I really had a blast attending CoinSummit London 2014 last week.Besides meeting lots of awesome people, we also heard a bit more about some of the Bitcoin startups that are currently looking for funding. Chain is one of these companies.
Chain basically offers a developer platform for blockchain-based applications and services. In order to access this platform, functions can be called up through the Chain API, which is available in a variety of languages and SDKs.
As the blockchain is becoming a more and more critical part of not just Bitcoin, but also the internet and even the entire world, managing the blockchain has become harder for developers. Thanks to Chain, a lot of the stress is taken away.
By using the Chain API, you no longer have to worry about cumbersome tasks such as data engineering, scalability, et cetera. Chain maintains a fleet of self-healing, auto-scaling Bitcoind nodes, so you won’t have to worry about that anymore!
All blockchain-related services have to be both fast and reliable, because they simply cannot afford to go down, ever. Chain never goes down (and has therefore a guaranteed 100% uptime) , because they have a ton of redundancy and engineers work in on-call rotations 24/7.
Not only does Chain’s API make it a lot easier to focus on building the best application possible, they have also published several API docs. Topics range from authentication to methods for getting an address’ transaction list and getting block information. These API docs exist for cURL, Ruby, iOS, Node.js and jQuery.
On the Chain Blog (link), you can find very useful information and tips in regards to building Bitcoin-related applications. Their latest post covers some of the basic information on how to call up methods in iOS, which you can find here.
I almost forgot to mention the very best part of using Chain’s API : it is completely free of charge! As the Chain API is currently in public beta, you will receive an unlimited beta API key for just filling in your e-mail address and generating a password.
In order to make sure everything is safe and secure, all operations through the Chain API are SSL enforced, and all responses are signed. This is done in order to prevent any malicious attempts (willingly or not) by the end-user, as well as to protect user data.
As of this writing, there are over 1,000 registered developers working with Chain’s API. On top of that, dozens of companies are currently building applications using Chain’s API. The possibilities are nearly endless when using Chain.
Make sure to check out the Chain website : https://chain.com
And follow Chain on Twitter as well : https://twitter.com/chain