Compound’s Gateway is an interest-bearing stable-coin bridge between compatible DeFi blockchains [1]. Amongst many other things, Compound’s Gateway allows you to upload an asset of your choosing (as collateral) and then borrow a different asset (against your collateral). More on on borrowing below, please read on 😊

Compound’s Gateway is built on Substrate; a modular framework that enables you to create purpose-built blockchains by composing custom or pre-built components [2].

https://www.parity.io/substrate/

As highlighted by Compound Finance … “We chose Substrate so that we could focus on building application code, instead of inventing consensus algorithms; it’s a modern framework built on a…


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Translating a menu (to 15 different languages)

This article shows you how to translate a menu without any need to download an app. This optical character recognition (OCR) & language translation technology, of course, has much broader usage scenarios. However, sometimes it is good to focus on a niche use case in order to reach a specific target audience.

A recent article of mine mentioned that web application building is moving away from the traditional onerous process of (the application developer) needing to run servers.

Instead the JAMStack architecture now allows us to build sophisticated web applications using just Javascript, APIs and Markup.

Another…


This article is a continuation of a previous article called “An invitation to JAMStack web-app architecture”. In that previous article we discovered how easy it is to create Javascript, to access API endpoints, and then display the results of those endpoints via Markup (JAM).

We now know that there are many free-to-access API endpoints which will provide raw data (such as the Solar System Open Data API, which we introduced in the previous article).

In addition to accessing free data, we can now also write custom functions and execute these custom functions as APIs. This Function as a Service (FaaS)


What is JAMStack?

JAMstack is a new approach to building websites and web applications (Utomo, 2020). The Stack, part, in JAMStack refers to the fact that we are talking about many separate layers of technology, which when combined are able to deliver a complete web site or web application.

The JAM, in the JAMStack architecture refers to client-side JavaScript, reusable APIs, and Markup (Hoang, 2020).

Why is JAMStack awesome?

From a stack comparison standpoint, another common & well-known stack, for delivering Web sites and web applications, is the LAMP stack.

LAMP, circa 1998, is a combination of Linux, PHP, MySQL and Linux.

LAMP overview

K7.india at English Wikipedia, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

As you can see from…


This article is inspired by a Rust programming video [1] featuring David McKay [2] and Jane Lusby [3]. The aforementioned video demonstrates how to create an anagram finder, natively in Rust.

This anagram finder interests me greatly because I have been searching for a use case (potential scenario) where a remote client-side user (the caller who needs the anagram challenge solved) can submit only a tiny amount of data (some random letters) and let a server-side Function as a Service(FaaS) do everything else.

For example, the anagram finder (FaaS) would be responsible for:

  • fetching (or storing) a huge word list,

This is a follow up article. The previous article “An easy way to boost your client-side Javascript using WebAssembly(Wasm)” demonstrated that client-side Javascript can take advantage of Function as a Service(FaaS) technology in order to perform tasks which are not built into the Javascript client-side scripting language.

The previous article used a naive algorithm (written in client-side Javascript) to benchmark how calling a FaaS (processing bytes on a server-side WebAssembly (Wasm) Virtual Machine(VM) via HTTP request/response) would compare to processing locally on the client. The original results were as follows.

The original results showed that the Wasm VM was able…


It is well known that “WebAssembly is not here to kill JavaScript” [1]. We use Javascript as an integral part of the Web, and it is here to stay. In saying that, Wasm is growing fast, in terms of both popularity and also usage. Why? Because it offers key features such as safety and performance. In reality Javascript and Wasm mesh together nicely to benefit users of the Web.

Chris Williams, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

This article shows you how to implement cutting-edge information technology (IT) services without any of the traditional costs associated with server-side infrastructure. How? By implementing Function as a Service (FaaS) technology.

Image by Elias Sch. Pixabay

Advantages of Function as a Service (FaaS) technology

When we refer to costs, we are not only talking about the costs of physically running and maintaining on-premises (in-house) server infrastructure. These costs are huge, granted! FaaS technologies also help reduce loss of revenue as agile competitors (like startups) attempt to displace traditional businesses (which have slower and less agile IT infrastructure).

Lean startups move along two intertwined paths a) modifying and adapting their value proposition to changing…


Strings in WebAssembly

I wrote an article called “Strings in WebAssembly” a few months back. At the time of writing the article I was attempting to perform the obligatory “hello world” example in a new language; WebAssembly (also referred to as just “Wasm”).

A lot has happened since then!

Moving towards programming the Web with WebAssembly

Imagine having a tiny web-enabled hand-held hardware device (such as RaspberryPi or Arduino) which you could use to summon answers to problems that require immense computation (memory and storage far beyond what that physical device in your hand could offer).

Miiicihiaieil Hieinizilieir / Wikimedia Commons

This article describes a free, cloud agnostic ecosystem which provides safe and private storage…


The WebAssembly Summit was held in Silicon Valley, on the 10th February 2020. The venue, Google’s newest building at 1625 Plymouth St Mountain View CA.

https://webassembly-summit.org/

This extremely well organised event kicked off with a clear message for its new WebAssembly community …

“Be actively awesome to each other!”

Timothy McCallum

Researcher and Open Source Core Developer at secondstate.io — Book contributions Mastering Ethereum, Building Blockchain Apps — Mentor Google Summer of Code…

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