Cosmos Code Review: Dammit, Time To Build

Let’s start this Cosmos code review with a look at the claims. Well, just this one really, because it’s kind of a biggie. “Cosmos solves today’s hardest blockchain problems.” Scalability — Tendermint BFT fixes this Usability — Cosmos SDK fixes this Interoperability — IBC protocol fixes this Only three items, but a lot to unpack here. Cosmos is a big mixed bag of different things, so sometimes it’s a bit tricky to know what we are talking about. We have the following; Cosmos — The foundation Tendermint — The pBFT…

Stegos Code Review: Privacy Platform For Decentralized Mobile dApps

Stegos is a completely private, confidential, and scalable cryptocurrency that’s friendly to the environment. At this point I’m tempted to say these guys are OG in this space. Feels like I’ve known Joel for years, and definitely one of the most persistent guys I know. Remember that whole gen 1 vs gen 2 vs gen N argument that was big last year? Some chains claiming to be gen 8 or whatever, I think we are finally seeing the gen 2 wave. We are seeing a lot of PoS + BFT…

GEO Protocol Code Review: Internet of Value

It’s definitely odd that no matter how serious the whitepaper… no matter how much the font choice wants to look serious and bookish… no matter how the design is led by geometric shapes and single colors… even the most reserved projects just can’t help the hyperbole sometimes. Even GEO Protocol is not immune, and their website is all of the above. Infinitely scalable… I’m going to start taking a shot everytime I read that term. Don’t worry, they make it up for it in lots of other ways. “Decentralized p2p…

Harmony Open Consensus Blockchain Code Review

I find it a bit weird that a blockchain with such lofty aspirations makes you scroll all the way to the bottom of their website before they use the word ‘blockchain’ but that’s probably just because I stare at these things all day. They use ‘consensus protocol’ a lot. Is blockchain too boring for them? Whatever, this is an “Open consensus for 10 billion people”. The “Open infrastructure is a revolutionary high-throughput, low-latency, and low-fee consensus platform designed to power decentralized economies of the future.” Let me start with my…

MultiVAC Code Review: All Dimensional Sharding

Nothing makes me more intrigued than exciting marketing buzzwords – you know, instead of real code and an actual basis for a blockchain project. JK. What I really mean, is that when I read “All-Dimensional Sharding” I actually feel I’m going to suffer a stroke. But for once, I’m happy to report this turned out much better than I expected. So, let’s look at this high-throughput and flexible blockchain platform based on trusted sharding computing. “All-Dimensional Sharding — world’s first fully sharded blockchain” Dammit, there it is again. “Trilemma Flexibility — allowing DApp developers…

MagnaChain Code Review: Fork This For A Laugh

MagnaChain is where “devs come to play” according to their website. MagnaChain is a “completely new, built from the ground up public blockchain and integration toolset used for distributed application development” according to their technical whitepaper. MagnaChain is superior to Bitcoin because, as evidenced by a natty little chart in their business whitepaper, Bitcoin has no scaling solution. Spoiler alert: It’s a fork.     Anyway, that aside, let’s have a look at it. We have certainly reviewed a lot of forks in the past. Isn’t that 90% of this…

OneLedger Code Review: Business Modularization

OneLedger introduces us to the concept of business modularization in blockchain, which is a fancy way of saying that it aims to bridge decentralized and centralized technologies. It’s not entirely novel but it does reflect the growing consensus that the reality of blockchain is that it will likely work in tandem with existing technology, and not necessarily as an end-of-times replacement for all that exists today. So it’s hitting a few buzzwords that we expect to see these days. “OneLedger is an enterprise blockchain solution that is focused on bridging…

Grin Coin Code Review: A Fresh Slice Of Mimblewimble

Grin Coin is a community-based project that launched with no “funny business”. It’s natively private, lightweight, resistant to ASIC mining, and it has made a big impact on the crypto sector despite the ongoing bear market. It’s based on Mimblewimble. “Grin empowers anyone to transact or save modern money without the fear of external control or oppression. Grin is designed for the decades to come, not just tomorrow. “ No big promises, no big statements, clean value proposition. Off to a good start. “Grin has no amounts and no addresses.…

Dexon Code Review: dApp Blockchain Platform

Dexon Code Review – sounds like an oil company, but no! Surprise, it’s the ‘premier blockchain platform for developing dApps’. Might be news to a few other platforms, but sure, let’s go with that. By the way, Dapps? dApps? DApps? D’apps? (I made the last one up, but again, why not?) I think we should all just agree to call them supercallifragilisticdistributedapplications and be done with it. So what’s the pitch: “DApps mass adoption is made possible with DEXON’s infinitely scalable, low-latency, and energy-efficient blocklattice technology.” Infinitely scalable. Why are people…

COTI Code Review: Currency Of The Internet DAG

Taking a look at COTI with my code review today. White label payments solution, high throughput claims, custom stable coins, wants to revolutionize the way digital currencies are perceived by merchants and buyers using their Trustchain consensus. So basically doing the whole “We can out-PayPal PayPal and everyone else too” routine. Interesting though, how they want to do it, and I had to delve pretty deep to get into their solution and how it actually works. I will tell you, since this is a longer code review, I do like…