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9 Programming Languages You Should Know To Succeed In Blockchain

Blockchain has a wide range of use cases has is gaining a tremendous demand worldwide. Talking about the growing importance of blockchain, Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM said, “Anything that can conceive of as a supply chain, blockchain can vastly improve its efficiency- it doesn’t matter if its people, numbers, data, money.”  

These are the most prominent programming language in the field of Blockchain:

1. C++:

The blockchain technology requires a great amount of interaction to operate simultaneously. C++ provides effective management of resources. It also has great control of memory. It is a strongly static typed language and gives an advantage of an object-oriented language by processing interactions between applications quickly. It provides a primitive control over memory, has advanced multithreading capabilities and helps the developers to put together the data. Popular blockchain cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin were written in C++.

2. Java:

Java is another one of the top popular languages in Blockchain. They have huge support to third-party platforms and applications. It is highly portable; programs written in the language can be portable across any computational device, and that makes it have an advantage over other languages. Its high portability is regarded as the universal JVM(Java Virtual Machine) that it uses for the execution of its programs. It is highly recommended for creating highly interactive web pages. It is also useful in making simple and immutable blockchains.

3. Python:

Another one of popular Blockchain languages, Python provides huge open source support and therefore has a number of libraries for a variety of problems encountered in a blockchain project.  In the blockchain industry, the dynamically typed language has its own implementation of Ethereum called the Pyethereum. It can be used to create contracts for NEO and smart contracts for Hyperledger.

4. Solidity:

Ether, similar to Bitcoin, but Ethereum has the added feature of a (nearly) Turing- complete virtual machine language and processing capability embedded into the node implementation. Solidity language itself is a tool that is used to generate machine-level code that can execute on the EVM. The Bitcoin cryptocurrency already has a smart contract language called Bitcoin Script, but it’s fairly low-level and requires an advanced understanding of Bitcoin. Solidity is a language with a compiler which takes the high-level human-readable code and breaks it down into simple, easy to understand instructions, which form the basis of any microprocessor executable program.

5. JavaScript:

JavaScript is very good at handling asynchronous actions and hence makes it well-suited for blockchain. JavaScript has Node.js which can build highly-capable and creative blockchain applications. Apart from Node.js, it has other libraries and frameworks like jQuery, React, Angular.js, which drive the modern web development. It can easily handle the communications between different blockchain nodes who are being used at the same time.

6. C#:

C# has today become one of the popular languages for blockchain. It gives open source devs the quick ability to create highly portable code that will run across all devices. The object-oriented feature of this blockchain coding language ensures developers don’t miss out on a single bit of performance when developing their next blockchain. This blockchain programming language is also syntactically identical to C++ and Java. So, a big community of veteran blockchain programmers can easily interpret C# systems and modify them.

7. Ruby:

A high-level programming language Ruby is dynamically typed and garbage-collected. It provides the ability to prototype their vision rapidly using open source third-party APIs and plugins. It compiles into bytecodes before execution. With the aid of its well-constructed semantic components, it can change the program’s natural flow.

8. Simplicity:

The main objective of Simplicity is to reduce complex low-level understanding of the Bitcoin Script. It was basically designed for smart contracts. Simplicity increases productivity and increases the speed of development by hiding low-level logical components from developers. It tries to improve basic cryptocurrency languages like Bitcoin Script and Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) and uses static analysis to prevent programs from “running out of gas” during analysis.

9. GoLang:

GoLang, developed by Google, is a statically-typed language and is good for building a hyper ledger fabric. It comes with the features of classes and inheritance, generics, annotations, constructors, and exceptions, needed to build the first blockchain, namely classes and inheritance, generics, annotations, constructors, and exceptions. It also offers top-notch concurrency support in blockchain applications, thanks to its smart implementation of channels and interfaces.

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