To kickstart a large network of developers, miners, investors, and other stakeholders, Ethereum announced its plan to conduct a presale of ether tokens, the currency unit of Ethereum. The results of the sale were initially used to pay back mounting legal debts and also for the months of developer effort that had yet to be compensated, and to finance the ongoing development of the Ethereum.
Following the successful ether presale, Ethereum development was formalized under a not-for-profit organization called ETH DEV, which manages the development of Ethereum under contract from Ethereum Suisse — with Vitalik Buterin, Gavin Wood, and Jeffrey Wilcke as the 3 directors of the organization.
Developer interest in Ethereum grew steadily throughout and the ETH DEV team delivered a series of proof-of-concept PoC releases for the development community to evaluate. Increasing traffic and growing user-base on both the Ethereum forum and the ethereum subreddit testified that the platform is attracting a fast-growing and devoted developer community. This trend has been continuing to this very day.
Several of the presentations and sessions at DEVcon-0 would later drive important initiatives to make Ethereum more reliable, more secure, and more scalable. Overall, the event galvanized developers as they continued to work towards the launch of Ethereum.
In April , the DEVgrants program was announced, which is a program that offers funding for contributions both to the Ethereum platform, and to projects based on Ethereum. Hundreds of developers were already contributing their time and thinking to Ethereum projects and in open source projects.
This program served to reward and support those developers for their contributions. The DEVgrants program continues to operate today and funding of the program was recently renewed in January Throughout and development went through a series of proof of concept releases leading to the 9th POC open testnet, called Olympic.
The developer community was invited to test the limits of the network and a substantial prize fund was allocated to award those holding various records or having success in breaking the system in some way or other. The rewards were announced officially a month after the live release. In early , an Ethereum Bounty Program was launched, offering BTC rewards for finding vulnerabilities in any part of the Ethereum software stack.
This has undoubtedly contributed to the reliability and security of Ethereum and the confidence of the Ethereum community in the technology. The bounty program is currently still active and there is no end date planned. The Ethereum security audit began at the end of and continued through the first half of Ethereum engaged multiple third party software security firms to conduct an end-to-end audit of all protocol-critical components Ethereum VM, networking, Proof of Work.
The audits uncovered security issues that were addressed and tested again and as a result ultimately led to a more secure platform. The Ethereum Frontier network launched on July 30th, , and developers began writing smart contracts and decentralized apps to deploy on the live Ethereum network.
In addition, miners began to join the Ethereum network to help secure the Ethereum blockchain and earn ether from mining blocks. Even though the Frontier release is the first milestone in the Ethereum project and was intended for use by developers as a beta version, it turned out to be more capable and reliable than anyone expected, and developers have rushed in to build solutions and improve the Ethereum ecosystem. The 5-day event featured more than presentations, panel discussions and lightning talks, attracted more than participants, a mix of developers, entrepreneurs, thinkers, and business executives.
The talks were all recorded and are freely available. Bankers and Big 4 consultants disguised in hoodies shared space with dreadlocked Ethereum coders, sitting cross-legged in the corners, their laptops open in front of them. Packed into a Victorian banking hall in the heart of the City of London, the audience listened as ConsenSys chief Joe Lubin predicted a new future for firms; cryptographer Nick Szabo talked about decentralization in the context of Francis Drake and the Aztecs; and chief scientist Vitalik Buterin assembled shards of the path that lay ahead.
Keeping with the Woodstock motif, this moment in time possessed a kind of prelapsarian innocence: The DAO debacle and hard fork decision that followed was at least six months away, and further off still was the ICO gold rush. In London, things were starting to get real.
A couple of weeks before the London event, Keys had managed to broker a landmark deal with Microsoft Azure, the first big enterprise to really back Ethereum. The publicity also enabled Keys and Marley Gray, principal architect at Microsoft Azure, to cobble together some vital sponsorship money. Then a week or so prior to the event, there was a fear of missing out and a swelling of attendance, resulting in a standing room situation that we ended up with.
Although investors never knew it at this stage, Ethereum was about to foster an explosion in crowdsales. This gathering of brave new disruptors found itself facing the old financial world, represented in a panel featuring the likes of Lee Braine of the technology office of Barclays Investment Bank. Before too long the Devcon banking panel took the form of a lecture, with Braine asking the room how a system of blockchain-based smart contracts might handle some rather complicated netting cycles used by a large investment bank to optimize trade processing at scale.
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Everyone's favorite Ethereum browser extension is coming to your phone. The team is focusing on not being 'just a wallet', but a portal to the world of all things blockchain. Although this announcement accentuates the fact that MetaMask is poised to release a mobile client, which will allow smartphone users to hold Ether and ERC tokens, and to interact with dApps and smart contracts, a timeline was seemingly left undisclosed.
Like Bitcoin, Ethereum is currently backed by a Proof of Work PoW consensus protocol, which allows miners to allocate their computational resources to validate and secure transactions on a decentralized network, albeit at a sluggish pace. Not a smart phone from that can process 15 transactions per second and maybe, potentially play Snake. Today we learned VitalikButerin is a backup singer!
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Gatsby uses quite a bit of bleeding edge ECMAScript so the following is the minimum recommended development environment:. We recommend using npm and not yarn because there are known issues with some of Gatsby's image compression libraries and yarn, and that may result in problems when trying to produce a build. Once you have installed your dependencies you can run gatsby develop to build the dev version of the Devcon Archive site.
We use Netlify to generate preview pages when pull requests are made. Therefore you should follow this workflow when working on this project:. You can make pull requests to dev from your branch. This will create a preview that will allow people to preview changes to the site, as well as reviewing your code.
Once those changes are approved the changes can be merged. If the changes to dev are ok to push to production dev can be merged into master. CSS modules have filenames like uicomponent. In addition to using CSS modules there is also an index. This is located in the src directory, and it should be imported into every component for the sake of consistency regardless of whether or not that component uses any of its values.
The Gatsby development site will run in port , and the production build runs in port Prettier is a tool to help keep the formatting of your code consistent. Check out the config docs for more detail. These allow customization of default Gatsby settings affecting server-side rendering. This is an automatically generated file based on the exact versions of your npm dependencies that were installed for your project. This manifest is how npm knows which packages to install for your project.
The src directory is divided into two sub-directories components and pages. The pages directory is able to semi-magically generate routes for components. Because of the patterns being used by the Devcon Archive project, there are certain pages that are simply there to load other components for the purposes of having semantically meaningful URL routes.
That means there are actually a couple of components in the components directory that are actually "page" components, and the components in the page directory act as references. Documentation for Gatsby can be found here. If you have never used Gatsby before the tutorial is recommended. Also heavily recommended is learning how to use the image plugin. This means that in development builds going to the old route will result in a error. Build times are currently taking several minutes.
This harms rapid dev iteration, and is costly since build time is how Netlify charges us to host the site. Using Prettier is nice because it provides consistent formatting, and will also quickly spot errors like unclosed braces, etc. We currently have a fairly generic file which is mostly fine, but whenever we spot some formatting that we think can be improved we should look into providing a better configuration.
For example, Prettier formats the following CSS:. Will make it easier to implement different Devcon color rules among components. See this and this. We have one, but we could create a better one. Ideally something that is tied to both the Devcon-Archive site, and the Devcon6 and beyond website.
Replace stock Ethereum logo with actual logo we decide to use. Make sure it is a transparency. Make some corrections to max and min widths may require passing some size props that determine CSS to use via classnames. For the Archive components the logo should not have a height greater than the sum of the header text column. Currently only have previous page, and next page.
This is fine as a start, but we should provide numbered links as well. While changing some of the layout of the page while implementing the paginated videos I introduced some layout bugs that I need to fix. Currently there is insufficient contrast in cases where it scrolls over a white background. Most likely this is due to a bad embed link. We should do a review pass to identify all the faulty videos, and fix with the correct URL. Solution: change display from flex to grid and figure out some reasonable grid column rules probably 1fr 1fr 1fr with breakpoints for mobile.
The hover states on desktop view look nice, so they should be activate in mobile view where users will generally be unable to perform mouse actions. I'm thinking it should be 20 or 25 videos per page. I can start running some tests on load times to figure out what the sweet spot is. Overall good scores, but got dinged slightly on performance, and the main culprit was main thread work. This reduces the time before a user can interact with the site, so it is worth improving.
An article on how to improve this can be found here. Welcome to Osaka! Devcon was a unique and large gathering in Japan in October of that featured more content than ever before as the Ethereum ecosystem closed in on the launch of Eth2. With 3, strong in attendance, Devcon iv was filled with talks, experiences, teams from a matured application ecosystem, and more enterprise support than ever before.
Devcon is the Ethereum conference for developers, researchers, thinkers, and makers. An intensive introduction for new Ethereum explorers, a global family. Archived content to learn from the leading minds in the Ethereum eco-system. Dive into the immersive world of Devcon content by selecting topics most. The fifth and final day of DEVcon 0! After a week of talking about the near future of Ethereum's development and completion, the last day would.