A brief summary of Ethereum ERCs

A brief summary of Ethereum ERCs

An overview of common ERCs such as ERC-20, ERC-721 and new ones


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Ethereum Request for Comments (ERC) - it's like the cookbook for creating awesome decentralized apps (dApps) on the Ethereum blockchain! Think of ERCs as recipes that provide a common language for developers to make their dApps work together seamlessly.

First up, we've got the popular ERC-20 standard for fungible tokens. Think of these as tokens that are interchangeable with each other, like how you can trade in your monopoly money for another player's monopoly money. These tokens are used for things like digital currencies, reward points, and more. To be an ERC-20 token, your smart contract just needs to follow a few simple rules, like how to transfer tokens from one address to another, how to check the balance of an address, and more.

Next, we've got the unique ERC-721 standard for non-fungible tokens. These tokens are one-of-a-kind and can't be divided or exchanged for equal value. Think of them as a collector's item, like a rare baseball card. ERC-721 tokens are used for things like virtual real estate, collectibles, and digital art. To be an ERC-721 token, your smart contract needs to follow a set of rules that allow you to transfer ownership, check the number of tokens owned by an address, and more.

There are other ERC standards as well, like ERC-223, ERC-621, and ERC-1155. ERC-223 provides a more efficient and secure way to handle token transfers, ERC-621 lets you adjust the total supply of tokens, and ERC-1155 allows for the creation of both fungible and non-fungible tokens in a single contract. It's like having a multi-purpose tool instead of a bunch of single-use tools!

And let's not forget about some of the newer kids on the block - the ERC-777 and ERC-4626 standards! ERC-777 is a forward-compatible upgrade of the ERC-20 standard, offering more flexibility and security in token transfers. It allows for things like custom operators and advanced functionality, like the ability to block specific addresses from receiving tokens.

ERC-4626, on the other hand, is all about bringing DeFi (decentralized finance) to the masses. It standardizes the process of creating and trading wrapped tokens, which are tokens that represent other assets, like cryptocurrencies or commodities. With ERC-4626, it's easier for developers to create DeFi applications that are accessible and user-friendly for everyone.

So, there you have it - the exciting world of Ethereum Request for Comments! By using ERC standards, developers can focus on making awesome dApps without worrying about compatibility issues. It's like having a universal language that everyone speaks - it makes communication and collaboration so much easier. Get ready to join the decentralized party and make some magic happen!

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