"Since the beginning of 2015, investors have deployed billions of dollars into crypto tokens that power open-source networks. These include both tokens that power decentralized application and smart-contract platforms (eg EOS, Ethereum) and ones that power protocols built on top of these blockchains (eg 0x, Maker). These tokens are designed to align incentives among network participants and (in theory) should increase in value as network usage grows."
Links to the best articles, videos and podcasts about DAPPs.
"We need to start removing fear from the cryptocurrency equation."
"Since the launch of CryptoKitties – a digital cat-breeding game built on ethereum – roughly a year ago, games have provided a digitally native playground for early adopters to experiment with the unique benefits of open protocols. Currently, most of the top dapps by transaction volume are games."
"Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are digital sound goods that are unique and openly programmable by nature. Here’s a list of the top headlines and stories affecting non-fungible tokens this year, followed by a list of predictions for 2019."
"2018 was the year when crypto went from mainstream hype and speculation mania to a sobering price crash. While most mainstream headlines have focused on the price crash, most people in the space are well aware that loads of interesting products are currently being built out."
"A personal journey towards decentralized organizations"
"We believe that blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies are, at the core, a new way of organizing and unlocking human potential. Humans have always organized themselves in relatively small sized groups (limited by Dunbar's Number). "
"You could say that misunderstandings about the nature of dapps have resulted in the misappropriation of about $13 billion dollars between 2017 and 2018. While some of these ICOs may one day lead to something which merits the initial capital investment, it’s hard to argue that this will be the case for many (if any at all). The technology has been improperly leveraged and overcapitalized (unsuccessfully) in an effort to overcome fundamental limitations. Here I explain how the upsides and downsides of dapps compared to contemporary web services to show how to successfully leverage dapps."
"Augur has been out in the wild for less than 100 days, but talented devs around the world have already started building cool things on top of it."
"This is a short and no way comprehensive analysis on the pros and cons of centralized versus decentralized cryptocurrency exchanges. By the end you should have enough information to figure out which is for you — or at least be the new “expert” on centralized exchanges around the water cooler."
"Our hypothesis is that this is not actually how things play out. We are not in an infrastructure phase, but rather in another turn of the apps-infrastructure cycle. And in fact, the history of new technologies shows that apps beget infrastructure, not the other way around. It’s not that first we build all the infrastructure, and once we have the infrastructure we need, we begin to build apps. It’s exactly the opposite."
"8 Risk Factors Determining Internet Giants’ Vulnerability to Decentralization"
"In this article, I will be explaining a foundational architecture that I advise to many of the businesses in the space due to its simplicity, modularity, and platform agnosticism."
"There are hardly any other cryptocurrencies with a rivalry as tense as Ethereum and EOS. Coming in as the number one and number two decentralized app (dapp) platforms by market cap size, both cryptocurrencies polarize crypto enthusiasts as to their preference."
The article about design (UI/UX) process of creating DAPP.
"0x is a protocol for the decentralized trading of assets on Ethereum. 0x's most appealing property is its use of off-chain order relay and on-chain settlement. Off-chain order relay allows orders to be created cheaply - users don't have to post a transaction on the blockchain, they just need to sign an order with their private key. Only when the order is executed is the blockchain involved. Because order books contain low value and high volume information, the offloading of the order book from the blockchain makes sense and will make any decentralized exchange built on 0x not only cheap to use, but highly efficient."
“Here’s a review of five “decentralized applications” running on Status Beta on the Ethereum mainnet. We identified guidelines for good experiences that most (all?) Ethereum Ðapps should follow in the summer of 2018, and made some recommendations for further improving the usability of the ecosystem.”