A quick review of distributed hash tables, and why they’re a pretty cool idea!

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Photo by Pavan Trikutam on Unsplash

It is pretty easy to start taking a given tool, algorithm, idea, or technology for granted after you have become intimately familiar with it, use it frequently, or have known about it for a long time. It is similarly easy to start believing that, because you understand something well, it must be simple or boring. But every now and then, I’m reminded of the awesomeness of a tool or algorithm that has lost its luster for me along the way…

Recently, I had the privilege of participating in one of the best explanations of one such algorithm (Kademlia distributed hash…


As summer continues to heat up, so too does Textile!

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Photo by Ethan Robertson on Unsplash

It’s been a lively summer for the Textile team as we continue to ramp up our developer offerings, test and explore new features in Textile Photos, and engage with our growing community of developers and IPFS/Textile enthusiasts. This month, I’ve decided to take a slightly different approach to our community update… by making it a bit shorter, providing less commentary, and including more individual updates. I think it will better showcase all of the amazing things that the Textile team has been up to (it’s a lot of stuff!), while making the whole update a little easier to digest in…


Here’s the quickest way to build an offline-first chat app for Nodejs

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Photo by William Navarro on Unsplash

To quote offlinefirst.org, we live in a disconnected & battery powered world, but our technology and best practices are a leftover from the always connected & steadily powered past. At Textile, we think a new approach to app development that embraces modern, decentralized web technologies while at the same time promoting user-centered data control is the way forward. But decentralized app-development is still in its infancy, and has been notoriously difficult to get started with. …


Supercharge your desktop and browser apps with Textile

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We’re proud to introduce the Textile Javascript Client, a brand new open source client library that lets developers harness the power of Textile in desktop and browser-based web-apps. We mentioned @textile/js-http-client briefly in a recent post about Textile on desktop, but since then, the library has received some major updates, and has already been downloaded over 500 times! New features include a full re-write in Typescript, a bunch of new, fully-isomorphic APIs, plus some extremely powerful streaming endpoints (featuring ReadableStreams in both Nodejs and the browser). We’ve also reduced the library size and made it easier to install on Nodejs…


The fastest way to build your next decentralized app using IPFS

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The fastest way to bootstrap your next decentralized app using IPFS

Build a decentralized chat app in 3 commands? Check! Build a secure distributed database for location data in 5 lines of code? Check! It’s easier than ever to start building decentralized apps thanks to Textile’s ecosystem of decentralized developer tools. And we now have the docs to prove it. We’re pleased to announce a Tour of Textile, which is a great place to start if you’re a developer interested in using decentralized technologies in your next mobile, desktop, or web applications, or just interested in learning more about decentralized technologies.


March developer madness… making things easier for devs

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Photo by Todd Quackenbush on Unsplash

The Textile team was pretty much ‘heads down’ this past month (hence the March update in April), with a major focus on improving the external developer experience. This means a lot of work on stability, library modularization, simplification of developer APIs, and just general house-keeping (moar docs!). This month’s update will be pretty short, but we’ll try to highlight all the bits and pieces that someone looking to build on Textile should know about.

Textile libraries

The biggest news in terms of new Textile developer tooling is our alpha releases of two new mobile platform-specific SDKs. Specifically, the team has been hard…


Textile is expanding quickly. Our next target? Your desktop and browser.

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Photo by Norbert Levajsics on Unsplash

This week the Textile team is proud to kickoff our new ‘Textile Desktop Series’. As some of you way be aware, we’ve recently started to expand some of our developer tools and products to make it easier for folks to build awesome tools and apps on top of Textile protocols and libraries. These new tools are already starting to see some use from external developers and Textile early adopters.

But its not just external developers who are benefiting from these new tools. Textile is also expanding our desktop offerings to make it easier to setup your own Textile peers and…


Better late than never… here’s your February update, in March

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Photo by Aurora Wheeler on Unsplash

It has been an exciting month for Textile and our growing community of developers and early adopters. Riding on the high of last month’s Wired article mention, we have added tons of under-the-hood improvements to our underlying libraries, traveled exotic Denver for an Ethereum hackathon, and even released a few new libraries along the way. Whether you’re a developer looking for some fun projects to tackle, or a Textile Photos beta user wondering about the next big release, this past month has lead to some big improvements and updates that we think you’ll love.

Outreach

Last month we launched a ‘bounty’…


We’re starting the year off with a release, some new invites, and plenty of new ideas

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Photo by Jean-Pierre Brungs on Unsplash

The Textile team jumped into the New Year with some pretty lofty goals, including a strong focus on pushing out more regular releases again. We’ve also spent the better part of the last month focused on planning, mid-term roadmaps, a more stable underlying platform, and plenty of UX experiments to keep our users excited about Textile and Textile Photos. We’ve also started working on some additional developer-focused tooling, including easier setup and install, an easier-to-use mobile SDK, and other goodies. All in the name of making IPFS — and Textile — easier to use across the board.

Textile online

As always, the…


A simple Python tool to import your Facebook data dump into Textile Photos

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Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash

A few months ago, we wrote a simple tool to automatically export your Facebook photo export back into nice, easy to use folders for easier management of your data. The tool turned out to be pretty popular for a while, and gave us some pretty good insight into some of the motivations around #deletefacebook and similar calls to take control of personal data.

Since then, we’ve continued to work on Textile Photos as a safe, secure alternative to photo sharing! So one of the things we’ve wanted to do for a while now is make it easier to import your…

Carson Farmer

Works at Textile.io. Former prof, turned dweb professional. Writes about ipfs, textile, dweb, decentralization, etc.

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