Building a Better Web
June 11–12, 2018: Training
June 12–14, 2018: Tutorials & Conference
San Jose, CA

Blockchain as a backend: How to utilize current cryptocurrencies in your applications

Destry Saul (Unchained Capital)
4:25pm–5:05pm Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Web services and APIs
Location: 210 B/F
Secondary topics:  Best practice, Case study
Average rating: ****.
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Developers and thought leaders

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of web development and APIs

What you'll learn

  • Understand why integrating with a blockchain is both challenging and beneficial


Accessing the data and logic stored in a blockchain is significantly different than accessing your own servers. Blocktimes, mempools, and minimum confirmations make knowing the current state a challenge, while new languages and the inability to update a deployed smart contract creates a minefield for developers. But the potential for novel applications is huge.

Destry Saul walks you through APIs for the most popular blockchains, outlines dangers to watch out for, and explains which current applications make use of blockchains. These include block explorers, crypto assets, decentralized exchanges, serverless architectures, and more.

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Destry Saul

Unchained Capital

Destry Saul is the genesis (first blockchain) engineer for Unchained Capital, a startup focused on financial products for cryptocurrency holders. His previous work includes big data application design and deployment and customer experience data science. Destry holds a PhD in astrophysics. His research focused on cold hydrogen gas outside our galaxy.