I have not downloaded the SDK. I have been asking questions here all year, and frankly, haven’t been impressed with some of the answers or lack of answers I got, although I appreciate the patience of those folks who have corrected the misconceptions or misunderstandings I had.
I don’t see IC as a serious platform for serious work at this time, not until they make a better case for why IC is so much better for app developers, specifically in the context of real world problems such as demand scaling, data privacy regulations, and customer dispute resolution. Also, showing, with long-promised papers and code, that what is say is true, and providing robust tools and libraries to provide platform support for features that devs shouldn’t have to reinvent ad hoc such as profiling, logging, storage, payment etc.
I think the number of visitors to this forum and the level of activity are very low compared to other platform technologies, blockchain or no. The fact that the Dfinity organization is a closed shop with little public documentation works against it here - engaged, informed community devs are a necessity for a platform tech.
For that to happen they need either killer apps they develop themselves, attracting end customers, or devs like us to choose their platform over alternatives. One followed by the other is what could happen - I’d love to see even one app that might be considered “killer” from the Dfinity team.
As for me, the SDK lacks too much I would consider essential for the things I’d like to try, which are actually getting honest timings, throughput calculations etc. For example, how many size in KB writes can be processed by one actor in a minute and how does that depend on other actors competing for subnet resources? How fast (and how much) to initialize a memory structure that has to have size in MB of data in it before it can be used for anything? Is it possible to cause the IC non-obvious problems with common design choices? Once some of that comes in I can then add the SDK to the pile of excuses I need to get an M1.