As blockchain developers, creating and testing their smart contracts requires a complex local setup which includes even private decentralized chains that can precisely emulate public blockchains. This leads to finding themselves limited, however, when it comes to storage capacity or in the inability to access their projects when using a common personal computer. It’s not always about the hardware capabilities, it’s more about the local development environment.
This concept is also related to the idea of moving a developer’s entire workspace onto an extensive decentralized computer system, which is exactly the solution that the Friend Unifying Platform is bringing to the table. In this article we’ll discover the benefits that a constantly available collaborative environment would give to developers, and how they can develop and distribute their solutions, as well as interact with their users from all over the world, by using such a platform.
The Environment of a Blockchain Developer
As Haseeb Qureshi, Engineer at Earn.com, says, “micro and macro- economics is essential for understanding crypto-related topics like supply and demand, opportunity costs, monetary policies, velocity of money, and inflation.”
The Decentralized Virtual Computer
A decentralized virtual computer is an extensive open source sharing network strung between thousands, if not millions, of computers from all over the world. Any one programmer can instantly and effortlessly share his or her work and communicate that with anyone without an intermediary or cost. Programmers obtain unlimited storage capacity for their data. Such a simplified decentralized system is perfect for the beginner programmer, since the system simplifies application development. Additionally, developers can access their workspace from anywhere on any device.
“Storage allocation is proving to be a real problem. You need to come up with new approaches to store and use external data. As storage on the blockchain is so expensive (and there’s no privacy!) you have to be really picky about what is it that you’re storing – down to the byte.”
Blockchain programmers pay for their storage using a recurring payment model where they pay a monthly fee up front for a fixed amount of storage space. During that time, they can use any amount of storage space up to that limit. When their paid time expires, they have two choices: pay for another month or have their files deleted. The cloud provider only keeps their files for as long as the user keeps paying.
Such a system is aggravating for blockchain developers who need to store data indefinitely. What they need is a system where data storage costs cover not just that month but for the years to come.
Users from all over the world share applications and information
When you’re working in a local setting it’s only you, and att the end of the day that’s isolating. The fact that you’re working on a collaborative community platform with others brings several benefits, not least of which is that you have blockchain and crypto experts from all over sharing the platform with you. Each user brings his or her idiosyncratic perspective, experience, and knowledge. Many of these participants are accomplished veterans in the field. Especially for beginner developers, such an isolated working environment is a dream! It is also the fulfilment of Linus’s Law that says that “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow,” or more formally: “Given a large enough beta-tester and co-developer base, almost every problem will be characterized quickly and the fix obvious to someone.”
This gigantic worldwide community helps you identify and flag issues, thus making your software more resilient and secure. Troublesome, complicated, or redundant code can be identified and simplified. Errors can be prevented, and you exchange information and learn cutting-edge programming techniques.
Unlimited and instant access to applications & corporate liberation
Developers can access their workspaces from anywhere using any device. The same setup they carefully configured at home will be accessible through a username and password from any computer.
Another benefit is that such a decentralized base will have no corporate restrictions. In the words of Titlestad (co-founder of Friend Software Corp) :
“As a developer, I’ve seen operating systems come and go. Most of the time, their demise was due to bad commercial decision making, financial mismanagement or simply bad leadership. But ultimately, proprietary software dies when their dependencies disappear. And this can be due to a range of reasons; hardware, money, competition… And when such a dependency fails, there’s no community that can take it upon themselves to replace it. They are not allowed. They have no license.”
So, a blockchain operating system (OS) could fix that problem by “enabling developers to build the future of cloud technology without corporate restrictions.”
A Fully Decentralized Workspace
Friend Unifying Platform provides a blockchain-based “massively multi-user operating environment” that helps blockchain engineers connect from any computer device to anywhere in the world.
So, how is this a game-changer? Friend likes to compare itself to the Chrome operating system that is interlinked with the Google Cloud storage ecosystem. Ethereum disrupted the Internet with its secure, decentralized computing technology that cuts costs by removing the need for third parties and that removes data from private to public control. Friend puts a system, with which the users will deal directly, on top of that infrastructure in order to solve storage needs and help you share projects and data with millions of computers.
“We’re giving users and developers an open platform that they can depend on, a friend, hence the name. Here, they can build and deploy software and solutions. Here, they can massively distribute their apps and services to users.“, as Titlestad stated.
Benefits include the following:
- High-level programming with a simple interface – With Friend, even beginner developers will be able to access the blockchain and decentralized technologies using high-level programming interfaces and simplified interface abstractions. The Friend platform standardizes and translates messages to a format that all services can understand.
- Rapid application development – Friend makes it easier for developers to quickly develop and distribute their technology. Its network of nodes allows users from all over the world to exchange information back and forth from any device, any time.
- Cheaper – Friend makes it easier to debug, test, and collaborate on software projects online – removing the need for expensive infrastructure and prohibitive license agreements. There are no middlemen. Friend also reduces the cost of development overhead and removes your need to pay for data storage.
- Storage – Friend reduces development overhead by providing a framework for the user, access, and file management. Friend gives developers a large selection of file system drivers for data and storage. These include systems like Google Drive, Dropbox, Storj, IPFS, or IPDB, in addition to the built-in storage that resides on a Friend node. Data is securely protected with SSL/TLS encryption.
How it really works
The Friend Network consists of decentralized nodes, or Friend Cores, where users from all over the world can seamlessly exchange information and files from any device, anywhere. Your digital property and private information is encrypted to protect it from unauthorized access.
Apps on the Friend Unifying Platform include the following:
The virtual Friend Cloud Computer
The Friend Cloud Computer is your analogy to Google Cloud. Any programmer (or user for that matter) can access Friend Cloud Computers from any web enabled device, which includes mobile, notebook/PC, TV, VR, and audio user-interface formats.
The Friend Store aggregates available services, resources, and applications in a web store where users and developers can trade using FRND tokens, fiat currency, or invoices.
Friend Chat is used in the same way that video chats are used. The system can be integrated into all sorts of applications, ranging from seismic imaging software to other data analysis tools.
Friend Workspace hosts your entire development workflow and offers users a complete environment for work and play.
Friend has a powerful frame with secure distribution built in.
The Friend Unifying Platform has various service providers in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), as well as the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) space that could be considered competitors, but all of them focus on Windows applications or proprietary
cloud storage. Examples include large companies like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.
In each case, storage is ultimately controlled by the company, e.g., Google. Friend is the one and only business to offer cloud storage on a decentralized system where you, as the owner, control your own data. On top of everything else, the Friend Unifying system is free and allows you to store your data indefinitely without having to succumb to a recurring payment model. If you want to get in touch with other blockchain developers and discuss the new opportunities offered by FriendUP you can join their growing community on Telegram, Twitter, or Facebook.
Blockchain developers experience several problems, not least of which is a constrained storage model where they are given limited storage abilities and have to pay on a recurring cycle. Free and instant access to collaborate anywhere in the world is also desirable. Friend supplies this decentralized cloud system where users can develop, distribute their projects, and interact with anyone all over the world. In other words, Friend is your computer without walls. It is accessible everywhere, from any system.