Recently, I published a tutorial on how to QUICKLY BOOTSTRAP A CARDANO NODE. To bootstrap the node, we used a snapshot of the Cardano blockchain from a relatively safe source. However, what Mithril does is provide confidence that the data is genuine, as it has been certified by Stake Pool Operators via the Mithril protocol. Let's build the client and download the snapshot in this manner.
Today, there are several methods available to quickly configure and launch your Cardano node. In this brief post, I'd like to write about the precompiled node + chain snapshot setup, which is both quick and straightforward. However, if you plan to operate a Stake Pool, it's highly advisable to ensure maximum security by verifying and building your node from the official repository & manually syncing it.
Let's build a simple website that displays current Stake Pools securing Cardano network. While the website may appear simple, it is designed to introduce you to fundamental concepts vital for future projects. Learning to interact with the Cardano API through a backend is a crucial skill when developing most dApps. Although Next.js is a prevalent framework in today's web development landscape, we'll be using Flask for this project. Flask's lightweight nature makes it considerably easier to grasp how things work, offering a more beginner-friendly approach.