EthHub Provides A New Way To Learn About Ethereum

The auditable repository, officially announced yesterday, is meant for greenhorns and experts alike.

The Ethereum ecosystem has grown significantly since the blockchain‘s debut in 2015. Protocols and projects abound in the world of Ethereum, whether they relate to decentralized exchanges and non-fungible token marketplaces or blockchain-based video games and governance mechanisms.

With this meteoric growth, though, comes a glut of information from a variety of sources. While it’s wonderful to see such a surfeit of resources, especially those that are transparent and easily accessible, it can also be confusing for newcomers trying to navigate the complexities and continual updates of the ecosystem.

That’s why EthHub was created – to provide a go-to repository “that aims to solve the issue of information asymmetry in the Ethereum ecosystem.” The hub is comprised of three key sections: Learn, which contains “[o]pen source, easy to understand documentation”; Listen, featuring the Into the Etherpodcast, which includes interviews from prominent members of the Ethereum community; and Read, which represents EthHub’s weekly newsletter.

Though these resources are not novel additions to the ecosystem, EthHub’s team believes the platform consolidates the information in such a way that both new Ethereans and longtime followers can benefit. Newcomers can enjoy the easy-to-digest information, while veterans can stay up to date with all the ecosystem’s advancements.

EthHub has four core contributors – Eric Conner, Anthony Sassano, Chaz Schmidt, and Alexander Fisher – all of whom have played key roles in creating and developing the repository. These four individuals are the only ones with commit access to the repository. Sassano said that while he and his colleagues “do not want to be gatekeepers of what content gets published on EthHub,” they also only want to grant commit access to community members who “have proven themselves to be an invaluable asset to the growth and maintenance of EthHub.”

However, all information changes on the main documentation component of the repository are fully auditable. Community members can thus review already displayed information and submit their own pull requests if they would like to add to the repository. Indeed, Sassano noted that the EthHub team “encourage[s] those working on projects in specific domains … to add or update the information on the projects [sic] respective page on the EthHub repo.”

To add information, submitters must follow a template and some basic guidelines, such as not promoting initial coin offerings, not posting marketing materials, etc., but these requests are standard and reasonable for crowdsourced informational hubs. (This is especially true in the broader blockchain realm, as marketing messages are pervasive in the cryptospace.)

EthHub is yet another example of the community focus of Ethereum. Other Ethereans have gone the education route and developed resources for those looking to learn more about the Ethereum ecosystem. Some major examples include the guidebook “Mastering Ethereum,” which can be read online for free, and, a free online cryptoeconomics course spearheaded by Karl Floersch. Those in the Ethereum community often help each other out.

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Verge Coin: Everything You need to Know as XVG Community Member

One of the reasons why the Verge Coin (XVG) community is so supportive is because they are kept on the loop on the project development. The constant communication has enabled the resilience that the XVG coin has shown across the crypto verse. With communications channels limited, the Verge Coin developers have developed a soft spot for the Medium blogging interface, Twitter and Telegram.


As a follow up on their July development recap that included a new Verge wallet design and code, shifting to the Bitcoin v.0.13 from the old codebase and exploration of RSK smart contract possibilities, Verge Coin latest update covers three key areas:

  • Outcome of the recently conducted Twitter poll
  • Technical storage outlook of wallet keys
  • Further insights into the current development of the Verge project

Verge Twitter Poll Results Update

The Verge Coin (XVG) twitter poll intention was to involve the community in making decisions that are poised to drive the platform forward. With the ecosystem, community member involvement helps the team capture the general consumer expectations and implement what is popular among the user base. This is part of the outfits’ transparency move that seeks to popularize and grow its subscriber base.

The Twitter poll sought to know the community development priorities and the results yielded a positive milestone for the developer team. A new codebase came tops with 48% of the respondents fronting for it; this codebase comes with confidential transaction (RingCT) function. The second tier of respondents at 34% felt that iOS wallet should be given priority compared to 9% who wanted the desktop wallet version be given first priority with another 9% voting for an Android wallet.

The percentile prioritization gives the Verge Coin team to work on each individual feature and ensure the community suggestions are addressed. This will strength the community’s passion and entice additional onboarding as the native coin XVG struggles to gain more traction.


Addressing the Verge Issue Storage of Keys

Securing private keys on the Verge ecosystem has been in the offing and the latest update emphasizes its importance. The update posted on the Medium says in part:

“Due to the use of the insight API within our latest iOS wallet and in our desktop wallet, we must find a way to store our private keys securely. As such, many people have asked us on Twitter how we are going to solve this? Well we don’t know it, yet.”

With the introduction of the Desktop and iOS wallet versions, the team has embarked on ensuring private key storage is not compromised given the presence of an API in the wallets that seems to compromise on the secure private key storage. In the issue, the team has noted:

“Due to the use of the insight API within our latest iOS wallet and in our desktop wallet, we must find a way to store our private keys securely. We are going to establish the BIP39 Format, which allows you to recover your private keys using a personal word combination.”

Verge (XVG) iOS and Desktop Wallets Update

Addressing the issue the iOS and Desktop wallets is a timely move given the increasing preference of the two gateways in access crypto funds. Developing these two wallets means additional stability and a better transaction environment. This has seen the upgrade of the Electron wallet from beta-5 to 3.0.0 version. The interface has been tweaked on the “send” and “receive” functionalities and more continues to be undertaken.

The ongoing development and communication to the community means Verge Coin is focused on the future while heavily banking on the user input. However, the update has not affected the XVG coin performance in the market. XVG is still trading in the read after shedding 6.78% to the green buck to trade at $0.013356 at press time.

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Author: Albert Kim
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