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Blockchain Development for Newbies: The Five Programming Languages to Learn to Start a Career in Blockchain

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Full Stack Web Developer | Game Designer | Blockchain Newbie

While we were still playing Angry Birds and mesmerising ourselves with touch screen technology, a new industrial revolution was already taking place. I'm talking about Blockchain.

Though the technology is still relatively new, it holds the potential to change the structure of how ledgers are managed throughout the world.

Countless VCs are pouring billions into building out their blockchains to get the dream of decenterlzied applications into the market, but there is a shortage of blockchain developers who are capiable enough to build such huge promises.

The obvious reason you'd even want to become a blockchain developer is because you want to be that leader that ushers in a new age of decentralization (right?), But YES, the pay is quite insane as well! Established companies are ready to shell out $110,000 for blockchain developers due to such a low supply in the market.

Whether the tech is just another gold rush, or has true world-changing potential, here is your chance to work in the blockchain industry, whether you're a newbie, someone wanting to transition out to a different career, or a developer wanting to get their hands dirty in a new, challenging project.

The good news is that almost all of the currently popular languages are used in the development of blockchain solutions, and depending on what specific task you're trying to achieve in the industry, selecting the right language will lead you there.

Below, I'll try explaining briefly how different programming languages are used for different types of projects to help you get your feet wet in the huge industry that is blockchain.

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Solidity

Though it's a new programming language, its robustness is very popular with Ethereum developers since Solidity is mostly used for developing what's known as "smart contracts." Think contracts that don't involve any middle-man. Also, Solidity is already used by over 200,000 developers around the world and has huge demand from companies who need developers to build digital contracts.

Ethereum was an early player to the smart contract scene, but many other blockchain platforms are incorporating Solidity into their platforms for easy portability.

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Java

Backed by decades of use as a general-purpose programming language, Java was created in such a way that it has few implementation dependencies. Without a doubt, it holds the rank as one of the top 5 languages in the world, with nearly 10 million users world-wide.

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C++

Another general-purpose programming language, C++'s greatest quality is that it has high scalability (think hundreds of millions of users) with little problems. No wonder it has over 4 million people developers who swear by it. C++ is also used extensively in programming video games, VR apps, and enterprise solutions.

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JavaScript

No, JavaScript isn't anything like the earlier mentioned Java. The two might as well be the difference of night and day. JavaScript is a multi-paradigm language that powers most of modern day internet. You wouldn't be able to read this article if it weren't for JavaScript.

Though it has its quirks that have earned it the "black sheep" label amongst developers, JavaScript is still used by over 10 million developers around the globe, and for a very good reason!

By Learning JavaScript, you won't just be able to develop blockchain platforms, you'll also earn yourself the ability to be versatile enough to build web applications as well.

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Golang

Don't let the cute gopher image fool you. Although relatively new, Golang is an open source general programming language and has syntax similar to that of the ancient C language. Golang poses relative ease for developers to pick up and start implementing on the get-go.

It didn't take long for it to get over 800,000 developers around the world to adapt it, and it's going to be one of the most in demand, if not the most in demand, programming language for working in the blockchain industry.

HyperLedger Fabric is a platform that utilises Golang for building most of its chain-node.

Don't Wait. Start Learning.

Now, I could have mentioned a handful more of other languages and included useless technical jargon, but you're still a newbie! Don't go overwhelming yourself with that stuff just yet!

Though I kept this article brief, these are the main languages that I see making the biggest impact in the blockchain industry for years to come.

The industry is poised to become one of the biggest technological advancements of the next decade, so if you have even the tiniest bit of interest in becoming a programmer or a blockchain developer, I would beg you not to make the same mistake I made - overthinking and waiting for a sign.

Find a tutorial for the language you feel most comfortable in. Start learning even for just ten minutes everyday. Go make the future of blockchain technology happen!

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