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The DApp360 Show

When Cardano fully launches Goguen as part of the Cardano blockchain, Cardano community members will have many questions about smart contracts and decentralized applications (dapp). These questions will come from the diverse and heterogeneous audience that constitutes the Cardano community. For example, a Cardano dapp developer might have questions about calculating transaction fees for their dapp smart contract. Meanwhile, a Cardano investor might have questions about the economic viability of a specific dapp project. Yet, there might be others with concern about a project’s team and their funding source. When evaluating a dapp, Cardano community members will have questions about dapp marketing, development, consulting, etc. The Cardano community will need a connection point where various dapp project teams can introduce themselves and their project to the Cardano community.

The Show

We are creating a new show named “The DApp360 Show” To meet the Cardano community members’ need for objectively evaluating a dapp. The show will serve as a connection point that objectively analyzes Cardano dapps and interview the respective project’s team. The DApp360 Show will interview the dapp project team and give them the chance to do the following:

  • Introduce and showcase their project
  • Answer tough questions about business and economic viability of their project
  • Answer technical questions about on-chain and of-chain composition of their dapp
  • Answer questions about the team’s competence, funding source, etc.
  • Answer questions from you the audience

The show is all about giving you, the audience, an objective 360-degree analysis of specific dapps targeting the Cardano blockchain. Each episode of the show will showcase a particular Cardano dapp, its team, and objective interview questions from the perspectives of a software developer, an investor, a business analyst, and more. The goal is to provide you with firsthand and no-hype content that empowers you to make a better and informed decision.

The Host

My name is Hassan Michael, and I will be the host for the DApp360 Show. I am a Cardano admirer, enthusiast, investor, entrepreneur, and Cardano stake pool operator. By the way, I’m also a software developer with over 14 years of experience. I’ve been intensely engaging crypto/blockchain since 2017 with a specific focus on the Cardano ecosystem. I currently reside in sunny South Florida. However, my life was not always sunny. I am a former civil war survivor who arrived in the US as a war refugee. With a little bit of luck and God’s grace, I have scratched, clawed, and worked my way to where I am today – “A Good Spot” is what I call it. You can expect my interviews to be candid, gritty, objective, insightful, and authentic.

Your Participation

Your participation is essential to me because we (D360 Team) created the show to serve you. I need to know the type of dapps you want us to evaluate. I need your feedback (positive or negative) to improve. I need your encouragement to silence the internal doubts that we are not wasting our time. Your presence is vital because The DApp360 Show exists solely for your consumption. Until then, signup for the newsletter to receive the launch date for the inaugural show. Cheers!

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D360 Stake Pool 1st Block

Epoch 3 started with the same frustration and headache as it was in the previous epoch 2. We babysat the node and restarted it whenever our node was stuck. As in epoch 2, the endless waiting game continued. Our team consulted with fellow stake pool operators in the Cardano Shelley Testnet & StakePool Best Practice Workgroup Telegram channel. Many other stake pool operators were experiencing similar problems. Then, the most exciting thing happened in a later slot of epoch 3.

Despite two days of waiting, the Dapp360 stake pool node finally created its first-ever block (10540) in the Incentivized Testnet (ITN) at 20:04:57 on December 16, 2019. It doesn’t seem like a big event. But for the DApp360 team, it was a big event. It finally validated and confirmed that our team had set up correctly, registered, and configured our stake pool node for the ITN. It also confirmed that we had enough stakes to be a slot leader in the ITN despite our low pledged delegated stakes. It was an exciting event to see the DApp360 node actively participating in the incentivized testnet. In epoch 3, the DApp360 node created just 1 block out of 43200.

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Incentivized Testnet (ITN)

Before December 13th, 2019, the Cardano blockchain did not have an Incentivized TestNet (ITN). On December 13th at 14:13:37. epoch 0 with slot 0 officially started the Shelley Incentivized Testnet (ITN). Despite its launch, the ITN was not yet officially live for stake pool or stakes delegation. I wanted the DApp360 (D360) Stake Pool, to be one of the first stake pools in the ITN. Little did I know that this desire would bring me sleepless nights for almost 8 consecutive days. This blog, ITN Chronicles, provides my epoch-by-epoch experience as a stake pool owner/operator in the incentivized testnet (ITN) for the Cardano blockchain.

Pre – Live Launch

Pre-launching the DApp360 (D360) Stake Pool before the ITN official live launch date (12/16/2019) was an extremely frustrating and difficult task. The frustration and difficulties arose from the fact that I was impatient to wait for official ITN stake pool documentations. At the time, neither IOHK nor Cardano had organized or streamlined their respective documentations. IOHK ZendDesk’s documentation varied slightly in steps and processes compare to the documentation on the Cardano Foundation website. Also, both documentations were not quite updated yet for the ITN official launch. As a result, I experienced a lot of frustration and headache trying to set up the DApp360 stake pool. I did not get a single minute of sleep from Friday night (12/15/2019) to Saturday afternoon (12/14/2019).

I went to my real job from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. At 8:00 pm the same day, I started setting up my ITN stake pool node. I sat in the same chair for 12 consecutive hours. During this period, I verified my stake pool registration with the Cardano Foundation on Github. I migrated my snapshot Byron wallet to a Shelley wallet using the Cardano Wallet. Migration was required because the Daedelus Reward wallet was not ready yet. This process was painful. Then came setting up the stake pool node by installing and configuring jormungandr 8.2. By 7:54 a.m. (the next day), the DApp360 stake pool node was ready to accept delegation. At that point, I announced in Cardano StakePool & Best Practices Workgroup Telegram channel that my node was officially ready. It was the first time in my entire life that determination and passion to complete a task drove me to go without a minute of sleep for almost 26 hours. I was glad I did it.