📰 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 in-depth look at a new Link workshop and the final project spotlight from Hack the North.
Are you ready? Let’s get started!
GoChain and Blockmason Present a New Workshop: Creating a Decentralized E-commerce Marketplace
Building applications that utilize blockchain can appear difficult and time-consuming. This complexity leads most of us to stick with technology that we already know and understand. But, tools are being developed to change this and help mass adoption of blockchain’s like GoChain. This comprehensive workshop, geared towards mobile and web developers with little to no prior blockchain experience, demonstrates how to build using blockchain.
In this workshop, you will start with the fundamentals of blockchain technology. This includes the application code that runs on blockchains known as smart contracts. Then from this foundation, you will build a detailed, interoperable, e-commerce marketplace. This application will interact with many blockchain networks including GoChain.
Participants completing the workshop will walk away having built a blockchain-powered application. Participants will also leave with a greater understanding and appreciation of the current challenges and complexities of blockchain adoption, and smart contract use, and how new tools like Link are making interacting with blockchains easier every day.
The following prerequisites are recommended to get the most from this workshop:
- A modern Windows or Mac laptop with the latest version of the following installed: Node and NPM: https://nodejs.org/en/download/
- MetaMask browser extension – https://metamask.io
- Sign up for an Infura API Key – https://infura.io/register
- Register for Blockmason Link – https://mason.link/sign-up
The workshop will be launching in the next few weeks so stay tuned.
Hack the North Powered by Link
Project Spotlight: Meerkat
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.
Meerkat is a decentralized blockchain web application that tracks Cloud Service Providers’ uptime. Currently, consumers have no way of deciding whether or not a Cloud Service Provider is reliable. The sources of information are either centralized (a Cloud Service Provider’s own assertion, E.g. 99.9% uptime), or without basis (word of mouth, general reputation). In short, there is a lack of transparency in the cloud service industry, frustrating consumers and causing them to make the wrong decisions.
Visitors to the site will test the listed servers by sending GET requests to all of them. (To avoid excessive data use, the maximum number of requests per visit is 20.)
The test results obtained by the visitors will be added to the Meerkat blockchain, where it is immutable and distributed. Meerkat empowers consumers with statistics when making important personal and business decisions.
Meerkat Team with Blockmason.
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