12 Skills to become a Blockchain Developer. An answer to this by some famous Professionals

By ridhigrg |Email | Aug 20, 2019 | 1563 Views

This article will be useful for experienced software developers who want to come into the blockchain industry and for those who are at the start of their own developer career.

Skills to become a blockchain developer:
1. Try to understand the principles of the blockchain
Brian Schuster, Blockchain Advisor, and Entrepreneur
Before entering into the career of blockchain development, it is important to understand the basics. Familiarize yourself with the foundations of the blockchain and learn how it works. A good book to start with would be Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies by Andreas Antonopoulos.

2. You should be familiar with yourself with the Ethereum platform
Bilal Jan, a writer at the Lord of Dev blog
Ethereum platform is the most common one for ICOs. To become a successful developer, you need to be experienced with it. The first thing you will need as a programmer to start working with Ethereum is the Ethereum client itself. The most popular ones are Geth and Parity.

3. Spend some time learning Solidity and Truffle
Samrat Roy Chowdhuri, Chief Editor at Indian Technology Blog
Solidity is Ethereum's special language for smart contracts, and Truffle is a popular Ethereum framework. You should be familiar with both to be successful in blockchain development. Solidity is pretty easy to understand, as it is relatively similar to JavaScript. To get more comfortable with Truffle, you can try this step-by-step guide to learn how to build your first blockchain app with Truffle.

4. Get hands-on experience with Solidity by building a game
Samrat Roy Chowdhuri, Chief Editor at Indian Technology Blog
Follow this nice tutorial from Loom to build a game using Solidity. You will make an army of zombies and then fight a war on the blockchain. All of this will be done with Solidity, so by the end of the tutorial, you will become pretty experienced with this language. Isn't that cool? Also, this tutorial will allow you to see that blockchain and smart contracts are useful not only for payments but for game development as well. Maybe that will help you think outside the box and come up with your own ideas about blockchain game development.

5. Don't put too much time and efforts into learning Solidity if you want to develop decentralized apps (DApps), focus on improving your skills in other languages instead
Ray Dollete, Senior Design Technologist at Amazon
The code for smart contracts written in Solidity is only a tiny part of the overall codebase for a DApp. The codebase can be written in any other language like Python, Java, or C++. Solidity can be intuitively understood by any developer from first glance as it's pretty straightforward. So you don't need to spend too much time learning it to become a successful DApp developer. Your coding skills in other languages are far more important for that job.

6. Get familiar with platforms other than Ethereum
Kamlesh Kawadkar, Senior Systems Engineer at Infosys
Though Ethereum is probably the most popular platform so far, it would be beneficial to get some experience with other platforms as well. Your best bet would be Hyperledger or Multichain.

7. To build DApps, make yourself comfortable with front-end development and cryptography
Bilal Jan, a writer at the Lord of Dev blog
DApps consists of two parts - a front-end part and a back-end part. Front end development is similar to the development of a website or a mobile app. It can be done in any programming language, including Java and HTML. Back end development is a bit more tricky. It requires a good knowledge of cryptography as the blockchain platform relies on cryptographic functions to identify users. In principle, the back-end part can be also developed in any language, though the most common languages for that would probably be C# and C++.

8. Get a good understanding of data structures
Akash Takyar, CEO at LeewayHertz.com
As a blockchain developer, you will need to be comfortable with different data structures like Stack, Queue, Linked List, Tree, and HashMaps.

9. Play around with Bitcoin's source code
Chris Stewart, CEO at SuredBits
Bitcoin is open-source, so you can contribute to the project at any stage. Familiarize yourself with the code (note: it's written in C++) and contribute to it or just play around with it on your own. If you actually end up contributing to Bitcoin, it will give you credentials to work on almost any other project in the blockchain industry.

10. Learn about distributed ledger protocols
Giovanni Casinelli, the founder and owner of a blockchain jobs site CryptoJobs
A deep understanding of distributed ledger protocols is among the most desired skills for blockchain developers. To learn about it if you want to get a job in the industry. If you are not sure where to start, you can consult the learning resources list curated by CryptoJobs.

11. Build your own blockchain application
Andrew Cordivari, Full Stack Developer
After acquiring the relevant skills, try to build your own application to get hands-on experience with blockchain development. The application should showcase your understanding of the blockchain. It can be something like a decentralized voting system, and Ethereum has a pretty useful guide on building such an app.

12. Get some experience and relevant certificates
Satheesh Kumar, Founder at Kratos Innovation Labs
It will certainly be easier for you to land a job in the blockchain if you have relevant experience. Try contributing to open-source projects for starters. If you have 3-5 years of experience in web development, it would be worthwhile to get some blockchain-related certifications to increase your chances of finding a job in the industry. You can get certified in Hyperledger Platform, for instance. The main prerequisite for that would be having a solid knowledge of Java or C++.

Source: HOB