📰 Blockmason Weekly Update: 2019-01-25

📰 Welcome to the Blockmason Weekly Update!

Hello, Blockmason community! Another week is upon us, which means it’s time for another Weekly Update.

In this edition of the Weekly Update, an update on Link and Lndr development, learn about blockchain’s killer app, find a blockchain job at BCDevJobs and more.

Are you ready? Let’s get started!

An Update on Link and Lndr v2.0 Development

Lndr v2.0 development update

Are you ready for the next version of Lndr? The great news: you won’t be waiting much longer. Our development cycle for the v2.0 release of Lndr is nearly complete, with the latest iOS and Android builds in the final bug testing process. Version 2.0 features a number of upgrades to Lndr which we’re sure you’re going to be impressed with.

First, our user interface has undergone a redesign with usability in mind. Viewing your wallet balances, creating new loans or debts, and adding friends are all much easier and faster in v2.0. We have also added a new ERC-20 wallet screen which links to an updated Transfer screen, and you will be able to send ERC-20 tokens directly to a friend’s wallet address.

Lndr v2.0 also adds the ability to send transactions to friends and family who aren’t Lndr users yet. When creating a new loan or debt, you can choose to send it by SMS or email instead of selecting a friend in Lndr. The recipient will receive the SMS or email, linking them to their respective App Store or Play Store to install the Lndr app. Once installed, Lndr will automatically sync the loan or debt obligation that you created.

We’re very excited to wrap up our testing and get Lndr v2.0 into your hands. It’s our goal to have Lndr v2.0 in the app stores by Thursday, January 31st. Stay tuned to our Telegram and other communities to find out when we submit it for approval!

Link development update

Have you heard about our latest project? Using Blockmason Link, a developer can create classic, conventional web-based APIs for any smart contract written on a programmatic blockchain. Link allows software developers to use smart contracts and programmatic blockchains without any blockchain experience.

We believe that Link solves many of the roadblocks in building useful apps that feature blockchain-based technology. While Link is still considered “behind the scenes,” our development team is hard at work building out the user interface and the product’s core functionality.

We’re pleased to share that the Link core service is running well and allows for the creation of API endpoints using Ethereum smart contracts.

Once a smart contract is imported, the API endpoints are available for use on the selected staging or production blockchain.

We can’t share more than a couple of screenshots right now, but know that Link is close to being open for the first round of external alpha testers. We will keep our community updated as progress with Link moves forward.

Blockchain’s Killer App: Why Developer-Friendly APIs are the True Path to Adoption

As the blockchain industry moves out of its initial frenzy and into maturity, we are all still hunting for the “killer app.” Are APIs the answer?

To build and drive this level of viral adoption, we need more and better applications which demonstrate the usefulness of blockchain technology. And to drive application development, we need more developers building consumer, business and enterprise applications that interact with blockchains. However, as we have discovered in our research and in that of others, there is one critical piece missing from most blockchain tech that is holding development back: the API.

The total lack of APIs for programmatic blockchains like Ethereum means that developers face a lot of hurdles if they want to integrate blockchain-based tasks in their app.

The good news is that solutions are on the horizon. Our technology, Link, allows developers to use smart contracts without any blockchain experience whatsoever. Using Link, a developer can create classic, conventional web-based APIs for any smart contract written on a programmatic blockchain. With Link, developers and users alike can interact with smart contracts like any other web API. There are no cryptocurrencies to acquire, browser plugins to install or other unnecessary hurdles. There’s also no servers or web infrastructure to maintain or monitor. A developer simply adds the smart contracts they want to use in their app to Link. Once added, they can read and write to these smart contracts just like any other API.

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Find a Job Working in Blockchain Today!

Last week we launched bcdevjobs.com as a community resource to help connect more developers with companies working in blockchain. We are excited to share that we already have 60+ jobs available for developers. It’s a daily free newsletter, so we encourage any developers out there to sign up today, and tell your friends!

We’ve got tons of great jobs from some huge names in blockchain, including, Gemini, IBM, Binance, Axiom Zen, and more.

Lndr is our peer-to-peer bill-splitting and expense-sharing mobile app for iOS and Android. It uses the Credit Protocol and the Ethereum blockchain to create, manage and settle casual debts and IOUs between friends. Essentially, “Venmo of the blockchain.”

Lndr supports dozens of currencies and allows users to settle debts in Ether (ETH), BNB, DAI stablecoin, as well as fiat currency.

You can download Lndr for iOS on the App Store and Lndr for Android on Google Play