Pre-requisites for Blockchain Development

Clint Patterson
March 9, 2020

If you’re a web developer, you’ve likely heard about cryptocurrency or its underlying technology, blockchain. If you’re like many of us, you’ve also wondered how it works and what it takes to build a decentralized app. In this blog(video) we’ll highlight prerequisites for blockchain development.


At TryCrypto we’re all about making fullstack blockchain development easy and efficient. So, here’s the good news - you likely already know the majority of what you need to develop your first decentralized, blockchain app. 


So let’s have a look. The prerequisites are:


1. Development background

2. Ability to plan & design a solution

3. Familiarity with tools for compiling, testing, & deploying code (IDE’s such as Visual Studio or Eclipse)

4. An Understanding of the Core Tenets of BlockChain & Crypto

5. Knowledge of the Solidity programming language

6. Frugal Programming Mindset


Three items on that list may have been new to you: the core tenets of blockchain and crypto, the Solidity programming language, and the notion of a frugal programming mindset. 


We’ve got content discussing the core tenets of Blockchain & Crypto that you can check out here: Core Tenets of Blockchain & Crypto.


Solidity 

While you may not be familiar with Solidity as a language, you are most likely familiar with its underlying concepts. Solidity is an object-oriented, high-level language for implementing smart contracts targeting the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). Solidity was influenced by C++, Python, and JavaScript. It’s statically typed, supports inheritance, libraries, and complex user-defined types among other features. We’ll be diving into Solidity very soon so stay tuned.


Frugal Programming Mindset
The notion of having a frugal programming mindset is an important concept, so important we consider it a prerequisite. As you’ll learn, every write to a blockchain comes with a cost. The cost is essentially what is paid to ensure collective accuracy, trust, and transparency on the blockchain. Therefore, decentralized app developers must always consider the cost associated with executing every line of their code. This associated cost of writing to a blockchain is why it’s good to put your code on a diet, not waste unneeded transactions, and embrace a frugal programming mindset.


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