News from the recent Waves meetup with updates on the upcoming Smart Contracts

We followed and participated in the live stream of a recent meetup in Amsterdam that featured Waves Platform and fresh updates coming from their dev shop about the upcoming smart contracts. The meetup was held at a Primalbase shared office space which is also one of the biggest and successful ICO projects funded through Waves platform.

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What will Plasma bring to the Ethereum blockchain?

Plasma is coming to the Ethereum ecosystem and in this article we will try to give you an overview of Joseph Poon presentation about Plasma hold on Ethereal Summit 2017. In this article we will not go into details about Plasma, instead we will focus on the context of plasma and the relationship between public and private chains.

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How to analyse cryptocurrency markets, ICOs and their trends

Market analysis is an evaluation of a specific financial instrument, stock or in our case, the crypto markets. It can be applied to a specific cryptocurrency, some initial token offerings (ICOs), or even the whole crypto market in aggregated form.

There are two types of analysis that are based on financial markets, which are fundamental and technical analysis. They both serve as tools so that investors and traders can make purchasing and selling decisions of some cryptocurrency. By analyzing and evaluating historical data, financial flows, and price movements, investors try to gain market advantage and ultimately profit from the acquired knowledge.

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Ethereum smart contract part 1: Install Ethereum geth client on Linux

Ethereum smart contract developers sometimes need to set up their own private blockchain network. In this article we will try to give you a step by step instruction on how to set up Ethereum geth client on Linux (Ubuntu) platform which is used in the process of creating your own blockchain network.

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Params in Ethereum genesis block explained

Developers all over the world are experimenting with Ethereum blockchain and many of them find Ethereum testnet hard to use. Because of that, you may want to set up your private blockchain network. You would have full control over that network, and would not have any blockchain apps that you don’t need. So if you want to have a clear blockchain setup only for yourself, there are a couple of things you have to define. One of them is genesis.json, a file in which you determine all specifications about genesis block of your blockchain.

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0x an open protocol for trustless, low friction exchange of ERC20 tokens

0x is an open protocol for decentralized exchanges, and in this article we will just give you a little bit of background and timeline on 0x protocol. We will describe the problem that 0x is trying to solve, and let you know about existing work that is done on it already. This article is an overview of Will Warren’s presentation about 0x protocol, which he held in Mexico at the Ethereum Foundation Developers Conference in November, 2017.

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Atomic Swaps and what the hell are those?

We have already written about decentralized exchanges and how they are slowly but steadily making their way on the crypto markets. It is a big deal after all. Centralised exchanges have their vulnerabilities as any other software, but the deal here is that they operate with large sums of actual money being exchanged by numerous traders. They are, in itself, a SPOF or a Single Point of Failure in the blockchain network. Therefore, concepts like atomic swaps come to the rescue.

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EtherDelta decentralized exchange – what is going on with development?

Last year, on November 1-4, 2017 Ethereum Foundation Development Conference was held in Mexico. Many individuals from crypto industry attended that event, and one of them was Zack Coburn, the founder of EtherDelta decentralized exchange and co-founder of FirstBlood.

FirstBlood is a decentralized platform that lets eSports players challenge each other and win rewards using the blockchain for settlements. But, this time he was not talking about FirstBlood, in the presentation he was talking about EtherDelta. He covers EtherDelta’s deployment of the first working off-chain order book with an on-chain settlement. Including scaling, security, user experience, onboarding, etc.

In this article, we will try to make an overview of his presentation and let you know what he was talking about there.

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Proof of work – What it is and how does it work?

In the blockchain industry we hear a lot about consensus algorithms, we debate about them and try to learn as much as possible. As you know, to reach consensus on the network Bitcoin is using proof of work (PoW). Ethereum is using it as well, but soon will replace it with proof of stake (PoS). Why would they do that? Well, there are a couple of reasons, PoS is more efficient than PoW could ever be. But, both of them have their pros and cons.

In this article, we will make an overview of proof of work consensus algorithm, its good and bad sides.

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