Definition of Decentralized Applications

Definition of Decentralized Applications (DApps)

What are dApps?

Decentralized Applications, or DApps, are programs that run on a blockchain. They are built using smart contracts, which are self-executing codes on the blockchain.

Unlike traditional applications that are controlled by a company or organization, DApps are decentralized and do not have a central authority. They are executed by a network of nodes on the blockchain, which makes them more secure and transparent.

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Example of a DApp

An example of a DApp is the Ethereum Name Service (ENS). ENS is a domain name registration service on the Ethereum blockchain. It allows users to register custom domain names that redirect to Ethereum wallet addresses.

ENS works as follows: first, the user chooses a domain name and registers it on the Ethereum blockchain. Then, the user can associate the domain name with an Ethereum wallet address. After that, anyone can send Ethereum to the address associated with the domain name, instead of having to type the long and complex wallet address.

ENS is an example of a DApp because it is decentralized and does not have a central authority. Instead, it is executed by a network of nodes on the Ethereum blockchain.

Benefits of DApps

DApps have several benefits compared to traditional applications. They are more secure because they run on a decentralized network, making it more difficult for hackers to attack them. Additionally, they are more transparent because all transactions on the blockchain are public and verifiable.

Another benefit of DApps is that they are more accessible. Since they do not have a central authority, anyone can participate in the network and use the application. This means that DApps can help include people who do not have access to traditional financial services or who live in countries with unstable currencies.

DApps are an exciting new way of building applications on the blockchain. They are more secure, transparent, and accessible than traditional applications. The Ethereum Name Service is an example of how DApps can be used in practice to create useful and innovative services. As more developers start building DApps, we will see even more benefits from this emerging technology.

By Sonica W3 Learning Center

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