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Announcing Signup.cash, empowering web based DApp ecosystem in Bitcoin Cash
Web is eating the world, but our community is not getting its fair share. Most web developers in the world do not understand how blockchain works and are not convinced that it might worth the learning curve. But maybe they don't need to learn anything new to use it! That's what Signup is trying to do. In this concise article I will try to go through my motivation for creating Signup, how it works and what goals this project is willing to accomplish.
Building web apps for Bitcoin cash is not as easy as we wish it to be. Libraries like Bitbox and SLPjs provided access to APIs for broadcasting transactions and utility functions to sign them. They are pretty good, however, three problems are still prevalent.
How to make users trust us with their private key?
How to build BCH transactions? Can't we just ask for specific amount?
How to store data and build social apps? memo protocol is there but everything is closed sourced!
Signup is a universal login like Facebook Login buttons. As a user, in every website you visit you can login to your Signup wallet and be identified using your unique Cash Account. If you are not familiar with Cash Account, it's a specification for a human readable account name that is directly connected to your BCH address (Credit to Jonathan Silverblood).
The web app you logged in can request you for different types of transactions (payment, storing data etc) and you get to choose to accept or deny it. Those web app you log in, would never have access to your private keys and there is no need for a browser extension to be installed.
Upon using any web app that uses Signup technology, the first time you will be asked to create a wallet that comes with a free Cash Account username.
After you're Signed up! You can use any web apps to interact with blockchain. This is how it looks like in a third party web app:
As you can see developers are totally in control of the experience of the app and are not limited to a set of predefined buttons and components. However, the consent popup in the bottom of the page is always gate-keeping your rights to make sure no transaction happens without your approval.
Many features are still in progress and there is lots of work to do. Join our Telegram group and say Hi! Want to checkout Signup's code base and learn what we open sourced? Check out the Signup organization page in Github. Also feel free to follow me in Twitter for getting a hang of future updates.