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Understanding IPFS in Depth(1/6): A Beginner to Advanced Guide

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A Complete Guide Including IPLD, Libp2p, MultiFormats & Filecoin

This post marks the first in a new "Understanding IPFS in Depth" series which will help anybody to understand the underlying concepts of IPFS. We will keep the series as fun and engaging as possible ????

This series is divided into 6 parts:

Understanding IPFS in Depth(1/6): A Beginner to Advanced Guide: In this part, we will try to understand What IPFS is, Why do we need it and What we can do with it. We will cover all the underlying components of IPFS in brief(which will be explained in depth in further parts) and see how they work together. If you want a short summary and don't want to understand what's happening "under the hood", then this part is for you ????

Understanding IPFS in Depth(2/6): What is InterPlanetary Linked Data(IPLD)?: In this part, we will dive into the data model of the content-addressable web. We will explore the details and specs of IPLD and play with it to get more familiar with it. You can read it here:

Understanding IPFS in Depth(2/6): What is InterPlanetary Linked Data(IPLD)?
A Complete Guide to IPLD: Its Significance, How it Works and Practical Examplesmedium.com

Understanding IPFS in Depth(3/6): What is InterPlanetary Naming System(IPNS)?: In this part, we will dive into the naming System of the distributed web. We will discuss it's working, specs and play with it. We will also compare it to today's naming system, aka the DNS. We will create a list of pros and cons of IPNS vs DNS.

Understanding IPFS in Depth(4/6): What is MultiFormats?: In this part, we will talk about Why we need Multiformat, How it works and What you as a user/developer can do with it?

Understanding IPFS in Depth(5/6): What is Libp2p?: In this part, we will study the networking Layer of IPFS and what it contributes to the awesomeness of IPFS. We will go through it's working, specs and play around with it to understand it more clearly.

Understanding IPFS in Depth(6/6): What is Filecoin?: In this part, we discuss the incentivization layer of IPFS, filecoin. We discuss it's whitepaper and it's implementation specs including DSN(Distributed Storage Network), Proof-of-replication, Proof of Storage, Data storage and retrieval markets and Smart contract implementation on Filecoin protocol. We also discuss some flaws in filecoin protocol which are not mentioned in the whitepaper and suggest some improvements in filecoin protocol. You can read this part here:

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