Web3: Blockchain Technology and DevOps
Although it is still under development, Web3 has been demonstrated as a platform that can bring blockchain and DevOps together. DevOps is discussed in this article along with its methods, tools, and how it will work with blockchain technology to bring about Web3 solutions.
The phrase “DevOps” describes a way of thinking about and conducting software development as a whole, including its associated philosophy, development style, process, and technology. Collaboration, automation, predictability, reduced timelines, and rapid response times are just a few of the ways in which DevOps hopes to boost software delivery quality for their clients.
Distributed ledger technology like blockchain is inherently immutable. The “blocks” in a blockchain ledger are independently stored chunks of data that document actions taken or exchanged on the ledger. Once a transaction is recorded in the blockchain, it cannot be altered in any way. Blockchain’s intrinsic nature is always dispersed, but it can be administered centrally if desired.
Blockchain networks, on the other hand, typically don’t rely on a single server but instead are hosted by individual computers or nodes. In addition, because they are distributed, blockchains do not require special permissions for users to join or contribute to the network.
The term “Web3” refers to an imagined version of the third generation of the Internet. User-generated content, ubiquitous e-commerce, and user-friendliness were all ushered in by Web2. Web3, enabled by blockchain technology, is sufficient to usher in a new era of decentralization by shifting control of user data from dominant institutions to the users themselves. New tools provided by Web3 groups like ConsenSys have the potential to improve security and productivity when used in tandem with established DevOps procedures.
How can blockchain help DevOps?
Blockchain is an emerging technology whose usefulness extends far beyond the realm of cryptocurrencies. There are several ways in which the technology, as it develops, can improve the DevOps and software delivery process.
Delivering Unchangeable Records Openly
The distributed, unchangeable ledger provided by blockchain technology can be utilized by applications to improve the honesty and dependability of their service delivery. Blockchain’s trustworthiness is enhanced by the fact that each node can store a full record of the software’s development and all of its prerequisites.
Testing and Verification of Smart Contracts
The smart contract’s arbitrary code is only carried out if certain circumstances are met. This means that smart contracts can be used to control the quality assurance procedure. The method will also aid in automating the process of regulatory compliance and approval.
Subsidiary Liability Arrangements with Electronic Contracts
Smart contracts can be used in software distribution to encode SLAs for app users. This eliminates any room for doubt or argument regarding the agreement’s stipulations. Distributed ledgers can also be used to settle payments and safeguard authorizations.
Security and Auditability of Immutable Ledgers
DevSecOps is a practice aimed at ensuring software security; blockchains that necessitate authentication take this a step further by verifying the identities of network participants. Researchers can determine when a security compromise occurred with the use of an immutable ledger that records all log events.
Since all nodes in a blockchain have access to the whole transaction history, auditing the relevant ledgers in open source or third-party libraries is a viable option for maintaining and verifying supply chain security.
Futuristic impact of DevOps and Web3
Web3 has the potential to give rise to a new wave of blockchain-based DevOps tools, strategies, and processes. Open source and international corporate collaboration can benefit from decentralized, distributed, secure code repositories. The Radicle and Ellcrys code repositories are two good examples of this type.
Because of the limitations of blockchain technology and the need for a robust library system, Web3 calls for the use of specialized programming languages. One such programming language is known as Solidity. The Ethereum Virtual Machine allows developers to create, test, and deploy applications using frameworks like Truffle (EVM).
The sender of a message may not be able to be verified using a Web2 application, but the message itself may. A trusted node security layer is introduced in blockchain technology to confirm the sender. Immutable ledgers and smart contracts in Web3 will boost developer trust and security, allowing for impartial evaluation of software’s quality and use. Such smart contracts can be audited by using tools like Diligence. Quorum Key Manager is only one of many available solutions for handling sensitive data and keys.