20 million JavaScript devs can now build applications on NEAR: KBW 2022

20 million JavaScript devs can now build applications on NEAR: KBW 2022

“A student can build an app without needing to learn new languages without new skills,” said NEAR founder Illia Polosukhin.


Twenty million JavaScript developers will now be able to write blockchain intelligent contracts and build applications on the NEAR Protocol after rolling out JavaScript Software Development Kits (JS SDKs) on Monday.

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Speaking with Cointelegraph at the Korea Blockchain Week (KBW) on Aug. 9 (local time), NEAR founder Illia Polosukhin emphasized that the move will open up the niche field of blockchain development to a substantially broader audience:

“There are about 20 million JavaScript developers in the world. Probably like every developer, one way or another, wrote JavaScript in their life. And what we allow you to do is to write smart contracts in JavaScript.”

“Before we had Solidity, so for Ethereum and other Layer 2s, we had Rust, which is what Solana and Near are mainly. And so, Solidity has probably 100,000 developers who are familiar with it, and those who are active are even fewer. There is even less probably in Rust,” he added.

In an Aug. 8 announcement shared with Cointelegraph, NEAR outlined that the JS SDK includes the “contract framework itself, JavaScript and TypeScript contract examples and tests.”

Polosukhin noted that the JS SDKs could be utilized by anyone from students looking to dip their toes into the blockchain to people in the commercial sector looking to accelerate their projects.

“A student can build an app without learning new languages and skills. It will also be easier for entrepreneurs to hire [devs], so they can build teams stronger, faster, and deliver products faster,” he said, adding that:

“So kind of the idea from Near is to build a very extensible and powerful system that allows developers to build anything from simple to very complex apps.”

If the JS SDKs will be Ethereum Virtual Machine Compatible, given that NEAR is an Ethereum competitor, Polosukhin stated that the offering would run specifically on Near.

But it is possible to create EVM-compatible intelligent contracts from the SDK, much like how EVM consistent scaling Aurora was made on NEAR.

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NEAR is a decentralized application (dApp) platform launched in April 2020 that is designed to be developer and user-friendly. Its native token NEAR is currently the twenty-fourth largest crypto asset in the market cap at $4.1 billion.

The asset is priced at $5.44 at the time of writing and is up a notably 42.8% over the past 30 days, according to CoinGecko. - cointelegraph

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