What is this and for who?
This is a blog for techies who (almost) missed the blockchain train. Hmm, I also need to write a song "the blockchain train," it just sounds so good!
I'm a bit late to the blockchain/Bitcoin party, and when you made it past the previous line I assume you are too!
No worries, there is still plenty of time to add blockchain technology to your skillset. I am confident that what we see happening now is just the very beginning of a decentralized Internet. So even though we feel we are late, we can still catch the blockchain train. Especially because you and I are pretty smart! Right?
My approach to educating myself is two-fold:
First by reading as much as I can about the blockchain, Bitcoin, smart contracts, Ethereum, dapps, ipfs, and all of that.
In parallel, I want to apply what I learn by turning this blog into a decentralized app (dapp) as much as possible. I will work in "naive mode" and start building and using technologies I found on my path, and backtrack (you know, refactor) when I see it was the wrong approach.
The code will, of course, be open source and available here: blockchaintrain.
BTW this is not a tutorial; it's just a journal of my activities.
What I'm reading
I'm reading three books in parallel right now (next to the online article here and there):
- Mastering Bitcoin: Programming the Open Blockchain: a thorough technical introduction into the world of Bitcoin. I got stuck halfway when I read it a couple of years ago. This time I mean to finish it.
- Blockchain for dummies: yeah, I know...
- Decentralized Applications: Harnessing Bitcoin's Blockchain Technology: not very well received, but I like it so far.
I'll keep you updated on other books or articles I read.
Decentralized blog design part 1
The first version of this blog (you're reading it now) is a statically generated blog with Pelican*, and I uploaded the files to my server with SSH.
So my progress towards a fully decentralized blog is 0/100!
Excellent! That means there is still a lot to discover.
In the next article, I will describe how I made a first step: load the content of the blog from a decentralized file system.
*: if you don't like Python, you can use Hugo (Go) or Jekyll (Ruby) or any one of these. Let me know if you follow along with a different site generator, and I'll add it to this blog.
What can you expect in the next episodes?
- Using a decentralized file system
- From static pages to dynamic content (so from files to a dapp)
- Supporting identity
- Introduction of colored coins or sidechains or maybe even a mini-ICO
- Whatever seems like a useful feature to add...
Wanna join me?
If you want to play along and contribute, please leave a note in the comments! Uhm, as soon as I have figured out how to support comments in a decentralized manner. Till then, tweet to me @pors!
Continue reading here, part 2 of the Blockchain train journal: Picking a Decentralized Storage System.