Getting started with blockchain | Counting 11 commonly used blockchain development tools, engineers with annual salary of one million are using

"Good soldiers with good swords" – With the further development of blockchain technology, various development tools emerge in an endless stream, greatly facilitating the work of developers. In the face of dazzling tools, what are the tools commonly used by blockchain bulls? Below we give you a summary of 11 commonly used blockchain development tools.

1, Solidity

Solidity is one of the most popular programming languages ​​among blockchain developers. It supports an object-oriented paradigm and can be used to write smart contracts . Ethereum DApp can also be coded with Solidity. Solidity is designed for the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM).

So what makes Solidity unique? First, it is applied to the most popular blockchain solution, Ethereum. Second, it can be used to develop smart contracts for various use cases, especially in crowdfunding, voting, and multi-signature wallets.

As a blockchain developer, you can start by reading the Solidity documentation.

(URL: https://solidity.readthedocs.io/en/v0.5.10/)

2, Cakeshop

Cakeshop helps you manage your blockchain nodes in the region, with a variety of APIs and tools that you can use to set up cluster nodes, process contracts, and explore blockchains.

3, Geth

Geth helps build the Ethereum node, which is written in Go and can perform various operations on the Ethereum blockchain, for example, it can be used to transfer Ethereum, mine Ether, and create smart contracts. In addition, it can be used to search for block history.

Geth has the following three ways of using:
  • JSON-RPC server.
  • Command-line.
  • Interactive console.

As a blockchain developer, you can use Geth on Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. After installing Geth, you first need to link to an existing blockchain network or create your own blockchain network. To simplify the process, Geth will automatically link to the Ethereum main network.

It's important to note that before you get started, Geth will download the entire Ethereum blockchain. The download time depends on your internet speed. At the same time, we recommend that you use an external hard drive to store the Ethereum blockchain.

4, Blockchain Testnet

The blockchain test network is essential for blockchain developers, and the test network allows you to test all DApps before they go live. Each blockchain solution has its own test network, and we also recommend that you test the application using the appropriate test network before the project goes live.

The test network is important because it allows you to test without the need for real resources. For example, Ethereum uses gas as a fuel to perform different actions. Developers testing the blockchain DApp on the main network consumes gas every time they test, which means it costs a thousand dollars to test, which is unrealistic.
With the test network, blockchain developers can solve bugs in the program without spending a lot of cash . The choice of test network depends on your DApp. You can use public testing, private testing, or GanachiCLI, a customizable blockchain simulator.

5, Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS)

For many businesses, it is unrealistic to implement a complete end-to-end blockchain solution. This creates a blockchain as a service (BaaS).

With BaaS, businesses can use the cloud infrastructure to create and host their DApp solutions. BaaS is available for a fee, and companies need to hire blockchain developers to handle all implementation processes.

Knowing how to use BaaS is essential for blockchain developers to help you gain more trust and reputation . It is very similar to the software as a service (SaaS) model. Azure, Microsoft and SAP are just a few of the BaaS solutions you need to know.

6, Truffle

Truffle is an Ethereum blockchain development framework. It provides an asset pipeline and development environment for the development of Ethereum. With Truffle, you can develop complex Ethereum DApps and smart contracts. It has a huge library to help you deal with challenging requirements.

Several key features offered by Truffle:
  • Automate contract testing with Chai and Mocha;
  • Conduct comprehensive smart contract development including linking, compiling, and deploying;
  • Perform a custom build process using a configurable build pipeline;

7, Ether.js

Ether.js is a handy tool for developing client wallets with JavaScript. It allows you to interact with the Ethereum blockchain. Initially, it had to be used with ethers.io, but now it has a very well-developed library.

The main features of Ether.js:
  • The private key is secure on the client side;
  • Easy connection to Ethereum nodes using MetaMask, Etherscan and other tools;
  • Small in size, only 88kb after compression;
  • Perfect record filing;
  • Open source (with MIT license);

8, Remix IDE

The Remix IDE is a popular browser-based IDE. Open the browser and you can use the Solidity language to develop the Ethereum smart contract.

It is developed using JavaScript, which also means you can use any modern browser or use it locally. It provides module support and brings more functionality to the IDE. (URL: https://remix-ide.readthedocs.io/en/latest/)

For example, you can use the File Explorer module to save or load files from your computer. There are other useful modules including plugin manager, stability editor, terminal, and settings.
 

9, Hyperledger Caliper

Hyperledger Caliper is a tool to help you detect blockchain performance. It can test the performance of the blockchain by setting different parameters including latency, success rate, resource loss and throughput.

10, Solc

If you've used Solidity, you must already know that its syntax is similar to ECMAScript, a loose language. However, the format used by the Ethereum virtual machine is slightly different. In this case, Solc becomes an indispensable tool for handling Ethereum related projects.

Solc is a Solidity compiler that converts solidity scripts into a more readable format. It was born with the features of most Ethereum nodes, so it is destined to be popular. Solc can also be used for offline compilation.

11, dAppBoard

dAppBoard is a platform for analyzing Ethereum smart contracts. In addition, it comes with the functionality of the Ethereum blockchain browser.

dAppBoard is web-based and can help you monitor smart contracts running on Ethereum . It can provide you with a lot of information (such as the total number of users of a particular DApp or an overview of the entire Ethereum network).

to sum up

As developers, we must always pay attention to new tools. The best way is to observe interesting things developed by other developers, so that we can also find the tools that are best for you. (URL: https://www.education-ecosystem.com/projects/cryptocurrency)

Are you ready to try these new tools? Feel free to share your opinion with us in the comments section below!

Source | DZone

Compilation | Fire Sauce

Editor | Carol

Produced | Blockchain Base Camp (blockchain_camp)