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What is SDK? What does it do?

So what does SDK mean in its most basic and simple explanation? SDK stands for Software Development Kit or devkit for short. It is a set of software tools and programs used by developers to build applications for specific platforms. SDK tools include many things, including libraries, documentation, code samples, processes, and guides that developers can use and integrate into their own applications.

The SDK was originally designed to be used on specific platforms or programming languages. For example; An Android SDK set is needed to create an Android application, an iOS SDK set for an iOS application, and a Java SDK(JDK) set for Java. To create Bluetooth or wireless products, a kit such as the Nordic SDK is needed.

When this is the case, the need for an SDK specific to Ratic arises, and the Ratic SDK development will be ready to use at the beginning of 2023.

Ratic SDK 

Ratic SDK, which will be launched in the first quarter of 2023, will be made available to users based on a truly solid system after a comprehensive roadmap. Ratic users, who can experience an easier and faster process in cross-platform application installations with the Ratic SDK, can rapidly advance all processes by supplying only one module without any difficulty during the development stages.

Thanks to the Ratic SDK, software developers are located in an ecosystem that allows them to easily create application-specific blockchain without coding from scratch. Thus, the workload is reduced and various compatibility issues are easily resolved. Anyone can create a module for the Ratic SDK and use the prebuilt modules.

When Ratic SDK is launched, the SDK library will contain the following bases;

Help and development documents to support programming

Programming tools and advanced utilities

Extra plug-ins, functions, and software tools

SDK infographic blocks


Differences between API and SDK

Both the Application Programming Interface (API) and the Software Development Kit (SDK) play an essential role in the software development process. As the name suggests, API acts as an interface between different applications or platforms and helps various software programs interact with each other. An API generally consists of specifications that can be used to interface between different software programs. On the other hand, SDK, also known as devkit, consists of a set of development tools and pre-written code that can be used by developers to develop applications. SDKs often help reduce the effort and time required by developers to write their own unique code to develop software applications. The terms Ratic SDK and Ratic API should therefore not be confused.

The API may contain specifications for routines, data structures, protocols, and object classes to facilitate interaction between different programs. SDKs usually consist of APIs in the form of files or complex hardware to facilitate interaction with an embedded system. An SDK often helps eliminate duplication and saves developer time in creating new software applications. The API usually contains a set of rules and specifications to be followed by software programs to facilitate easy interaction.

The API does not contain written sample codes, but rather a detailed description of the behavior of function calls and function prototypes. The SDK includes sample programs, technical notes, utilities, and debugging tools that will save the programmer’s time and effort by incorporating them into developing applications.