April 18, 2018

About

Hi there! My name is Ben, and I’m the creator of this blog, Web3 Developer. I am a software engineer, DApp developer and researcher of all things blockchain and Web 3.0.

To give you a bit of background, Web 3.0 refers to version 3 of the web, the decentralized internet of the future which is currently in the process of being built by countless projects around the world. Web 1.0 was characterized by simple static websites with very limited dynamic interaction. Years later the creation of more dynamic websites, software as a service and social media web applications started the Web 2.0 era which could be described as a more interactive web facilitating collaboration between users. In recent times, privacy and security have increasingly become a major concern for users of cloud-based applications on the internet with massive data breaches frequently occurring around the world and big corporations holding, owning and selling user data to the highest bidder. As a result, there is a movement pushing to ‘fix the internet’ so to speak, by rebuilding it from the ground up.

It all started with Bitcoin the first and most famous blockchain based technology which created a way to transfer value (Bitcoin) between users without requiring a third party to facilitate trust. Later Ethereum was created which generalized the blockchain idea and which allows custom code called ‘smart contracts’ to run in the blockchain. DApps aka ‘Decentralized Applications’ using these smart contracts which replace the traditional centralized web server backend, started to be built on top of blockchain platforms such as Ethereum, and a new era of decentralized software started to emerge that is fault-tolerant, highly redundant, censorship-resistant and having no single point of failure.

The internet is moving from the traditional and centralized client-server model to a peer to peer model where there is no centralized authority in control of software or its data. Users in a peer to peer model are all equal (for the most part) having equal rights to participate and do not need to rely on servers owned by corporations to access information which belongs to them. In this way the decentralized peer to peer model has the potential to give power back to the users of the web and create a more democratic internet for the future generations. George Gilder the famous economist, writer and futurist who is known to have accurately predicted the rise of smartphones years before they became popular, describes all this and more in his book ‘Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy’.

Blockchain technologies are still very new and there is still much research being done in this new and exciting area of technology. There is much to learn for Web3 developers, many new tools, programming languages, frameworks, and technologies, but nevertheless, there has never been a more exciting time to be a software developer. Join me here at Web3 Developer to follow the journey as I cover these topics and more, so stay tuned for more updates!

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