PayPal engineer builds simple RaiBlocks checkout app

Janica San Juan 14 January 2018 NEWS

If you are using RaiBlocks, you may want to check out this checkout app.

Daniel Brain who works for Paypal as a lead engineer in Checkout is the creator of BrainBlocks, a simple checkout app for the popular RaiBlocks cryptocurrency.

According to Brain, he has always been interested in how cryptocurrencies work but nothing has inspired him yet to make something on top of the existing blockchains. However, things changed when he found out about RaiBlocks.

One of the biggest problems for bitcoin is that it cannot handle a high volume of transactions, since the number of transactions it can handle is limited. Some bitcoin transactions take hours. On top of the long waiting time, users are also charged as much as $15 per transaction.

This is where RaiBlocks come into play. Zero fees and near instant transactions are the two main benefits that RaiBlocks offers. Instead of having one large blockchain-based network, it has individual blockchains. Moreover, it avoids the need to use a wider blockchain network to verify transactions.

Because RaiBlocks is relatively new and isn’t just an incremental improvement on top of bitcoin’s blockchain technology, Brain immediately became interested in it. He educated himself on the platform and tried to do a few sub-10-second transactions by himself.

The weekend after trying RaiBlocks, Brain built BrainBlock’s proof-of-concept. He spent a few more days to polish it and it’s now working well. You can try it now if you want to send and receive some transactions.

However, since it is only his weekend hack project, the checkout app is still at alpha quality.

In order to use the checkout app, you need to follow three steps. First, click the button that you can find at BrainBlock’s website. Second, copy and paste the code somewhere on your site and make sure that you are able to handle successful payments. Third, verify the transaction by calling the BrainBlocks API. The amount and destination should match and the token should be unique in order to avoid replays.

If you encounter any issues, you can also contact Brain by clicking the "Bugs/support requests" button.

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