IOHK, the main developer of Cardano has announced the release of tools for writing smart contracts. This will potentially open the blockchain to development for more DApps.
Plutus is the name of the programming language dedicated for secure ups, mostly to be used by the fintech sector developers, aptly named after God of wealth and comes with a blockchain emulator to allow testing of projects before deployment to the blockchain.
Marlowe, the second tool, is an easy to use tool with emphasis on helping newcomers and non-programmers that want to build their own financial smart contracts without the need to learn code first, making it enticing for academics.
Both tools were designed with security in mind by a team of experts in programming language design and will be released as bug free as possible to avoid financial losses of the past.
As Cardano is approaching full decentralization in 2019 the IOHK hopes that Plutus and Marlowe will assist making easier and safer dApps on the Cardano chain and will boost the platform against its competitors like Ethereum and EOS.