Programming Languages for Blockchain Solutions Developing

Programming Languages for Blockchain Solutions Developing hackernoon.com3 years ago in #Dev Love40

Originally published by Alexander Ivanov on February 25th 2019 Blockchain is becoming so popular that finally, we can safely say: technology has emerged from the “cryptocurrency boom” shadow. Today, news headlines are increasingly filled with messages about the technology distributed registry implementation in one or another area. Such success attracts the developers` attention of course. At the same time, the demand for professionals continues to grow. For example, according to the LinkedIn investigation, over the past year in the US need to blockchain developers has increased in 33 (!) Times. If you are ambitious to break into the rating of top blockchain gurus, but still only at the beginning of your career, it is worth understanding the most popular programming languages, their advantages, and disadvantages, as well as to learn about their capabilities in the blockchain solutions development. Perhaps we should start with C : this programming language is widespread among developers and has already managed to show its strengths. Every novice programmer used it at least once, it is studied both at student desks and at home. C was introduced in 1979 by programmer Bjarne Stroustrup. And nowadays it is actively used by a huge number of browsers, OS and even games developers. Thus, C is one of the most popular programming languages, which is referred to as an average level of complexity languages, it is statically typed and in most cases compiled and multi-paradigm. C advantages: compiled language with static typing; low-level and high-level tools combination; object-oriented programming implementation; STL presence. Many programmers turn to C because of its performance and cross-platform. It is worth noting that C has full access to memory, and the above-mentioned STL, in turn, opens up numerous possibilities when searching for additional functions, algorithms, and containers. The C library is considered one of the best among those represented in other programming languages since each container has its own iteration group (there are 4 of them). Thus, C can be used to create both private and public blockchains. It should also be noted that C will perfectly cope with a large number of transactions optimization. It can be concluded that in general C is a fairly common and low-level language, which allows writing high-performance programs. It can be used to write almost any application, including the various blockchain solutions creation. The next PL, which we will consider, is Rust. It is gaining momentum in popularity, not only in traditional developments but also in blockchain systems. Its advantages have already been appreciated by such blockchain companies as Exonum, Sawtooth, and now we’ll see why. Rust is a system language created by Mozilla. Its main advantages are high security and fast computer processing. The Rust compiler ensures risk reduction when executing code, as it helps to eliminate potential and most frequent problems. It is also worth noting that the Rust language has an active and friendly community, a well-developed communication and learning system. The system programming language with increased security requirements is attracting more and more blockchain developers. It is worth considering its application on the example of the aforementioned Exonum project developed by Bitfury Group. Exonum is an open framework for blockchains development, which provides an opportunity for both companies and government organizations to implement secure blockchain solutions. Exonum chose Rust, as the company considers it one of the safest PL,  » Read More

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