Crypto Programming

An Introduction of Solidity, Ethereum’s Programming Language

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Solidity is an object-oriented programming language that is used for writing smart contracts on various blockchain platforms. It is mostly associated with Ethereum as it was helped developed by some core authors of the coin in word. It was first proposed in August 2014 by computer scientist Gavin Wood and later developed by the Ethereum project’s Solidity team.

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Why Solidity?

Solidity is a statically-typed programming language designed for developing smart contracts that run on the EVM. Solidity is compiled to bytecode that is executable on the EVM. With Solidity, developers are able to write applications that implement self-enforcing business logic embodied in smart contracts, leaving a non-repudiable and authoritative record of transactions. Writing smart contracts in smart contract-specific languages such as Solidity is claimed to be easy if you have prior programming experience.

Its syntax is very similar to that of scripting languages like JavaScript and it was influenced by existing languages such as C++, Python, and JavaScript.Solidity uses a vast number of programming concepts from other languages. For example, it has variables, string manipulation, classes, functions, arithmetic operations, and so on. While in a language like C, a programmer would be likely to create some form of a function, like ‘int main’ and ‘main’, Solidity works with a ‘contract’ that is created in an analogous manner.

Is it worth learning it?

While jobs for blockchain are on the rise learning a programing language for said blockchains it’s a huge bonus. You won’t be without a job but if you haven’t mastered another language before you’ll find challenges in the learning process. If you are committed to spending a few years learning it then go ahead and do it since it’s not a bad opportunity to start now.

You can use Solidity for a number of things like creating your own decentralized app or smart contracts. dApps are on the rise now and it’s a good skill to know how to write them since the job market is gonna need a lot more coders in the future specialized in this specific thing. 

Here’s my article about creating your own cryptocurrency token using Solidity.

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