A Revamped User Experience to Access VeChain Applications



  • In the first VeChain Application Development Challenge, we received 22 applications built on top of the VeChainThor Blockchain. We were blown away by the talent level of the developers and the value these applications could bring to the VeChain Ecosystem.

    The development challenge aids our desire to enable developers and startups in the ecosystem to create valuable transactions. We believe in that cause so much so that developer support and value creation are some of our key objectives in 2019. We have been using all of the effort we can muster to build tools and infrastructure services that help applications attract users.

    As a result of that effort, we are excited to announce VeChainWorld which includes an application hub, developer information center, and developer forum. With the launch of VeChainWorld, users and developers will have a one stop source to find applications and useful information relating to VeChain, and even communicate with other ecosystem builders. With this, you have a much needed revamp on the current user experience when accessing VeChain applications. If you have previously registered the user account on the VeChain portal, you would be able to use that account to login VeChainWorld directly.

    Application Hub

    Users are able to scroll through all applications built on VeChainThor based on their categories , and if you visit VeChainWorld via Chrome+Comet, Sync, or the VeChainThor Mobile Wallet you will be able to access and download applications right away.

    Please make sure you have the VeChainThor environment installed properly, check out this link if you haven’t.

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    Developers, you can submit your developed application via “Submit application” in the application hub, and the VeChainWorld operation team will review the application before addition. The review mainly includes a click-through test to verify the main functions work properly and a general check to confirm the application does not contain any illegal contents to the best of our knowledge.

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    Sync

    In addition to Chrome, users can access the VeChainWorld and listed applications via Sync, which is an open source Internet browser with all needed components of the VeChainThor Blockchain natively built-in such as wallet, Connex environment, node, transaction and activity history, signature panel, and it is available on MacOS, Windows, and Linux. Sync provides a seamless experience for you to use VeChainThor Applications compatible with Connex.

    When opening Sync, you will find the user interface quite familiar. But if you look closer, you will find many handy functions integrated with the VeChainThor Blockchain.

    • Wallet menu: you can create and import VeChainThor wallets, and transfer VET within the Sync browser

    • Address bar: when accessing a website or dApp, you just need to type the URL into the address bar. And what’s cool is that you can directly input a VeChainThor Address, txID or block number, and it will take you directly to the blockchain explorer

    • Network and node status: check the current blockchain network and node you are connecting to, and it will indicate if the node is not synced

    • Activity history: find the history of your operations interacting with the VeChainThor blockchain, you can see TxID and the wallet you used for the operation

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    As you are interacting with a VeChain application, the application sends the signing request to Sync which will automatically pop-up a signature panel and request you to sign the transaction/content. On the left side of the signature panel shows the transaction summary, number of clauses and the description of each clause. On the right side, you can select which wallet is going to sign the transaction and transaction priority. You should always check the transaction details before entering the wallet password for signature.

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    In addition to signing a transaction on the VeChainThor Blockchain, you may be requested by applications to sign a certificate through the same signature panel. These certificates are a message signing based mechanism which requests you to provide your wallet address or to agree to the terms of agreement for the application.

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    VeChainThor Wallet Application Browser

    Mobile experience has become so dominating nowadays that most people prefer to access applications on their smartphones than desktops. In the VeChainThor Mobile Wallet 1.4 which is available for update, we have added the VeChain Application Browser so that users can access VeChain Applications on the go. Users will be able to access the applications on VeChainWorld if they are compatible with the specific mobile device. So if you are developer and submitting an application, please indicate if it is compatible with mobile device to get more user exposure.

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    Developer Information Center

    The Developer Info Center is designed for developers to find documentation, tutorials, tools, and sample code they may need to build on the VeChainThor Blockchain. The Developer Info Center covers documentation related to the VeChainThor Blockchain, dApp development, smart contract development best practice, step-by-step guides, introduction of development tools, VeChain’s turnkey solutions, hardware, and more. Check it out now.

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    We encourage developers to contribute new documentation, tutorials, tools through our developer academy bounty. You can also make corrections or enhancements to the existing documentation directly in the developer info center via the “suggest edits” button on the top right corner of each page.

    Forum

    In order to make the VeChainWorld a one stop source of useful information relating to the VeChain Ecosystem, we are launching a ecosystem forum. The forum will consist of:

    • Announcements — Stay update to date with latest VeChain official announcements

    • Accelerator and bounty program — Apply for the accelerator and bounty program to get support for your projects built on the VeChainThor blockchain or claim bounty tasks to win some rewards

    • VeResearch — Learn about VeChain’s VeResearch program and its outcomes, including research partners, research topics, academic papers, published articles and technical write-ups

    • General discussion — have constructive discussions relating to ecosystem building, share ideas and get support from other ecosystem builders

    • Development and technical discussion — have discussions about the development on VeChainThor blockchain and VeChain technologies, share your development experiences and get support from other developers

    Enjoy exploring!


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