Want to Become a Blockchain Developer? Start at Academy.

Back in December, after being exposed to several blockchain projects by friends of mine, I realized that blockchain programming is the direction that I’d like to develop myself in. Having written my first software program when I was 12 years old and having been professionally involved with numerous programming languages for the past 18 years, my first approach was searching for materials on Google. I expected to find something like a “Hello World” blockchain project that I could get started in.

And then it hit me — there are almost no materials online that could help you to get started on blockchain development. Yes, there are scattered Q&As on Stack Overflow, there are topics on Reddit where people discuss problems and their solutions, but there is no centralized place that could get you from A-to-Z on blockchain development.

And then I started thinking why? Blockchain is the hottest trend in software development at the moment and is not a programming language by itself; it is mostly an architecture and approach on how things are built. Which means you can write your blockchain in Java, .NET, Python, node.js or whatever extravagant language you might think of. Virtually every single blockchain developer is self-taught and programs on a different language, hence the scattered Q&As on Stack Overflow or Reddit, where one person asks a question about Java and gets a response about something else, although related, in Python.

So I had two options — continue spending countless hours searching and structuring information or finding a blockchain class and enrolling in it, something I had never done for software development throughout my entire 31-year life.

That’s how I stumbled upon Academy School of Blockchain. What impressed me was that the team and advisors behind the project are some of the world’s most experienced blockchain developers, hence some of the most famous names in the industry. I was invited to take the entrance exam (which was to prove that I had enough fundamental programming skills to successfully undertake the course); I passed!

Now, I’m an experienced software developer, but I’ll admit — after my first day, I was shocked by the intensity of the course and the pace at which it took place.

Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 18:00, immersive lectures with integrated assignments every day, two major projects with oral defense, regular quizzes, Hackathons…

I had always been skeptical about learning software development in a formal education setting, but the curriculum of the course surpassed even my wildest expectations.

The course follows a hands-on approach with constant collaboration and interaction between students.

I am halfway through the course now and I can only say that the past several weeks have been some of the most interesting and valuable ones since I first started working. Here are a few of the most important I’d like to share:

  • Engaging, knowledgeable lecturers who can answer absolutely every question that you might think of
  • An approach that starts with the general picture and gradually delves into more detail
  • Classes that focus on building practical skills rather than dull monologues nobody listens to
  • Constant evaluation and feedback that makes you work harder, and
  • Friendly atmosphere and motivated students that you collaborate with but also compete with on a daily basis.

To begin with, our first assignment was to build our own blockchain from the scratch. Two weeks later, we had already covered all the essentials of blockchain development, namely:

  • Cryptography, decentralization and consensus protocols
  • Wallets, transactions and exchanges
  • Cryptocurrency mining
  • Ethereum and crypto-tokens
  • Optimizing a blockchain network
  • Security and anonymity

The second part of the course focuses mostly on Ethereum, with the following topics being covered:

  • Smart contracts, Ethereum VM and distributed applications
  • Solidity and writing contracts with it, and
  • Building distributed applications with Ethereum

And the third part prepares you for the real world:

  • Much more complicated smart contracts
  • Smart contracts for Bitcoin with RSK, and
  • Corporate blockchain platforms

The course is an all-in-one blockchain development training program that gives you absolutely everything so you can immediately start working in the field of blockchain development. I’ve found it invaluable and encourage any existing software developers with an interest in training in blockchain to check out Academy’s courses at http://www.academytoken.com.