IOTA: Tangle-as-a-Service with delion:api
After several months of study, design and testing, we are proud and excited to finally make delion:api public.
The delion API enables developers, startups and established companies to easily kick-start and prototype new business models based on the Next-Generation Distributed Ledger called “Tangle” (More information iota.org).
In 2011, we firstly recognized the blockchain technology as a decentralized distributed and public ledger. Although its primary use is a distributed ledger for cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin, meanwhile there are several more use cases, such as smart contracts. We liked the concept of decentralization and started to experiment with the blockchain, which was not as easy as expected. Although we’ve had several years of professional software development experience, working on a blockchain application was somehow different.
Finally, we managed to send and receive transactions on the blockchain. But the next drawbacks started, when the blockchain started to be heavily used and transaction fees as well as processing times begun to raise, which rendered some of our use cases useless. Suddenly, we noticed a post on bitcointalk, talking about the IOTA Tangle, which promised fast, feeless and secure transactions. This caught our attention and we started to investigate how it works. The tangle is different from blockchain distributed ledgers, as they do not use blocks on a chain, but a Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG). This concept seemed to us to be superior to the existing blockchain ledger. Furthermore, each transaction can carry up to x kilobytes of data, making it a practically feeless medium of exchange of data and information.
This advantages over the blockchain opens a wide range of use cases. But again, we needed to study documentations talk to the IOTA developers and asking questions on their developers channel on slack or now Discord. It was almost the same experience as working with the blockchain. After a lot of hassle work, trial & error and several weeks we also managed to make transactions on the tangle, it worked! But we still were not happy with the heavy road to this success and thought about to make working with the Tangle a breeze, so that other developers and startup can start faster and concentrate rather on business models than on trits and trytes, Proof-of-Work and Weight-Magnitude.
The idea of an easy to use API to interact with the Tangle was born. Its name is delion:api
Delion’s API is designed to facilitate the interaction with the tangle and significantly reduce both time-to-market and financial investment, so that developers can start right away to send and receive transactions over the tangle without even having knowledge of how the tangle works or meeting special hardware requirements.