Heralded as the protocol of the future, the decentralized internet promises a lot. Data integrity, net neutrality, and the potential to disable internet censorship are just a few of the many promises.
And while we may be heading towards such a future, developers who want to help build the new internet face many challenges.
How can developers build blockchain-based applications? Will the applications be stable and fast enough for end users? Is there a decentralized network that can reliably support a popular application?
While it’s an exciting prospect, most developers remain focused on old-school, data center-based application models. This is because there are few tools for developers and many uncertainties in this new realm of web applications.
A Catalyst for Adoption
Substratum is working to make the decentralized internet more accessible to all users. A major part of the strategy is building a set of open source tools for the Substratum network.
Among these tools are the substratum network API and SDK that will open their network up for independent developers to build apps.
This is an essential part of Substratum’s vision for the decentralized internet. It’s a fast, secure, and reliable network that anybody can use to operate their own online business. The applications that draw people to this new internet won’t be built by Substratum, but by developers who take advantage of the free tools Substratum offers.
The organization itself is working to create a network that is fast, stable, easy to use, and encourages participation. The content of that network depends on what developers do with it.
The New, Decentralized Internet is Full of Possibilities
Once developers get their hands on the Substratum development tools, the potential for applications is limitless. E-commerce stores that trade in cryptocurrency, social networks that pay users for participating, and anti-censorship news outlets are just a few of the possibilities.