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👋 Hi, I'm Yos.

I'm a Software Engineer based in Singapore.

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Recently

Recently

Recently is a periodic retrospective.

At the end of a month I publish a review of things I read/wrote/built/thought over the past month. My goal is to create a ‘brain log’ where I can capture these ideas on paper for future me to review.

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The Origin of Money

The Origin of Money

This is an abridged explanation of how money emerged from an initial state of barter. Most of the material is from the book Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action by Robert Murphy.

Murphy’s book reviews the works of Ludwig von Mises’ Human Action and Carl Menger’s On the Origins of Money. I highly recommend checking them out if you find the following summary interesting.

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The Ethics of Money Production

The Ethics of Money Production, Abridged

This is an abridged version of Jörg Guido Hülsmann’s The Ethics of Money Production, with an emphasis on the origins of money, private coinage, and competition of private currencies.

The original book is available as a free PDF and on paperback. Images used are from Spice and Wolf by Keito Koume and Isuna Hasekura.

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The Use of Knowledge in Society

The Use of Knowledge in Society

This is an abridged version of Friedrich Hayek’s The Use of Knowledge in Society.

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Decentralized Finance Explained

Decentralized Finance Explained

Decentralized Finance (or DeFi) is an emerging category of financial applications that are being developed on top of trustless networks. Today, most of this innovation is happening on the Ethereum blockchain. An entire digital finance stack came into existence within the past 18 months, under the radar of most people.

This guide will explain to you what DeFi is all about, without the jargon.

What We'll Learn

Our exploration of DeFi will consist of three parts:

  • An introduction to what DeFi means and why it matters.

  • A tour of different financial applications in the Ethereum ecosystem.

  • A deep dive into decentralized lending with the Compound protocol.

By the end of this guide, you’ll have a better understanding of DeFi and be able to learn more on your own. Read on!

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Best Practices for Smart Contract Development

Smart Contract Development Best Practices

The history of software development spans decades. We benefit from the best practices, design patterns, and nuggets of wisdom that has accumulated over half a century.

In contrast, smart contract development is just getting started. Ethereum and Solidity launched in 2015, only a handful of years ago.

The crypto space is an ever-growing uncharted territory. There’s no definitive stack of tools - like LAMP or MEAN in web development - to build decentralized apps. There are no developer handbooks like Design Patterns or Clean Code for smart contracts. Information and tools are scattered all over the place.

You’re reading the missing guide I wish existed. It summarizes the lessons I’ve learned from writing smart contracts, building decentralized applications, and open source projects in the Ethereum ecosystem. If you’re a developer new to crypto, please let me know if you find this guide helpful.

Let’s get started!

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How to Verify Smart Contracts on Etherscan

How to Verify Smart Contracts on Etherscan

Want to quickly build a web UI for your smart contracts? Etherscan can do that for you! Read on to learn how to verify your Solidity smart contracts on Etherscan.

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Smart Contract Extensibility with Wrapped Tokens

Smart Contract Extensibility with Wrapped Tokens

Smart contracts’ open source and immutable nature enables permissionless innovation in the space. People and companies can innovate on top of protocols without worrying about the rules of the game changing later on. Any Developer can innovate and build new dApps freely in a permissionless manner, without needing anybody’s approval.

When a dApp (decentralized app) is built off of the Ethereum Blockchain it usually implements its own ERC20 Token. Think Augur’s REP Token, or Bancor’s BNT Token. ERC20 is a token standard developed after the release of ETH that defines how tokens are transferred and how to keep a consistent record of those transfers among tokens in the Ethereum Network.

Decentralized services can be composed together to harness their particular strengths. The question is: How can developers extend the capability of an existing ERC20 token contract? In this article, let’s examine a design pattern around smart contract extensibility: Wrapped Tokens.

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Patronage Reimagined: Harberger Crypto-Collectibles

Patronage Reimagined: Harberger Crypto-Collectibles

I won the Singapore National Blockchain Challenge. Read on to learn more about my winning project around decentralized crowdfunding.

Platforms such as Patreon has high fees and can deplatform you at any time. Instead of having to go through a centralized platform, what if Creators can utilize smart contracts and decentralized protocols to crowdfund in an intermediary-free way?

Enter Patronage Collectibles.

You can check out our post-hackathon interview here.

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Patronage Markets

Patronage Markets

To learn more about the why, check out The Fall of Fan Patronage.

A Patronage Market is a cryptoeconomic system that facilitates the creation of market-driven communities between Creators and Patrons on the Ethereum blockchain, without the need to trust counterparties or to pass intermediaries. It’s an alternative crowdfunding mechanism for a creative space plagued by platform censorship.

In a Patronage Market:

  • Creators issue unique personal cryptocurrencies backed by products and/or services which makes it spendable.
  • Patrons collect tokens to redeem it for services and/or exclusive privileges, acquire social status, and invest in promising Creators.

The market uses a ‘complementary currency’ called Patronage Tokens as the currency of exchange, creating tokenized economies and communities.

Let’s learn about the Patronage Markets concept and how it works.

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