3 Essential Strategies on How to Become a Successful Blockchain Developer

The article originally published on coinspeaker.com

BY ALEXANDER BORODICH ON THURSDAY, MAY 2ND, 2019 10:36AM UTC LEAVE A COMMENT

How can you be successful in a blockchain-based startup? How can you keep up with the pace? Here, Alexander Borodich, CEO of Universablockchain.com, will discuss the Top 3 key tips you should incorporate for success.

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Along with artificial intelligence, blockchain technologies are developing at a high rate today. This pace only increases every year; hundreds of new startups emerge, and the largest banks are introducing these technologies into their processes.

For example, the banking giant JPMorgan Chase decided to launch its own cryptocurrency, focusing on the international settlements of large corporations and secure transactions.

Choosing a Programming Language

If you are looking for a job involving blockchain development, you should choose the right language for programming. There are many languages and sub-languages — however, the main requirements for a candidate include flawless knowledge of JavaScript, C, C++, and others. You should be able to write simple and comprehensible code, review the code of colleagues and optimize it, and perform other tasks.

To summarize all the projects, we’ve built a conditional graph for the demand of languages in blockchain-based development.

Pic 1. Most Popular Programming, Scripting, and Markup Languages (%)

With strong JavaScript skills, a developer is more likely to learn a new programming language or other necessary talents easily. However, solving specific problems, in most cases, requires unique specialists who’ve mastered rarer languages, such as SWIFT.

Readiness to Solve Complex and Non-Standard Tasks

If “classical development” runs in a straight line, then the blockchain-based development will resemble steeplechase. And there is a pool of water after each barrier. In other words, your existing set of experience and knowledge will not suffice in the majority of your tasks, since many of these tasks are brand new — no one contended with them before you.

In such a situation, it is important to be ready to quickly comprehend the new technology. It does not matter whether we’re talking about Scala coding or learning high-concurrency multi-threaded apps and their synchronization.

It is fundamentally important to objectively assess the actual scope of work and your capabilities.

A blockchain developer rarely works alone today, even if they’re the only profiled specialist in their company. It is extremely important to find a common language with other developers, as well as with sales and marketing department staff.

This communication skill will speed up the execution of tasks and provide an excellent opportunity to avoid misunderstandings, which often lead to the need to introduce changes to an already-made code. Furthermore, lacking this skill would delay deadlines, halting delivery of your part of the work to a technical director.

Understanding Business Processes, and Having Curiosity

A developer should understand that business decisions affect the development process’ prioritization. By concentrating solely on writing software code, one can easily miss the overall picture and the purpose of the software being developed. For a successful developer, it is fundamentally important to go beyond just coding.

The desire to learn something new, go beyond the existing framework, and a willingness to experiment and find new ways to solve old problems, is the fuel feeding the successes and achievements of any blockchain developer.

As you can see, it turns out to be quite an impressive list — one that, meanwhile, can hardly be called exhaustive. You can safely supplement it with:

  • Independence.
  • Initiative.
  • Honesty.
  • Diligence.
  • Readiness for criticism and admission of your own mistakes.
  • A lack of fear of working with colleagues who have stronger professional skills.

It is safe to say that, by having even a small number of these skills, you’ll have excellent chances at success in the field of blockchain-based development. It is only an emerging field of activity that is full of professional challenges and interesting tasks.