Blockmason Weekly Update: 2019-10-03

📰 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, a new Link tutorial building a blockchain-powered online marketplace and a new project spotlight digital wallet FlySafe.

Are you ready? Let’s get started!


New Tutorial – Building a Blockchain-Powered Online Marketplace with Link

Blockchain is becoming more popular as a programming platform, and with Link, you can take full advantage of what blockchain has to offer. We have a series of new demos and tutorials that can help you get started using blockchain in your next project. The latest of which is coming out soon.

We want to introduce our latest tutorial – Building a Blockchain-Powered Online Marketplace with Link. In this demonstration, you will get to see how you can build your own digital marketplace powered by your choice of blockchain.

What does Link do?
Link creates web-based APIs from your code, so you can build and deploy your whole laundry list of microservices in a single afternoon. Using Link and blockchain means that you can bypass some of the typical headaches associated with running an application including managing and maintaining virtual machines, databases, containers and more. It’s easy to use and even easier to get started. Sign up for an account at https://mason.link/sign-up

What are microservices?
Microservice architecture is a type of software architecture that structures an application as a collection of services that are organized by their business capabilities, this allows them to be highly maintainable and testable, loosely coupled, and independently deployable. In this tutorial that means three separate smart contracts control the creation and transfer of funds, the ownership of marketplace products, and the reviews that customers can leave on a product.

We will be sharing the full tutorial soon.


Hack the North Powered by Link

Project Spotlight: FlySafe

We had several high-achieving teams use Blockmason Link during North America’s premier hackathon, Hack the North, and we wanted to highlight a few of the projects that stood out.

FlySafe
FlySafe uses blockchain to secure all of your most important travel documents and cards. Your personal information can be accessed remotely with a facial recognition scan. Additionally, the app allows you to quickly find pertinent locations on the move including hotels, airports, hospitals, and embassies. Finally, the currency tool allows the user to quickly view relevant currency information.

Microsoft Azure’s Face API is used to recognize your face, allowing you to access your data. The BlinkID SDK is used to scan and retrieve the data on cards, IDs, Licenses, and plane tickets. Blockmason’s LINK API is used to secure the user’s data with blockchain. MapKit is used to display important locations on a map of your surrounding area. XE’s Currency Data API is used to display relevant currency information. The app is built with Swift for the iOS mobile platform. A node.js server is used to manage the user’s data.

FlySafe Team with Blockmason COO Harish (right).

Read more about FlySafe here https://devpost.com/software/flysafe-p41k2j

We will be spotlighting more projects from Hack the North in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more details.


Join Our Developer Community

Hello Blockmason Community! We now have a dedicated place for community members interested in using Blockmason Link. Introducing our all-new Link Developer Community. Now you can have a place to discuss your Link projects with other developers. It’s going to be a great place to share feedback with the development team, interact with other blockchain developers and contribute your ideas. We are also planning on providing access to a beta testing program for developers, with more details on this to come soon.

Why should you join the Blockmason Link developer community?
There are lots of reasons! You can contribute your ideas, hang out with other developers, get beta access to the newest Link features and more.


Find a Job Working in Blockchain Today!

bcdevjobs.com is a great community resource that helps connect more developers with companies working in blockchain. 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