Decentralized Applications are getting more and more popular due to the benefits they provide to the end user or business – transparency, security and reliability just to mention a few.
A Decentralized Application is a program that is run by many users on a decentralized network with trust-less protocol.Wikipedia
In order for us to understand decentralized applications better, we need to know how traditional web applications work.
Before Bitcoin and BitTorrent, the usual approach of developing web software, applications and platforms was using a central database storage in a server which hosts the whole application’s data.
This architecture as you already thought is exposing quite some security and trust issues, concerns, and vulnerabilities. One of them being the introduction of central point of failure – if the server hosting the database is inaccessible for some reason (power outage or network issues) our application won’t be accessible at least for the time-frame being offline. There are lots of infrastructure architectures of course that can solve this issue as introducing load balancing and distributed database systems but these approaches also come at a price (consuming too much time, effort and money).
Another problem of the centralized systems is trust – do we trust the operator/third-party-service-provider for the correctness of the information stored and provided back. Given the fact that we don’t have access to the database there is no way we can be certain how trustworthy is the provided information.
We need to add here that the traditional approach of building applications is probably the better one for some systems and certain business use-cases. But when we are developing systems that are dealing with value transfers or there is lack of trust between the parties – decentralized applications comes to be the better choice.
Decentralized applications are aiming to address all of the issues outlined above.
Decentralized Applications (dApps) are built on top of blockchain networks using smart contracts and are solving problems present in traditional web applications.
Often called application layer solutions – the decentralized applications are leveraging the features of blockchain technology for providing trust, transparency, immutability and uptime.
Currently there are few types of decentralized applications:
- decentralized applications that manage money – this is the category for financial applications, providing users with more powerful ways of managing their money
- semi-financial decentralized applications, where money is involved but there is also a heavy non-monetary side to what is being done
- “other” decentralized applications – which include governance, voting and apps that are not financial at all.
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Questions & Answers?
What are decentralized applications?
DApps or decentralized applications, are digital applications or programs that exist and run on a blockchain or P2P network of computers instead of a single computer, and are outside the control of a single authority and are designed to avoid any single point of failure. They typically have tokens to reward users for providing computing power.
Key features of a decentralized application:
1. Decentralized – No one controlling power;
2. Open Source – Code is available to everyone;
3. Incentive – Crypto tokens are used to reward network users/miners etc.;
4. Protocol / Algorithm – To generate tokens that reward network participants;
5. Blockchain – Data stored cryptographically in a blockchain
How to build decentralized applications?
Identify the problem and Publish a white paper – Identify the problem and analyze if decentralization is the best way forward. Then publishing a white paper defining the problem, features, and technicalities of the DApp;
Create a proof of concept (POC) and Gather community – Demonstrate the idea to the stakeholders and create visual and technical designs.;
Visual and technical designs – Identify how the platform will look like, making sure you have picked the right platform based on your requirements of speed, scalability, consensus mechanism and public or private network functionality.;
Development – Once the development is completed, first launch it on the test network, scrutinize the code rigorously, and fix any bugs or errors before going live.;
Launch – Launch your dApp on the production server after you have tested the code and functionality and when you are sure that it will function as per your expectations.
Updates – keeping the dApp upgrading according to the changing market trends and requirements.
Decentralized applications – how do they work?
Decentralized applications (dApp) work on a peer to peer (P2P) model, meaning that the nodes are able to connect with each other directly.
In principle, dApps operate similarly to a Blockchain network and often operate on different blockchains like Ethereum. Thanks to its characteristics, like its protection against data being altered, Blockchain has become the standard technology used by many decentralized apps.
This means that a decentralized app is not owned by a single company or authority. Instead, its program runs on a distributed ledger of numerous users. Because of this, they are usually considered to be open-source.