ABOUT THE PROJECT
BOWLER: Blockchain-Oriented Warehouse & Low-Code Engine and Reasoner
The ultimate objective of the BOWLER proposal is an implementation of an innovative, low-code, end-to-end, web-enabled, integrated development environment (Web-IDE). BOWLER will enable application programmers who are not well-versed in blockchain technology (and smart contract) to model smart-contract enabled applications, whilst BOWLER could be used for code generation and possibly assists in testing, and quick deployment and delivery to the clients. BOWLER's platform technology will bolster the low-code backbone for developing smart contracts and dApps that leverage trustworthy service exchange processes - notably NFTs on distributed marketplaces - with better safeguarded and trustworthy content handling.
This project proposal aims at leveraging ONTOCHAIN Objective 2 "Market mechanisms", and Objective 5 "Semantic based marketplaces", while also explaining the reasons we have positioned our proposed solution as cross-cutting, and orthogonal to other topics. BOWLER will -in first instance- be tailored to support setting up decentralized marketplaces (including their underpinning mechanisms) and non-fungible token (NFT) dApps, which in fact may also be traded at these marketplaces, providing the ONTOCHAIN consortium a unique IDE instrument to quickly reap the benefits of those novel innovations and product ideas, that rely on smart-contract driven apps in general, and NFTs more in particular. In this way, the BOWLER provides cutting-edge tech with direct value to the consortium, allowing organizations to become early adopters in this fast-moving space whilst empowering more (less blockchain savvy) enterprise developers, and the wider community at large.
Motivation for the project:
The proposed graphical low-code integrated NFT dApp development environment focuses on security, trustworthiness, maintainability and simplified deployment of the generated NFT dApps or, more widely, smart-contract code. The platform would provide a uniform development environment for all partners.
Generic use case description:
NFT Ticketing. Low-code development environment for NFTs (e.g., in decentralized marketplaces) is the key element to enrich the ONTOCHAIN framework and the first use case we are going to focus on.
a) Low-code IDE for ONTOCHAIN smart-contracts development: (web-based) visual development environment accessible in SaaS.
b) NFTs/smart contracts use case blueprints.
How these functionalities can be integrated within the software ecosystem:
The IDE will be accessible in SaaS (via the AstraKode Blockchain platform). The ontological metamodel ONTOCHAIN profile, use case blueprints, and Solidity code generation "cassette" will be delivered as open source.
Generated source code be natively compatible with the ONTOCHAIN ecosystem.
Gap being addressed:
We aim to facilitate smart-contract development and deployment to make them more accessible and less costly.
Expected benefits achieved with the novel technology building blocks:
a) Low-code, easier and more accessible development of NFTs and smart-contracts.
b) Increased interoperability by design.
c) Reuse of models/use cases through blueprints.
Potential demonstration scenario:
This project will deliver a model-driven platform in support of blockchain-enabled data marketplaces and NFTs. A demonstration scenario will be modelling a specific NTF, generate the source code and mint it on blockchain.
Passionate IT expert and entrepreneur, specialized in web technologies and model-driven approaches to software development.
Back-end specialist with expensive experience in the enterprise software field, and in-depth expertise on private and public blockchains.
Multidisciplinary expert with extensive knowledge of low-code (model-driven) approaches and private blockchain logic and infrastructure.
Co-founder, co-director and CEO of D-Visor, with a background in sales and marketing in the pharmaceutical field, (IT-driven) event management, business liaison and business development.
Author, visionary, and full professor in Data Engineering whose R&D interests reside at the cross-junction of data-intensive software service systems, semantic interoperability and brokering, and blockchain-based applications.
Associate Professor and researcher in the field of DevOps, DataOps and highly federated (Blockchain) architecture, with a vast track-record in publication for influencing industrial standards such as TOSCA.
AstraKode was founded with the aim to facilitate innovative enterprise blockchain solutions development through low-code. The company's opening product is AstraKode Blockchain (AKB), a PaaS solution for blockchain network and smart contract development/testing/deployment.