Ancient India was a land of sages and seers as well as a land of scholars and scientists. Research has shown that from making the best steel in the world to teaching the world to count, India was actively contributing to the field of science and technology centuries long before modern laboratories were set up. In the current world where Information Technology is being used in every field of life. India has become the digital capabilities hub of the world with around 75 percent of global digital talent present in the country. As per the recent survey by Github , India is ranked 3rd for open source use. But looking at the road ahead where emerging technologies such as Robotics , Artificial intelligence and Blockchain will become dominant, developers in India will need to adapt and upskill.
Being an emerging technology that has just started gaining traction in the past few years, Blockchain talent is challenging to find. Today, jobs in Blockchain is growing at a mindblowing rate of 2,000–6,000% and the salaries of Blockchain Developers being 50–100% higher than conventional developer jobs. While the employment opportunities in the Blockchain industry are many, there’s a limited talent pool in this domain, especially in India.
Enter NEAR Protocol- NEAR is working on making it easier for developers to enter the world of blockchain development.
NEAR is a decentralized platform where developers can host serverless applications and smart contracts which have easy access to “open finance”networks and benefit from an ecosystem of “open web”components.
Unlike other blockchain-based platforms, NEAR has been built from the ground up to provide the simplest experience for both developers and their end users while still providing the scalability and security necessary to serve those users.
Specifically, NEAR is designed to make it easier to:
1. Build decentralized applications, especially as a developer familiar only with “traditional” web or app concepts.
2. Onboard users with a smooth experience, even if they aren’t familiar with crypto, tokens, keys, wallets or other artifacts of this ecosystem.
3. Scale your application since the underlying platform automatically expands capacity via sharding without additional costs or effort on your part.
So what is NEAR or The NEAR Platform? NEAR is a decentralized development platform built on top of the NEAR Protocol, which is a public, sharded, developer-friendly, proof-of-stake blockchain. Put another way, NEAR is like a public community-run cloud platform. That means it is a highly scalable, low cost platform for developers to create decentralized apps on top of. While it’s built on top of the NEAR Protocol blockchain, the NEAR Platform also contains a wide range of tooling from explorers to CLI tools to wallet apps to interoperability components which help developers build much more easily and the ecosystem to scale more widely.
NEAR is being built by the NEAR Collective, a global collection of people and organizations who are collaboratively building this massive open source project. Everyone in this Collective is fanatically focused on enabling usability improvements for both developers and their end-users so the next wave of apps can cross the chasm to a more general audience that has thus far been unable to consistently work with blockchain-based apps built on today’s platforms.
It’s a general-purpose platform that allows developers to create and deploy decentralized applications on top of it. A decent analogy is that it’s sort of like Amazon’s AWS platform, which is where most of the applications you know and love host their servers, except the NEAR platform isn’t actually run and controlled by one company, it’s run and controlled by thousands or even millions of people. You can call it a “community-operated cloud” but they usually prefer to simply call it a “decentralized application platform.”
For developers, NEAR’s contract-based account model allows them to build advanced permissions into their apps and sign transactions on behalf of users. They also have access to a set of tools that make app composition straightforward and the opportunity for a protocol-level fee rebate which compensates them for creating well-used apps and critical system infrastructure.
NEAR Protocol provides a number of benefits for Developers and Designers as simplified below:
Blockchain UX, Simplified
Let your users forget they’re using a blockchain.
Let your users try your app the same way they try all other apps — for free. Prepay transactions for them so they don’t need to buy tokens or use a credit card just to get started.
Allow users to sign up with just an email address and password or NEAR’s SSO… no keys and no browser extensions required until the user is ready to take secure possession of their account.
Reduce the annoyance of many transaction requests by allowing users to give (or revoke) granular permissions to apps.
Better Blockchain Dev Tools
Develop with the tools and speed you’re used to from the Web 2 world.
Well-Supported OSS Stack
Write blockchain smart contracts using any language that compiles to WebAssembly (WASM), starting with AssemblyScript and Rust. According to a survey by stackoverflow, For five years running, Rust has taken the top spot as the most loved programming language.
Use a suite of example apps as starters for your first application.
Earn a percentage of the transaction fees generated by your smart contract, which opens up a whole range of automated royalty and licensing-based business models.
If you are a developer or designer, You can join the NEAR community and start building today. Follow the links below :
Resources to get started:
* The NEAR beginner guide: https://near.ai/beginner
* The blockchain starter series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9tzQn_TEuFWwEF3DQSbMsk01nv_KIAPv
* Check out our recorded NEAR 101 sessions on Crowdcast. Those happen every Thursday, so you can also sign-up for the next one: https://www.crowdcast.io/near
* Our documentation: https://docs.near.org/