According to an announcement made on August 9th, the team that developed Gitcoin, which is based on a community that encourages and incentivizes collaboration in open-source software development is now seeking to integrate Ethereum Name Service (ENS) into dApps.
In order to encourage developers to incorporate ENS in their dApps, the Gitcoin community is offering a bounty for anyone that does. This includes instances where an issue is reviewed and completed (which includes ENS compatibility), the developer/s that worked on the issue would be rewarded with a bounty.
Dean Eigenmann, who works as a dispute resolution researcher and developer for the ENS, explained the process for integrating ENS into Dapp infrastructure. He argued that the first step would be one that helps the application to understand ENS', this being resolving ENS names.
This step is crucial for wider implementation of ENS, simply because users will need to update their ENS names at some point, so if the dApp understands them, it would be able to resolve the new names – this would function in the same way that a browser would redirect to another IP address if the site they were visiting switched servers.
Eigenmann stipulated that the second step would be to make sure that the dApp displays the ENS name wherever the addresses are shown. One of the only problems with this would be if a user entered their hash address rather than an ENS name. If this happened to be the case, then the system would need to reverse resolve it to display the human-readable ENS name (otherwise known as the ‘canonical' name).
ENS integration has accounted for a significant volume of traffic across the blockchain community and news channels. One correlating development has been MetaMask's recent 4.9.0 update which, along with providing Trezor integration, boasts some compatibility features with ETH domains. This aims to reduce the likelihood that users will be unknowingly exposed to “DNS related hacking and phishing.”
The ENS also announced recently that it will be partnering up with Minds + Machines Group Limited, which functions as a Domain Name System registry operator. This partnership will allow users to link their hash identifiers with the top-level domain .luxe, enabling names to resolve over the internet the way email and web traffic typically do.