’s still a useful exercise to examine the platform and what it will mean to the AXIA Project and the AXIA community moving forward. So, let’s get started!

Core features

AXscan is made up of several core features. Let’s examine some of these and what they mean to the network:

Block creation — The AXIA Network produces a new block at a blazing fast speed of 6 seconds per block. This is exponentially faster than legacy blockchains like Bitcoin and Ethereum. If you visit AXscan’s ‘homepage’ you will be able to view live creation of new blocks and see historical block statistics. Here’s what the block creation page looks like in AXscan:

Blocks are listed in sequence as they are produced.

On this page you will also be able to view recent transactions on the network and things like total issuance of AXIA Coin and burn statistics.

Block details — Visit this page through AXscan to examine specific transactions or history on any given block. Simply copy block hashes by clicking one of the colored circles next to the block and then pasting it into the ‘block hash or number to query’ search bar.

Click the colored circles next to a block to copy the transaction hash.
Paste the transaction hash into the search bar shown above to review transactions on any given block.

Staking — This section of AXscan is where visitors can view information related to the Validators and Nominators on the AXIA Network. You can see this section highlighted below:

A look into the Validator node operators on the AXIA Network.

Governance — Another essential feature of blockchains is on-chain governance and the ability for any and all participants on that network to have a say in important decisions that impact its future. Through the governance portal on AXscan, stakeholders in the network can do just that, including reviewing referendums and proposals, joining councils, voting on Treasury guidelines and exploring bounty opportunities. To view any of these governance details at any time, simply select ‘Governance’ from the AXscan dropdown menu, as shown below.

Governance is an essential feature of any modern network.

AllyChains — Alongside the CoreChain of the AXIA Network, AllyChains are standalone blockchains with their own governance, native tokens and processes. The AXIA Network has the capacity for over 100 AllyChains at launch with the ability for many more to be added in the future. Over time, the AllyChain section of AXscan will become an encyclopedia through which visitors can view thorough details on the ongoing development of the AXIA Network on its complementary chains. In future, simply select the ‘Network’ dropdown menu and then choose ‘AllyChains’ to view all the available information.

Developer — This is an important section in AXscan albeit for more technologically advanced individuals. The Developer section contains information on the current Chain State, RPC Calls and Javascript snippets — all details which developers may find interesting or useful. Simply select ‘Developer’ from the dropdown menu to view these items.

Conclusion

While AXscan is in its infancy, over time it will become just as important and rich with information and data on the AXIA Network as Etherscan is for Ethereum or algoexplorer is for Algorand. It already is — and will continue to be — a tool that guarantees full transparency at all times on all network activity and that provides visibility on key details such as transaction history, Validator nodes, governance details and much more!

If you’re new to blockchain or Explorer tools, the best way to get started is to visit AXscan and, well, get started. Poke around, visit the different sections of AXscan and just do some good old fashioned exploring. One great thing about AXscan is that new data and information will always have been populated each and every time you visit. So, get to know the platform because it will be an essential tool within the AXIA Ecosystem moving forward.