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A-to-Z of Blockchain Consensus

Co-authored by Julian Koh & Cheryl Sew Hoy Blockchain consensus was one of the most heavily discussed sub-fields of blockchains throughout 2017 and 2018. We saw a bunch of companies try to compete with Ethereum by building new smart contract platforms from scratch, where the main differentiator/innovation was the consensus algorithm underlying these blockchains…

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The Risk of Uncollateralized Stablecoins

If you haven’t already, read this story to gain an understanding of the different types of stablecoins. This piece is the start of a series on the risks of different stablecoin models. This article is focused on uncollateralized, also known as algorithmic, stablecoins. There are many uncollateralized stablecoin projects in the works, most notably Basis.

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A Deep Look Into Cosmos — the Internet of Blockchains

You may have heard the words Cosmos, Cosmos Hub, Tendermint, and Interchain being used interchangeably in some context or the other. Tendermint is a consensus algorithm which was invented by Jae Kwon and in 2014. Seeing the effectiveness of this consensus algorithm, he set out to build a more ambitious project — a way to allow multiple blockchains to …

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Everything You Didn’t Know About the Handshake Naming System

The project was conceived by the people who brought you Purse and Private Internet Access. Handshake, despite popular misconception, is not a blockchain project that seeks to decentralize existing DNS infrastructure in its entirety. That’d be biting off something much more than any cryptocurrency-backed system could chew. Indeed, it is part of the reason why the predecessors of Handshake have …

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The Truth About Blockchain

Contracts, transactions, and the records of them are among the defining structures in our economic, legal, and political systems. They protect assets and set organizational boundaries. They establish and verify identities and chronicle events. They govern interactions among nations, organizations, communities, and individuals. They guide managerial and social action. And yet these critical tools and …

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Building a Tendermint & Cosmos SDK App (Part 6): Building CLI

This is part six of the series of blog posts explaining how to build a full stack application using Tendermint and Cosmos-SDK to build the blockchain backend. The previous part can be found here. Here we will show how to build CLI for running the node software, as well as the CLI for the blockchain clients — sending …

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Building a Full-Stack Tendermint & Cosmos SDK Application (Part 5): Integrating Cosmos SDK Modules

This is the fifth post in a series showing how to build a blockchain application using Tendermint platform & Cosmos-SDK. This blog post will discuss how to include an Cosmos-SDK module into your own application. The link to the previous post is here. The Cosmos-SDK comes with a set of existing modules, implementing various important features …

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Why Blockchain Matters To Enterprise (Hint: It’s Not Because Of Decentralization)

If you’ve been curious as to the success of blockchain with respect to enterprise adoption, consider the case of ConsenSys, a company focused on building products to promote adoption of Ethereum while consulting for other businesses to build out similar technologies.

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Building a Tendermint & Cosmos SDK App (Part 4): Core Blockchain Continued

This is blog post number four in the series of blog posts showing how to build an application on top of Tendermint using Cosmos-SDK. It will continue with the implementation of the core logic — the tic tac toe module. The previous post can be found here. The keeper contains the core logic of the module, and …

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Building a Tendermint & Cosmos SDK App (Part 3): Core Blockchain

This is the part three of the series of blog posts explaining how to build a full stack application using Tendermint and Cosmos-SDK to build the blockchain backend. The previous part can be found here This part will focus on building the core software, the application-specific blockchain. This is the code that will be run by …

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Building a Tendermint & Cosmos SDK App (Part 2): Intro to Cosmos SDK

This is the second post in the series of blog posts explaining how to build applications on top of a blockchain using Tendermint and Cosmos-SDK. The link to the previous post can be found here This post will introduce Cosmos-SDK. In order to make building applications on top of the Tendermint platform easier, the Cosmos …

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Building a Tendermint & Cosmos SDK App (Part 1): Intro to Blockchain & Tendermint

This is the first blog post in a mini series that will serve to demonstrate how to build application-specific blockchains using Tendermint and Cosmos-SDK. This post will provide a small introduction on blockchains and Tendermint, which is one of the most well known blockchain platforms that allows building arbitrary applications on top of the blockchain. …

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What is a blockchain developer and how do you become one?

If you’ve made it this far into 2018, then you’ve no doubt lived through the hype surrounding blockchain and cryptocurrency, especially when Bitcoin came close to eclipsing the $20k mark last December. While the market has simmered down significantly since then, the reality is that cryptocurrency—and the technology that powers it—is here to stay, especially …

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Innovative Strategies to Launch an IEO

The number of exchanges that offer to conduct an IEO on their platforms is growing every day. Also, the number of projects that choose this method to raise investments is growing. This market situation creates the need to choose different strategies based on the selected exchange and its volumes, as well as on the goals …

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What Blockchain Means for Developing Countries

Every once in a while a technology comes along that changes everything. To most observers, the latest to follow that trend is blockchain. It has the potential to revolutionize everything from currency to supply chains. Moreover, blockchain has the potential to bridge the gap between the developed world and developing nations like Bangladesh like never …

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Consensus Building Using the Community PoS Algorithm in the Blockchain Network of the Bitbon System

Blockchain is one of the types of a distributed ledger. The key feature of the distributed ledger is its decentralization, which means the absence of an integral center for storing and registering data. At the same time, the information in all the nodes of the distributed ledger must be valid and relevant, which is possible …

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Blockchain Forks Explained

Forks are a crucial, yet often misunderstood, aspect of modern-day blockchain technology. While forks come in many shapes and forms, they tend to follow similar patterns and can be divided into various categories. This article will explain how forks work and in which categories they can be divided.

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Creating a blockchain with less than 100 code lines

The basic concept of blockchain is very simple: a distributed database that maintains a continuously growing list of ordered records. The blockchain is a term normally associated with Bitcoin and/or Ethereum, but blockchain is more than that, blockchain is the technology behind these, and behind any other cryptocurrency.

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Breaking down the Forbes Blockchain 50

Last week, Forbes published its Blockchain 50 list, made up of the world’s* biggest companies that are actively working with blockchain technology. Included in the list are a handful of blockchain startups themselves, each with minimum valuations and/or sales of over $1 billion. We decided to take a deep dive into the companies on this …

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