Is It Worthwhile For Blockchain Projects To Write Their Codes From Scratch?

With a myriad of new blockchain platforms releasing every week, this article examines whether it’s a good idea for these projects to write brand new original codes for their development.

Sal Miah
Sal Miah
Oct 22, 2018 · 7 min read
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Codes are essential in this digital age. New websites, software, and applications are always in high demand as innovations and developments continue to enter the public consciousness. Technology is continually improving, requiring new codes that are expressive of the solutions these new ideas want to solve.

The world is now at a crucial point in history where every innovation is trying to maximize application use for current and future generations. Blockchain is among these technologies, and its impact is slowly but surely leading to increasing adoption and development for existing infrastructures.

Technologies such as blockchain, development in artificial intelligence, and the internet of things require complicated and intricate applications of coding, while the internet has also made it easier for anyone with interest in coding to develop their skills at their own pace.

Building applications, websites or software can quickly be done with codes that have already been written for similar applications or already exist. However, individual developers may require authentic code right from the origins of the project and would continue doing so up until the release of their platform.

Various reasons can lead developers to make such a decision. However, is it worth building platforms from scratch?

Differentiating From The Crowd

Almost every business has a website in this digital age. Numerous companies will offer the same products or services.

For consumers, the small differences in the services offered may be crucial in determining where they will choose to shop. These differences may include the layout of their websites; information presented or minor details on actual products and services.

There are existing templates for websites whose clients may want instant solutions. However, some clients may wish to have that unique factor so they may decide to build their websites or platforms from scratch.

This authenticity may be the distinguishing factor between similar businesses.

Building a platform from scratch, without any template, allows the developer to dictate every aspect of the platform, everything, therefore, becomes user-specific. This is where small differences may arise that influence clients into using such platforms to acquire their products or services.

Regarding standing out, some platforms would like to be recognized as the initiators of a particular trend. Trendsetters aim to leave a lasting impression on the minds of their target group. For example, the messaging platform, WhatsApp, has had a significant impact on the social media scene. Every messaging app released after WhatsApp has had elements of its features embedded on to their platform.

Purpose of The Platform

When platforms are built, they are made to serve a specific purpose. Depending on their use, one may opt to build this platform right from the ground or to start with a ready-made foundation. The expected results also play a significant role in the method of manufacturing selected.

A general code or structure can provide general solutions. For example, an online retailer that needs to display their products can easily find templates designed for online clothing stores websites. It becomes less tedious and relatively inexpensive, especially when factoring in the expense incurred on time lost, building from scratch instead of using templates.

Some purposes, however, require special attention and specific unique codes. Such platforms may need the special treatment of having their codes written uniquely.

Advancing Technology

In as much as tailor-made solutions may drive developers to work on products from the ground up, there has been enough technological advancement, even in recent technologies such as blockchain, to build some unique specialized platforms.

Some platforms have been designed to make it easier for developers to quickly and effectively create fully working specialized platforms- trying to develop new codes without any existing template is an enormous task and especially when designing complex platforms or new technologies.

For example, building blockchain applications requires great skill and expertise. The language widely used in building crucial blockchain elements is not widely known. Developers may have to learn using it before they even embark on making even a simple blockchain platform.

ælf is an example of how fast technology is moving. They are creating a Linux like platform but for blockchain technology with the aim of establishing a sort of operating system or foundation where developers find it easy to build even complex platforms.

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Platforms such as ælf could become the foundation for the future development of apps, websites, and software. They aim to improve efficiency even in the creation of applications.

There have been discussions over the internet about a future with ‘no coding.’ ælf will reduce the instances of new codes being written, by providing templates that are simple to understand and construct while still delivering complex solutions. These templates can be rearranged to suit the specific needs of the platform built.

ælf is using their own code for the two other specific reasons:

  1. By building the code from scratch their developers will now be able to know every single detail of the program and will know it inside out.
  2. In order to properly address the three issues plaguing current blockchains — governance, resource segregation, and proper performance efficiency, a whole new solution is needed. This solution cannot be a variant or a version of current ‘faulty’ systems but must be revolutionary. This is especially considered even more important when taking into account that many existing codes are simply unable to equally improve on the issues without compromisation of another. Ælf is aiming to unclog the blockchain through the creation of ‘parallel processes.’ Rather than transaction processing taking place individually in a rigid and inefficient system, ælf’s code allows for a much more complete system to process transactions in batches concurrently.

In centralized platforms, companies such as QuickBase and Mendix are working to transform codes into visual interfaces. This was fueled by the cloud disruption of various legacy systems which allowed anyone with an internet connection to develop platforms that could rival those built from scratch.

Such systems are disrupting traditional software coding systems. ‘No code’ software has its code in the background. The app developer only sees the visual representation of the code, and this is what they use to build their platforms. More on software build disruption can be read here.

The blockchain app space is one that is proliferating sharply. Various industries are contemplating using decentralized applications to solve some of the underlying issues centralized platforms have. With platforms such as ælf allowing for true scalability and proper project implementation, developers will find it easier creating decentralized applications.

ælf provides a skeleton over which developers can add flesh to their application. Such platforms will only increase in future as efficiency is prioritized.

With the ælf kernel one can build their own blockchain with very simple coding skills. Essentially they only need to develop the smart contract and the rest is built for them.

But ælf’s differentiation from being just another template builder which only lasts a few years is the ability to customize and adapt. So developers can choose minimal coding to complete coding and everything in between. They have the choice to choose any programing language and can choose any governance protocol. This also means as tech develops, ælf can be adapted for new protocols and use cases, further providing an increasingly convenient platform and ease of execution for coders.

To Conclude

So, is it necessary to write codes from scratch? Well, it all depends on the nature of the platform and the individual requirements of a developer.

However, more accessible, more cost-effective methods are in existence and provide ready structures for platform development. ælf’s existing architecture and scalability solutions mean that developers are substantially less required to write new code from scratch and can use the ælf platform for a truly scalable and efficient development.

Disclaimer: Please only take this information as my OWN opinion and should not be regarded as financial advice in any situation. Please remember to DYOR before making any decisions.

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