Almost all data scientists or software programmers today, have heard about bitcoin or any other type of cryptocurrency. So starting with it we all know that they work on the same concept of Blockchain. Blockchain can be defined as a system which keeps records of all the transactions made with cryptocurrency on a peer to peer network systems. It also protects the information stored in it and does not allow hackers to withdraw any kind of information from the Ledger.
Blockchain development is a new stream in the development industry which has taken the world by storm in a very short time since its inception. It is still in its beginning stage. The technology is creating plenty of new opportunities for programmers to grab and succeed. There are a few languages which are popular from the beginning of the time and now they are being used for development of blockchain-based applications. If you are master in some of the previously famous programming language you can definitely make it big in the new world of blockchain development.
Some of the most popular languages used in blockchain development are C++, Python, Java, Ruby, Solidity, Go and many more. Let’s get started and have a look at the most popular programming languages in today’s world:
1. C++ :
○ C++ was developed as a general purpose Object-Oriented programming language by Bjarne Stroustrup as an extension to the earlier C language. It was developed as a language to have flexibility, efficiency and as a language to stand out from the previous versions of C language with many powerful features. It is considered as the grandfather of all the blockchain programming languages. Its strength lies in its ability to scale resource-intensive applications and allow them to run fluently in most PCs.
2. Python :
○ Developed by Guido Van Rossum, Python is a high-level programming language which is based on a simple philosophy of simplicity and minimalism. Python is mainly used to handle big data and complex mathematics which are a prerequisite in the working of a blockchain application. It has automatic memory management function to allocate and deallocate memory at runtime which is quite good for working of a blockchain application.
3. Java :
○ Java is somewhat like C++ but it also has many other features which are not seen in C++ or any other high-level programming language. It is a highly portable language and is dependent on the JVM(Java Virtual Machine) to run and not on the System Architecture. Thus making it a highly suitable language for Blockchain.
4. Ruby :
○ Ruby is an object-oriented dynamic programming language developed by Yukihiro Matsumoto. Ruby is said to be a flexible language as it allows users to redefine or remove essential parts of the Language in order to alter the language as per their use. This feature of Ruby has made it very popular for blockchain programming in a very short time.
5. Solidity :
○ Solidity is an object-oriented programming language developed by Ethereum. It was mainly developed by keeping smart contracts in mind. Solidity is a contract-based language that is primarily used to enhance the use of EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machines). The main feature by which programmers in blockchain building are drawn towards this language is its ability to catch hold of any iteration at the time of coding.
6. Go :
○ Go is a procedural programming language developed by Ken Thompson, Rob Pike, and Robert Griesemer at Google Inc. Go is similar to C but comes with every advanced feature a blockchain programmer would need while working on blockchains. Some of the popular blockchain systems developed using Go are Ethereum, Dero, HyperLedger Fabric and many more. Some of the applicable features of Go are Classes and Inheritance, Constructors, Annotations, Exceptions and etc.
After reading about the six most popular languages in blockchain development, you must be wondering which one of them is to be used in your project. If you want greater control while creating your blockchain, you can always use languages like C++, Java, and Python. To work with these modern technologies a blockchain programmer should know how to use the above-listed languages. A programmer should know his needs first and then choose a language wisely after evaluating all the fallbacks and plus points of the above-mentioned languages.
It is easy to predict that the blockchain technology will revolutionize data and asset management and will also improve security for the users due to its untraceability feature. The technology has many features worth using and when implemented in real-life situations it will make a huge impact on how things work in banking and asset management sectors.
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