About the Smartcon Tech newsletter
Smartcon Tech is a weekly newsletter primarily covering blockchain technologies and smart contract development.
Whether you are simply curious and want to learn about blockchain technologies and the web 3.0 ecosystem, you are looking for more insight into blockchain so you can make better investing decisions, or you are looking to make a career transition into blockchain, you are in the right place.
The purpose of this newsletter is to break down difficult technical concepts into something that is digestible and easily actionable. I also aim to make the case that no matter your reason for being here, you should join this amazing blockchain revolution.
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In a broad sense, this newsletter aims to cover all things blockchain engineering, smart contract development, Chainlink oracles, and web 3.0 technologies. But more specifically, I’ll be covering:
Solidity fundamentals - Stay tuned for a multi-part series that covers the core concepts of Solidity. Solidity is Ethereum’s coding language for developing smart contracts.
Ethereum Decentralized Applications - Learn the steps that I followed when creating my first decentralized application, and any other decentralized apps that I create in the future.
The greater web 3.0 ecosystem - Web 3.0 is much more than just blockchains and smart contracts. There are many other technologies such as wallets blockchain gateways such as Metamask, development tools such as Truffle or Hardhat, private blockchains like Ganache, online Solidity testing environments, and so much more.
Chainlink Oracles - Arguably one of the most fundamental pieces for blockchains and smart contracts to realize their full potential, Chainlink oracles provide a two way bridge between data inputs from the outside world to blockchains and smart contracts.
Investing - From time to time, you can hear my thoughts regarding the greater cryptocurrency markets as well as tokens that I think will make for great investments.
Learning Resources - I’ll do my best to provide the greatest learning resources that I’ve discovered along my journey into blockchain technologies.
Staking/Running a node - You’ll have an opportunity to hear my thoughts on staking and running a node, whether that be an Ethereum or Chainlink node, and why it has the potential to create a passive income stream for life.
Who am I and what do I believe?
My name is Kenneth Reiners, and I’m a Maryland based cybersecurity professional. I took the leap into the world of blockchain back in late 2017. After 7 years of working in the cyber industry, I decided to dive into the world of software and blockchain engineering.
Here’s what I believe for 2021 and going forward through this decade: our world is changing, in a big way. Some of it good, some of it bad. Our political and financial overlords have failed us, leaving our world in $200 trillion worth of debt with no way out. We could see another financial collapse as we did in 2008, or worse, the whole house of cards could come crashing down.
But just as sometimes a forest needs to burn down in order to clear out the rubble and realize a beautiful flowery meadow in the future, perhaps the same needs to happen to our bloated and corrupted financial legacy systems.
I don’t hope for it, but when or if that happens, I believe blockchain and smart contract technologies will be there to save the day. I believe there will be an awakening of open, decentralized, and trustless forms of digital currency and decentralized applications that cut out the middleman, i.e. banks and governments, and in turn, give We The People more control of our financial futures.
Why are smart contracts so revolutionary?
To put it plainly, Ethereum smart contracts and decentralized applications coupled with a technology called Chainlink oracles are aiming to rebuild our legacy financial and institutional systems and infrastructure from the ground up.
Much of this new and decentralized financial infrastructure has already been developed on the Ethereum blockchain in a sector called Decentralized Finance. With Ethereum, there are no banks. You, along with your Decentralized Finance apps, are the bank. You could move your entire financial portfolio onto Ethereum right now if you wanted to where you can buy, sell, trade, invest, or earn a solid return on your hard-earned money.
If blockchain and smart contract technologies continue to grow at the pace that they are going, which there is nothing to indicate that they won’t, there will be a desperate need for blockchain engineers and smart contract developers.
To be completely honest, there already is a desperate need. As a bonus, many of these blockchain jobs offer great pay and fully remote opportunities. In a post pandemic world with a shaky economy, these aspects should not be overlooked.
To the uninitiated, smart contracts are fully autonomous and self-executing digital contracts where the terms of the agreement between two or more parties are written into code.
There are three major factors at play here that will lead to global blockchain and smart contract domination:
Agreements in some form or another whether that be legal, financial, or a good ole handshake power all global trade and commerce throughout the world.
Blockchains and smart contracts by their very nature increase the levels of trust in our agreements by orders of magnitude higher than they are today.
Trust is arguably the most powerful economic force in the world.
When you combine these three factors together, you get an absolute powerhouse of a technology that will not only change how we do business at the DNA level, but propel us into the 4th Industrial Revolution.
I don’t know about you, but this is a revolution that I plan on joining.
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