Hello World: Introducing the Ripple Developer Portal

Over the last few months, we here at Ripple Labs have been inundated by amazing ideas on how we can together build the future of payments. While there’s no shortage of enthusiasm given the endless possibilities, writing code has been a challenge, as it usually can be.

As our community begins to expand, incrementally weaving the value web and making value exchange fast, frictionless, and most importantly, convenient, the need for smarter tools becomes fundamentally instrumental.

Developers then are inarguably the driving force behind the value web. As such, Ripple Labs is ecstatic to provide the necessary platform and support to realize that vision—deploying the first support package of what will be a growing library of resources within the Developer Portal: Introducing the REST API documentation and developer blog.

API Documentation

We’ve been hard at work developing a RESTful-based API to make client requests to rippled servers easier than ever.

To get everyone up to speed, we have a handy, three-column interface: navigation on the left, explanations in the middle, and code examples on the right.

Our hope to make running some simple REST calls to a rippled serve as easy as possible, a process that we’ll continue to optimize over time.

Blog

The blog is your go-to destination for the latest news and updates on the Ripple protocol from a developer’s perspective.

In addition to technical deep dives by in-house engineers, we’ll feature stories and interviews with guys in the trenches building real businesses on the Ripple network. It’s also the place to catch our latest bounty programs, events calendar, and XRP giveaways among tons of other cool stuff.

We’re also at the Texas Bitcoin Conference this week—so come and hang with the team at the Ripple Labs booth. If you can’t make it, stay tuned for our recap, likely at the end of the week, along with details about the much anticipated hackathon at the event.

The Future

Eventually, the Developer Portal will include an encyclopedia of tools and resources so developers have access to the information they need so they can focus on what they do best: building things. Our goal is to make building on Ripple as straightforward as possible, with maximum transparency, a clear roadmap, and ongoing support.

To stay in the loop, subscript to our blog. We’re pumped to see what everyone has to offer. Together we’ll build the future.