Blockmason Weekly Update: 2019-04-11

📰 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, we’ll share a behind-the-scenes look at the updated design of Link in the Link development update.

Are you ready? Let’s get started!

Link Development Update

Over the past number of weeks, our development team has been working on refining the Link user experience. In our discussions with developers, we are aware that this will be a core component of our success. Today, we’re excited to share a sneak peek at some of the changes that are coming to Link.

Below is the new “first-run” experience — what you see immediately after creating an organization. To solve the “blank page” problem, we’re now setting up a demo contract to serve as a starting point for your Link project.

We anticipate that the majority of developers using Link will have pre-existing smart contracts that they wish to use. If so, you can paste the smart contract code into Link, as seen below. Once your smart contract is saved, Link takes care of the rest, including deploying your contract in real-time.

In this example we’re using smart contract for BLINK, the Link utility token:

Now that we have a smart contract saved, Link has created API endpoints for our use. The “API” view shows all the REST endpoints available to you, derived entirely from your project’s source code. These endpoints are live, and you can call them directly from your app just like you would call any other web API using a plain XMLHttpRequest, fetch(), or whatever your preferred request library happens to be.

Here’s a screenshot showing the Link API endpoints offered for the BLINK smart contract we saved in the last step:

As you can see, Link is a simple, fast and effective way to build API endpoints for any smart contract. We’re excited to continue the development of Link and get this product into developers’ hands!

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