Bitcoin Applications Built Using the Lightning Network Alpha Codebase
The Lightning Network Community published a blog post about the emerging developer ecosystem being built around the “Lnd“ Lightning Network infrastructure and the many applications being constructed using the codebase.
Recently it was reported on the Lightning Network alpha release which is a full implementation of Lightning called Lnd. Since then a lot has been going on with the Lightning project as developers are testing the code and building applications. This past April the team used the Lnd framework and bitcoin testnet coins to purchase beer at the popular Room 77 bar in Berlin. Although the project is still in it’s alpha phase, Lightning Network programmers say that developers are using Lnd to build “application-level projects (Lapps)” and new utilities that could benefit the bitcoin ecosystem.
“Lnd is still in alpha, but we’re already seeing a handful of developers building on top of it, starting first with application-level projects, a few user interfaces, and concluding with repositories and utilities that developers on Lightning will find helpful,” explains the Lightning Network developers.
The first application mentioned, a Slack Tipbot, was built for the Slack community, and the team calls it “the Lnd-based successor to Changetip.” Users just type “/lntip <amount in satoshis> @<Slack username>” to send a tip using Masurel’s micropayment enabled Lightning tipbot. The software is in its alpha form and is not yet intended for production details the tipbot’s warning.
Other projects built using the Lnd framework that offer a “user interface” theme include the Mac OS graphical user interface (GUI) wallet designed by Alex Bosworth. It is the first user interface for Macintosh computers that utilizes the Lightning protocol. Additionally, there is a mobile and desktop Lightning platform produced by Jack Mallers. The application aims to support bitcoin, litecoin and has already been tested to purchase coffee.
Back in April The co-founder of Lightning, Olaoluwa Osuntokun (Roasbeef), was also in attendance, and the crowd witnessed a project called the “Monetizing Full Node Project.” The Lightning team details that the platform’s creators Michael Folkson, Alex Bosworth, and Nathan Basanese are continuing to work on this project utilizing Lnd for the payment network, Bcoin for full nodes, and Risk Bazaar for “risk contract” purposes.
Another project designed with Lnd infrastructure is called “Voltachain a pay-as-you-go solution for electric vehicle energy purchases.” Voltachain uses Lnd for micropayments, and the team just recently showcased their project at the Merkleweek Hackathon in Paris. The project is one of the first to apply bitcoin micropayments to the energy industry, and the team took first place at the Merkleweek Hackathon.
The Lightning Network team says there is plenty of resources and guides available now for individuals and organizations to start creating with the Lnd framework.
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