If you're a computer programmer and you've heard of the Dat protocol but looked at the docs and still scratched your head (I was there myself a few months back), there's a new guide that explains in very clear, very detailed language what Dat is and how it works.

Just to be clear, I do not recommend it for non-programmers as that is not the intended audience but I *highly* recommend it for programmers:

@darius Looks interesting,and I'd like to play with it. What can I actually do with it right now? It's not much fun if there is no other resources available to access.

@loke It's a peer to peer data transfer protocol that isn't currently supported by any major web browsers, so that's a bit like asking in 1990 "what can I do with http?" The answer is: honestly not much, the idea is to do things with it in the future.

That said, Beaker Browser supports it and uses it to enable true serverless peer-to-peer website publishing:

Cabal is a peer-to-peer IRC-like chat platform that uses pieces of Dat on its backend:

@darius oh, when I did theatre tech in college we stored all our audio cues on DAT.

@darius every time you post this, I open it on my phone and see the following. And…nope *closes*

@paulkruczynski Yeah I will relay that, I don't know why it's there. If you scroll past that it's much better.

@darius it’s funny, b/c I feel fooled every time. “Aha, here is a guide that is simple! Ahhh! My eyes!!”

I may dat:// up a site soon though. We’ll see.

@darius This is the most beautiful technical document I've ever seen, and I enjoyed scrolling through it and not understanding anything about TCP or networks

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