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How to Become a Blockchain Developer

This article is for professional software developers interested in steering their careers towards blockchain.

Are you interested in blockchain development but don’t know where to start? Here are my steps to becoming a blockchain developer in 2022 and beyond.

Step 1. Assess Your Skill Set

As a software developer, you’ll likely have your preferred stack. You might have worked with a few different technologies, but you’re currently working on a small range of tech. If this is the case, you’re already in good stead.

Full-stack development experience is a huge advantage but not critical at this point. It could be that you’ve focussed solely on the back end but haven’t touched web design. Your main job could be creating React components, but you get skittish when someone mentions microservices.

The most important thing is that you know where your strengths and weaknesses lie in a full-stack. For me, my back-end skills (and interests) outweighed my propensity for using front-end frameworks.

Step 2. Target the Required Skill Set

Now that you know where your strengths and weaknesses lie, it’s time to target what you need to learn next.

Ethereum is the best entry point into blockchain development. It has the second-highest market cap of any cryptocurrency. It has held that position for the majority of its lifetime, (XRP overtook for a short time during the 2017 boom), meaning it’s a very popular project. Ethereum has a large developer community so that most issues can be solved with a quick Google search, and the Ethereum Foundation provides great documentation.

First on your list of things to learn is the Ethereum smart contract language: Solidity. This is the backbone of any decentralised application on the Ethereum network.

Next up is Node and React, very popular for front-end development and the tools of choice for most DApp creators. (Bonus points for Redux, too).

The Truffle Suite is an essential tool that helps combine your Solidity code with your front end. Using Solidity, Node, web3js, and React, you can create, test, and deploy DApps from the Truffle suite.

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