Welcome, dear Nxters and other followers!
The flowers are blooming as is the blockchain space and the sky is not even close to the limit. “Mooning” is the term that is used when a token goes to an all-time high, but why shoot for the Moon when the blockchain can take us to new places, maybe even among the stars? No one can prognosticate, but smart people the world over continue to adopt blockchain technologies and communities like ours continue to grow and develop new and great things.
Last week in the Nxt / Ardor / Ignis ecosystems we learned more about a new lightweight contract concept being developed by Jelurida, news of upcoming Meetups, Triffic’s ICO, preview of a CtC app, an upcoming WooCommerce AEUR plugin, Lior Yaffe and Alexander Pfeiffer will co-present at the prestigious MIT this summer and much more.
We welcome back our old readers and warmly welcome our new ones. We want our readers to stay up-to-date with the blockchain evolution and we also want our readers to keep themselves and, their data, as safe as possible. Become experts in the Nxt / Ardor / Ignis blockchain ecosystem. So lean back and learn about all of last week’s progress.
- Jelurida – Status Update
- Lescovex – ARDR, NXT and IGNIS will be listed
- Bithumb – Let your voice be heard
- Dontoshi – You can vote for NXT/ARDR/IGNIS
- CoinPulse – You can vote for NXT/ARDR/IGNIS
- Bitfineon Governance Vote Free Listing
- Coinbit – Giveaway as Part of Grand Opening
- Lior and Alexander Pfeiffer will Present at MIT
- Agavon Joins Swiss Bitcoin Association
- Jelurida Blockshow Barcelona
- Recording of the “Future of Blockchain for Business” – Meetup Barcelona
- Meetup Reminders (By Order)
BUSINESSES ON ARDOR
- Nxter Services – AEUR Woo Plugin Update
- Nxter Services – New Button
- FreeBird 2.0 – Update
- Weekly Reminder
IN THE MEDIA
- Hacker Noon – What are Sidechains?
- Lior Yaffe in Medium – Lightweight Contracts – The Ardor Answer to Smart Contracts
- Lior Yaffe in Medium – Lightweight Contracts FAQ
- Forkinvest – Криптовалюта Ardor (ARDR) прогноз на 2018 год
- Investopedia – DAOs, Blockchain, and the Potential of Ownerless Business
- Blockmedia – Finding Coins of Fate – Ardor
- Finance.townhall – Blockchain And The Rise Of The Dapps (Decentralized Applications)
- Steemit – ARDOR (ARDR): Triple Sequential Fractals!
- TradingView – ARDR Buy Opportunity
- TradingView – IGNIS – Cup and Handle Breakout – BUY SIGNAL
- TradingView – IGNIS/BTC a New Coin a New Opportunity
- Weekly NXT/ARDR/IGNIS Price Evolution
This week’s newsletter is put together by jose, apenzl, James, and rubenbc.
Jelurida – Status Update
Any good software is benchmarked for performance, and Ardor will be as well. Last week Lior Yaffe, co-founder of Jelurida, announced that they will release performance benchmarks for Ardor and that there will be major changes to the Ardor client user interface (UI) – according to the Roadmap.
We will release official benchmarks for Ardor after implementing pruning.
As to updating the wiki to reflect the Ardor changes, you are right, this is in the work plans after the website.
We will publish in house results and anyone can repeat the benchmark. This is how software companies usually benchmark their product.
Client face lift is also part of the roadmap. We will try to release an updated roadmap by the end of April. The roadmap will be published on our website.
We implemented many features based on user feedback and we are always glad to accept code from contributors. We are hiring a full time UI developer. For client code we can setup more developers bounties, we did that in the past with some success.
Additionally, Riker said:
Need your feedback, what is good, what is bad, what is missing – First Draft of the “Developers Cheat Sheet”:
A new week brings new challenges and new crypto exchanges and we compiled a simple and easy to digest list of the latest relevant changes. Opportunities to demonstrate support for ARDR / IGNIS and even NXT are still out there:
Coinbit – Giveaway as Part of Grand Opening
Coinbit had a number of pre-launch events with token give-aways.
— NXTER Magazine (@Nxter_org) April 10, 2018
Vote to list NXT / IGNIS / ARDR on more Exchanges
Readers like you can actively vote to get Nxt / Ardor / Ignis listed on more crypto exchanges.
Let your voice be heard:
You can vote for NXT/ARDR/IGNIS:
You can vote for NXT/ARDR/IGNIS there:
Bitfineon Governance Vote – Free Listing
Bitfineon is offering a free listing on their exchange for the top 3 polled tokens.
This is a unique opportunity for our community to vote for NXT / ARDR / IGNIS!
Drop whatever you are doing at the moment and read this:
Bitfineon is offering a free listing on their exchange for a cryptocurrency of your choice. Please tell them which coin you want to get listed on Bitfineon most. There will be a governance vote of the top 3 coins, which they received from this form. According to the information available, you have now time until the 18th April 18:00 UTC.
Provide the name of a cryptocurrency.
Enter the name (nxt, ardor, ignis), not ticker, of a cryptocurrency, in small letters. Example: ardor
Voting more than once is allowed and very well encouraged. Endeavor to vote for all: nxt; ardor; ignis
NXT, IGNIS, and ARDR on Lescovex Exchange
Thanks to our great community, Lescovex announced that they now plan to list not only ARDR but also NXT and IGNIS. Great job Nxters!
Lior and Alexander Pfeiffer will Present at MIT
This Summer, Lior Yaffe and Alexander Pfeiffer will be presenting at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) about how Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) solutions are the future of technology and business. They were selected to present at the Connected Learning Summit at MIT.
I retweet this cuz I am happy that the proposal from @lioryaffe and me has been selected to be presented at MIT this summer.Basically I show (on behalf of us) how #BAAS solutions can store "proof of life-achievements" and help to harmonize e.g. application processes. #blockchain https://t.co/4nrUXmxr0I
— A. P. [#hodl2018] (@alexpfeiffer) April 9, 2018
Agavon Joins Swiss Bitcoin Association
The former director of the Ardor Nxt Group and founder of Agavon (Travin Keith) announced a partnership between his blockchain consulting company and the Bitcoin Association of Switzerland, taking his company and our ecosystem into wider mainstream acceptance. Everyone knows of Bitcoin, not so much of Ardor and Nxt – but Agavon joining the Bitcoin Association goes a long way towards changing this.
It’s notable that Agavon is a partner of CtC, a company that is developing a unique 2- way cryptocurrency ATM that will take cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ardor, Ignis, and many more, including its own token, CTC. It’s unique in that it will not only accept bills, but will also accept coins and will be located in strategic locations around the world.
Jelurida Blockshow Barcelona
Dear community, there was a last-minute change on the date of the Barcelona Blockshow Meetup. Francisco Sarrias (@fsarrias) did the pitch because I had a conflict in my agenda. There were several startups pitching, and we didn’t make it to the final. Next time it will be! Thanks a lot to Francisco!
— Adriana Freitas (@adrianafreitas) April 12, 2018
Recording of the “Future of Blockchain for Business.”
This video is from Mobile World Congress. The expert panel presents their opinions on the bright and growing future of the blockchain. Lior Yaffe, as a recognized expert, is included in this small panel and provides excellent opinions.
Blockchain Thursday by StartupToken, April 19th
Next week Veronica will be representing Jelurida at a Blockchain Startup Accelerator in Paris. Attend if you are going to be in Paris on Thursday of this week.
Anyone in Paris next week?
Another event is happening next week in Paris, held by Startup Token, a Blockchain Startup accelerator based in Paris. I will be the one representing Jelurida this time, and spreading the word about our products to a bunch of entrepreneurs. Organizations like the Startup Token Accelerator are very interesting for us because they are at the center of the entrepreneurship, connecting entrepreneurs, providers, mentors and investors. A place to be for Jelurida as well.
Next Blockchain Thurdsay in Paris: https://t.co/thVQUUqDKx
Great projects coming to pitch!
With @dether_io @ETERBASE @Eterbase_DAE @Jelurida @IGNISguide @NxtCommunity @ArdorPlatform @ArdorGuide and a mystery guest!
— StartupToken (@startuptoken) April 12, 2018
Speaker : Veronica Torras
Head of Marketing and Business Development at Jelurida, the Blockchain software company developing Nxt, Ardor Blockchain as a Service and Ignis. Jelurida B.V. is the company created by the core Nxt developers, keeping the Intellectual Property rights over the Nxt and Ardor software in a single business entity. Its goals are to explore commercial opportunities for these blockchain platforms, and ensure their sustainable future development.
New Meetup in Madrid: BLOCKCHAIN – SMART CONTRACTS, on May 7th
The second edition of Campus Madrid’s Blockchain for Business Meetups will introduce you to the concept of Smart Contracts. The Ardor testnet will be used to demonstrate. Be sure to bring your own laptop, download the client and gain hands-on experience with testIGNIS and testARDR.
1.- Smart Contracts Introduction
2.- Management Demo of an ICO.
3.- Automatic Patrimonial Transmission Demo (Dead Man Switch)
4.- License Management Demo
5.- Process Traceability Demo (Writing / Reading)
6.- Questions and Answers
BUSINESSES ON ARDOR
Janus – Status Update
Last week the Janus team updated their community. A great Portuguese language video highlights their new KrediblePolitics platform.
Video about Kreds in Portuguese by Altcoinsclub. They highlight KREDS as a P2P token with the goal of monetizing digital participation with their new KrediblePolitics platform.
Do you want more info about Kreds? Visit: https://www.kredsblockchain.com/
Janus asset ID on the ARDOR platform: 4348103880042995903
Bitswift Childchain Update
The following highlight comes from the Bitswift team last week – the Bitswift Forging Pool will accept leases of Ardor forging power to their pool. With greater forging power comes a greater chance of forging a block and the payouts from the forged transaction fees will be paid out to pool members.
Paul Busch wrote:
Hey everyone, we are bringing a forging pool online. Feel free to lease your balance to our pool.
Details on bitswift.network
Learn more about the Bitswift ecosystem
The CtC team released a new app that has QR support for transactions. We expect this to work with their planned ATM’s and portable devices for merchants. Nxter Magazine has an in-depth interview with the founder of the CtC platform pending while awaiting his in-depth answers, which can – hopefully – be published in the very near future.
CtC client at work pic.twitter.com/rX1rvcZj8X
— CTC ATM (@atm_ctc) April 10, 2018
CtC has asset ID 6066975351926729052.
Triffic – Status Update
News from the Triffic team! Last week they announced that the Ignis asset that is being offered in their upcoming ICO is a placeholder, much like JLRDA was the placeholder token for the Ignis ICO. They will eventually be a child chain of Ardor. There will be a 1:1 swap for placeholder tokens and final tokens after the ICO is over and the product is production ready.
More from Triffic / Coinerz:
Triffic will eventually be its own child-chain on Ardor. The Ignis Asset that is being offered in the ICO is actually a placeholder which will be swapped 1:1 as soon as the child-chain is ready.
The website is at https://Triffic.world, but it’s currently password protected until we get the nod from the lawyers that everything is compliant.
Re the ICO start date – same issue. Basically we will open up the institutional sales as soon as we get the legal go ahead and simultaneously start the marketing for the ICO proper at the same time. The ICO proper will have 2 presage weeks where tokens can be purchased at a discount.
We realized that ‘gamified GPS’ was actually just a very small aspect of what the app did as a whole, so we started talking about the concept of ‘gamify yourself’ as the app essentially gives you the ability to earn cryptocurrency for doing anything. Screenshots:
Nxter Services – AEUR Woo Plugin Coming
Having an Euro-pegged child chain calls for action.
We have been working on something that the world might come to appreciate. A WooCommerce plugin and a shop that (for starters) will allow you to buy merchandise like our book, t-shirts, and more directly with your crypto! Initially, the WooCommerce plugin store will only accept payment in AEUR but that will change with time as support for IGNIS, and other child chain tokens, are added. As the Ardor ecosystem grows so do the benefits as the ease of doing business makes it easier to incorporate anything we want into the community – if you have the imagination to build it, please do! The entire community will develop and benefit.
Others will be able to create an online store too with the plugin we provide.
Here is an example of how such a transaction would look:
The Nxter community has characters and wildcards and we embrace them all. DarkSideJosh has long produced great dark memes, inspired plenty and ran in-yo-face campaigns on Twitter. He has now released three t-shirt designs that were made for us which will be available for purchase in the abovementioned AEUR-store. His unique style – our favorite tokens – on your body.
— daŕks͢i͜d̛ȩj̷osh (@of_beasting) April 14, 2018
if $NXT been around so strong for so long, what do you think will happen with the second version, the upgrade. band tour shirt. @jelurida keepin it movin. @NxtCommunity @Nxter_org @Ardor_Nxt_Group $ARDR pic.twitter.com/5HNm9L2KCw
— daŕks͢i͜d̛ȩj̷osh (@of_beasting) April 15, 2018
Nxter Services – New Explorer Button
The NxterBridge Explorer has a new button available: Show Ledger. This feature makes it easy to see the transaction history from the attached account without exposing (or knowing) its passphrase.
new button ‘Show Ledger’ in our explorer
FreeBird 2.0 – Update
The FreeBird project is going great. The following update lays out a new (faster) schedule of milestones and upcoming ICO:
Due to the development progress is faster than expected, we will release FreeBird 2.0 in advance. Schedule is set as follows:
2018-4-20: Release FreeBird 2.0；
2018-5-15: Airdrop and finish ICO . We will remove the remaining sell orders of ICO price (0.001 IGNIS).
Weekly Reminder – IGNIS features
Those of you with a keen eye will note that the following list is a remarkable achievement and contains all the items on DarkSideJosh’s tour t-shirt above, plus more, good eye. They are all Nxt features that were ported to Ignis. But wait, there is more..
Jelurida continues to work very hard to ensure that the Ardor and Nxt platforms have cutting-edge features and functionality. As you scroll down this newsletter you will also notice the Lightweight Contracts development, in which Lior Yaffe documents this new feature in a series of Medium posts and on the Ardor testnet. Also, new features like Asset Control, was successfully added and implemented into Ignis on its launch.
Ardor itself only provides the security and means of forging transactions into blocks. All the sexy and interesting things happen at the child chain level – remember that Ignis has the ability to access all the functionality below, a helpful reminder. Many of the smart contract functions were first developed for Nxt and have later become standard or vision of almost every other blockchain – imitation is the most sincere form of flattery after all.
- Nov 22 – 2013 Birth
- Dec 22 – 2013 Aliases
- Jan 11 – 2014 Messaging
- May 6 – 2014 Balance Leasing
- May 12 – 2014 Issue assets
- May 12 – 2014 Asset Exchange
- Dec 17 – 2014 Dividend Payments
- Aug 1 – 2014 Marketplace
- Jan 10 – 2015 Crowdfunding
- Jan 10 – 2015 Monetary System
- Jan 10 – 2015 Currency Exchange
- June 6 – 2015 Voting
- June 6 – 2015 Multi-phased Transactions
Approval by Vote
Approval by Hash
Approval by Transaction
- June 14 – 2015 File tokens
- Aug 14 – 2015 Offline Transaction Signing
- April 6 – 2015 Client Plugins
- Oct 31 – 2015 Peer Services
- Oct 31 – 2015 Account Ledger
- Jan 1 – 2016 Data Cloud
- Jan 21 – 2016 Coin Shuffling
- Jan 21 – 2016 Singleton Assets
- Jan 21 – 2016 Account Control
- Jan 21 – 2016 Account Properties
- April 8 – 2016 Add-ons
- April 8 – 2016 Funding Monitor
- Jan 1 – 2018 Release of the Ardor Platform
IN THE MEDIA
Hacker Noon – What are Sidechains?
This article describes the concept of sidechains and expands on Jelurida’s take on them: child chains. The devil is in the details and while child chains are not technically sidechains, the analogy in the article serves as a great abstraction about the power and functionality of Ardor child chains.
A sidechain is a separate blockchain that is attached to its parent blockchain using a two-way peg. The two-way peg enables interchangeability of assets at a predetermined rate between the parent blockchain and the sidechain. The original blockchain is usually referred to as the ‘main chain’ and all additional blockchains are referred to as ‘sidechains’. The blockchain platform Ardor refers to its sidechains as ‘childchains’.
Ardor’s Blockchain as a service platform for business: Ardor uses the Proof of Stake consensus mechanism. Ardor calls its sidechains ‘childchains’, and they are tightly integrated into the main chain. Security is enhanced because all transactions are processed and secured by parent chain forgers. Most transactions are pushed down to the childchain level, as the parent mainchain retains minimal features. Global entities such as assets and currencies across chains can be accessed through childchains.
Read this great document about the difference between sidechains and childchains
Lior Yaffe in Medium – Lightweight Contracts – The Ardor Answer to Smart Contracts
Jelurida is exploring an approach which is more flexible and scalable than existing smart contracts. No, this is not talking about smart transactions. Instead of requiring every node to process every contract invocation, they are looking at asking the parties interested in the contract to process it and verify that they reach the same state and broadcast that across all the nodes, rather than the contract itself. Lior explains the built-in functionality of Ardor and how their lightweight contracts provide a layer of flexibility and automation which enables building much more sophisticated server-side blockchain applications.
Hacking of lightweight contracts is still an issue. For example, if someone is able to exploit a DAO style bug, and cause the contract to send funds to their account using a valid transaction, this will still work. Therefore for very sensitive high value contracts, a manual verification step can be added as account control.
Since our lightweight contracts are developed in Java they can be developed using the best, standard, development tools available (IntelliJ, Eclipse) and they can be debugged on a testnet, unit tested with JUnit, and in general use the best programming tools available. In addition, our contracts can use limitless repositories of 3rd party Java based libraries used for mathematical, economics, or physics calculations to interface with any external system using almost any technology. Of course, the more external code you rely on, the less trust you have, so it’s a trade-off that application developers will need to consider.
To summarize, building on top of dozens of development man years already invested into the Ardor built in functionality, our lightweight contracts provide a layer of flexibility and automation which enables building much more sophisticated server side blockchain applications.
Lior Yaffe in Medium – Lightweight Contracts FAQ
The idea of Lightweight Contracts is as revolutionary as it is confusing (to many). Lior wrote a follow-up FAQ piece answering community questions about this new concept.
Highlights from the FAQ:
Q: How would account control increase the security of the contract?
A: When the contract account is under account control, a transaction submitted by a contract will trigger an automatic approval process on another node which controls the account. The other node will repeat the same calculation and compare its results with the transaction submitted by the contract. If there is a match, it will submit an approval transaction for the transaction submitted by the contract. Of course, this process can also be done manually.
Q: How can I review and validate the contract code?
A: If the source code is published, compile it and make sure you generate the exact same class file stored in the blockchain. If the source code is not published, download the class file from the blockchain and decompile it using any standard Java IDE to review the code.
Forkinvest – Криптовалюта Ardor (ARDR) прогноз на 2018 год
This Russian language piece has the title: Ardor Crypto Currency (ARDR) forecast for 2018. Regardless of what you hear in the media, there is not a second Cold War coming and the Russian crypto community is an important and continuously growing part of Nxter and the space as a whole.
Investopedia – DAOs, Blockchain, and the Potential of Ownerless Business
This interesting and thought-provoking article explains the concept of a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) and how they might be the future of blockchain. Ardor is spotlighted as a DAO with promising potential for an autonomous, blockchain driven future.
Jelurida is another ambitious DAO project that’s a long time coming. The project began with the groundbreaking Nxt blockchain and eventually morphed into what is now known as Ardor—a Java-based platform for creating custom blockchains. It includes tokenization functionality, a marketplace connecting multiple blockchain services, a voting system, and other utilities required by a self-governing ecosystem. However, it avoids the typical blockchain bloat that plagues solutions like Ethereum by separating the ‘forging’ tokens (used for voting, block generation and more) from the transactional coins used to run smart contracts. This enables greater scalability by distancing the governance function from the transactional element.
Blockmedia – Finding Coins of Fate – Ardor
This Korean language article explains the birth of the platform, Ardor, with its roots in Nxt. They characterize Ardor like the Ethereum of Europe and they explain how the developers addressed the innate problems in Nxt, creating the first flexible parent – child chain system.
Finance.townhall – Blockchain And The Rise Of The Dapps (Decentralized Applications)
This article explains, and highlights, the differences between the Nxt and Ardor platforms. It is important to note that Ardor is more than Nxt version 2.0 and that both blockchains have specific and unique use cases.
Adopters must understand how different platforms are designed at the blockchain layer since this can dictate how it would work with their existing IT infrastructure. Perhaps a curious case in blockchain platforms are Ardor and Nxt. Since they are both developed and maintained by the Jerulida, many believe that Ardor is simply an evolution of Nxt. However, they have their respective advantages given particular use cases.
Nxt is designed as a single-chain blockchain meaning that each node keeps a record of all transactions. Using such a blockchain, enables businesses to run a full node on their own private networks which guarantees better uptime and increased privacy. However, one consequence of this is that such blockchains tend to take up large amounts of disk space in the long run. Bitcoin, for instance, is also single-chain and a full node now requires almost 170 GB of space to run.
Ardor’s blockchain, in contrast, is designed to have a parent chain with multiple child chains. This design allows users to just use a child chain and not run a full node. Child chains can also be pruned in order to reduce bloat so they don’t require that much space to use. This makes Ardor more appealing to smaller organizations who may want to use blockchain and avoid needing large amounts of computing resources to do so.
Steemit – ARDOR (ARDR): Triple Sequential Fractals!
TradingView – ARDR Buy Opportunity by trader aristotelis.tso
TradingView – IGNIS – Cup and Handle Breakout – BUY SIGNAL by CryptoWolfPack
TradingView – IGNIS/BTC a New Coin a New Opportunity by SkyRockSignals
Weekly NXT/ARDR/IGNIS Price Evolution
The following graphic shows the NXT / Bitcoin exchange price at Bittrex over this past week:
The following graphic shows the ARDR / Bitcoin exchange price at Bittrex over this past week:
The following graphic shows the IGNIS / Bitcoin exchange price at Bittrex over the past couple days:
That is all for this week, Nxters. Follow us on Twitter or Telegram for important breaking updates during the week as they happen. The blockchain world, like the flowers, is blooming and the sky is not even close to the limit of the potential for this great technology. See you back here next week! We will keep you updated on the growing world of distributed ledger technology.
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