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Docker for Polkadot & Decentralization

Docker is a powerful virtualization tool. While this is not the only virtualization solution available today, it remains one of the simplest to use. Let’s see if and how it plays a critical role in decentralized systems. Figure 1. Polkadot Runtime Not using Docker Before going any further, it is probably worth mentioning that many people are using Docker to run nodes and validator nodes. The option is totally valid and (I may argue) even better.

Substrate Runtime Toolbox: srtool

Table of Contents 1. Intro 2. Install 2.1. Pull image 2.2. Using an alias 2.3. Power users 3. Use 4. Proposal field 5. Build the Docker image 1. Intro srtool is a collection of dockerized tools helping with Substrate & Polkadot Runtime development. It especially helps with building and verifying Wasm Runtime Blobs. The Docker image is chevdor/srtool. You can find it at https://hub.docker.com/r/chevdor/srtool.

Kusama Identity Registrar #1 - Why and How?

In a previous article, I submitted a motion to the Kusama Council proposing the registration of a new registrar on Kusama: Registrar #1. Unlike the name suggests, this is not the first registrar on Kusama. It brings a second registrar on the chain as we can see by querying the chain state of the identity module: 1. TLDR If you only want to jump to practical todos ignore the explanations, you may directly go to Certification process.

srtool now showing Substrate proposal hashes

I introduced srtool in a previous article. While the first implementation filled a gap and allowed for the first time users to verify substrate runtime wasm blobs, there was still work to do to improve the user’s experience. 1. Current verification process Up to now, the verification process looked like: a runtime dev works on some changes he builds the new runtime locally, preferably using srtool in order to get the SHA256 of the new wasm blob right away

Cargo Remote: Speed up your Rust builds

There is no question that Rust is one of the, if not THE, best language of the decade. Rust allows us writting safe code while doing most of the safety checks at compile time. That means that we no longer need to bloat the binary that is produced with extra checks to safeguard against developer mistakes such as null and dangling pointers or overflows to mention just a few.

Kusama Proposal: New Registrar

At the launch of the Kusama network, there was no way to identify who the owner of a given account was beside making your own research and adding a name to an account in the PolkadotJS UI. New solutions have been tested and the system is evolving. Background Address book Building your network of trust with the Address book looks like this: This would look as follow: Figure 1.

Substrate Runtime Toolbox (srtool)

Unlike all other Blockchains, Polkadot (based on Substrate) allows on-chain protocol upgrades without requiring the node operators to do anything but to keep their node up and running. If you know everything about Substrate Runtime, you may jump to the Installation section. In order to achieve this, Polkadot stores its runtime executable as a WASM blob in its own storage. If the WASM blob is replaced, the new runtime kicks in and all the nodes start using it, altogether.

Docker Image for Polkadot

chevdor/polkadot is a Docker image allowing user to run a Polkadot node without having to build it themselves or build Polkadot without any Rust environment installed locally on their machine. You can read the full article here.

Polkadot - A Syncing node under 30s

This artcile is about using the new Polkadot Docker image to get started with PoC-2. Note Read this article in German on Base58.de. Exciting times The Polkadot PoC testnet has been up and running for a while, but for newcomers who want to jump in the level of technical detail may seem a little daunting. Don’t let that stop you!