One of the big challenges for blockchain developers is the lack of tools to help them get started. Enter a team of developers from IBM. They took part in a hackathon sponsored by Cloud Foundry and the result was the Blockhead Service Broker. When you look at it closely and talk to the development team, it's a moment of clarity that makes perfect sense.
Enterprise Times sat down with Morgan Bauer, Swetha Repakula and Nima Kaviani. All three are Open Source contributors, something they take very seriously.
Many blockchain developers do not understand the various steps necessary to create a blockchain node. Even when they get over this, they need to understand how to implement things like smart contracts. Beyond that, if they want their app to be portable, they need to understand several blockchain implementations.
All this is inhibiting the development of blockchain applications. Yet this is not the first time this type of problem has occurred. Every major storage and connectivity technology has created a similar problem. In the '80s and' 90s these were networks and network drivers. In the 2000s it connected to mobile networks and used Bluetooth as a vector.
This team provided an elegant solution to the problem that draws on the solutions of the past. They used the 12-factor web application model and simply added blockchain as a service.
It is simply perhaps a euphemism. The team had to overcome incompatible patterns between blockchain and cloud. They also needed to find a solution that would work on very different blockchain implementations without affecting security or privacy.
There's a smart job here and a lot more to do. However this is a significant step forward for blockchain developers.
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