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Summary of Components

So far, all of our interaction with Cardano has been through the cardano-cli and a locally running cardano-node. While it is perfectly fine for one-off tasks and goals, building complex products/protocols entirely in a scripting languages will prove difficult to maintain and scale. Further, most developers are far more productive building in their preferred languages and ecosystems.

A Birds Eye View

Image courtesy of Cardano docs

🚧 Thorough Overview Diagram coming soon

As described in our earlier post Running a Full Cardano Node, through a set of bespoke protocols the cardano-node serves as the main integration point to many downstream components utilising the node-to-client protocol. These downstream components can:

Over the course of our Getting Started content, our guides made use of the first two mini-protocols using the cardano-cli to query the chain and submit our transactions. We will touch on the third chain-sync protocol in our following post on querying the chain.

For many developers the biggest hurdle with integration stems from the fact that these cardano-node specific protocols are not meant for external public consumption, and even direct internal consumption can be difficult if you are not familiar with Haskell. Luckily there are two options - you can either host your own pipeline of components to integrate with Cardano or rely on community-built SDKs and external hosted APIs.

Self-hosted vs External APIs

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  1. A store creates and manages sets of keys to generate payment addresses to receive payments for orders
  2. A customer creates and manages their own set of keys and addresses through their wallet(s)
  3. The store listens for customer payments at their payment addresses
  4. The customer submits a transaction as a payment to the store’s given address with additional metadata of purchase
  5. For every valid payment the store will create and process an order in their (off-chain) systems
  6. The store either
    • Records a successful order on-chain via a new transaction with metadata
    • Refunds the payment back to the customer if it cannot be fulfilled

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Advanced Queries for Cardano

Continue to Querying the Chain ➡️