Top 5 Programming Languages For Blockchain Development

By Rushali Shome

If you want to be a blockchain developer, there are certain skills you must have up your sleeve to make the most of the technology’s prospect and potential. What are the programming languages you need to be well-versed in to programme blockchain networks for Bitcoin or Ethereum? What languages will help you the most in achieving versatility across use cases? Here’s a list of the 5 top programming languages you can count on:

1. Solidity

One of the key programming languages to learn if you want to be a blockchain developer is Solidity. It goes without saying that the Ethereum blockchain is one of the most popular blockchain platform for developing blockchain programmes for a versatile range of use cases. Now, smart contracts in blockchain can usually be executed primarily on the Ethereum platform and these are written using the Solidity programming language. Smart contracts help automate disbursement of funds or payments upon the fulfilment of a previously stipulated deal agreement. Solidity was developed by Ethereum blockchain’s core contributors such as Gavin Wood, Liana Husikyan, Alex Beregzaszi etc. It is simple enough to learn for people with basic knowledge of coding. It is a statically-typed programming language built around the ECMAScript Syntax, which is rather convenient for existing coders.

2. C++

This language was developed primary as an improvement on the basic C programming language. C++, however is not as process-oriented as C was. Instead it is object-oriented in nature. This programming language places data or information along with its functions into elements known as “objects” so that they can later disassembled to be used for programming work. This language is particularly effective in rationing the use of resources and for a more efficient memory management. Since blockchain networks have multiple nodes, this effective management of resources or memory can be extremely useful. Major blockchain networks like Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum etc. were all written using this programming language.

3. Python

When Guido Van Rossum developed Python in 1991, he wanted to create a programming language that would be minimalistic and easy to use. The way he has designed the syntax and logic of Python represents this very vision. It has been quite popular with a wide range of developers and professionals working with data science and now it is increasingly being used in blockchain programming as well.

4. Java

Java is a rather well-known programming language that played a very important role in developing the world wide wide. Being a traditional language, it can be used to design webpages that are interactive. In addition, the immutable quality of the blockchain technology can be enhanced using the Java programming language. This makes sure that once a block has been generated, unauthorized or easily executable changes cannot be incorporated on the platform.

5. Simplicity

This is another programming language that may be used to develop smart contracts, just like Solidity. It is known for being particularly easy and simple to use. It is a typed language based on combinator, that works with loops or recursions. As its name suggests, the simplicity of this programming is its USP and therefore anyone who aspires to become a blockchain developer, should apart from knowing some of the mostly widely used cryptographic algorithms, have an understanding of this language.

Rushali Shome

Rushali Shome is a history undergraduate with a keen interest in puns, politics and beyond. When not typing away furiously in the “Notes” section of her phone, she can be found trying to catch the eye of servers at restaurants or weddings for a second helping.

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