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Key point: The fast-rising blockchain, NEAR, can now have 20 million Javascript devs building on it.

After the rolling out of JavaScript software development kits (JS SDKs) on Monday, 20 million JavaScript developers can now write blockchain smart contracts and build applications on the Near Protocol.

This was revealed by the founder of NEAR protocol, Illia Polosukhin, as he emphasized that the new development will refine blockchain development to a massive audience.

According to him;

“There’s 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.”

Talking about previous coding languages, he said;

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 is even less. There is even less probably in Rust,” he added.

According to Cointelegraph, the new JS SDK encompasses “contract framework itself, JavaScript and TypeScript contract examples and tests.”

Also read: Programming languages for metaverse.

Polosukhin also went further to reveal that the JS SDK is for everyone who which to broaden their blockchain skills and not for a certain group of people.

According to him;

A student can build an app without needing to learn new languages without needing to learn new skills. It will also be easier for entrepreneurs to hire [devs], so they can actually build teams stronger, faster, and deliver products faster,”

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

Meanwhile, Polosukhin was questioned if the JS SDK will be Ethereum Virtual Machine friendly since NEAR is a competitor with the Ethereum blockchain.

In his answers he said, the JS SDK will run specifically on Near but that it is also possible to create EVM-compatible smart contracts from the SDK, much like how EVM-compatible scaling Aurora was created on Near, Cointelegraph revealed.

NEAR Protocol is a layer-one blockchain designed to eliminate some prevalent blockchain limitations like low transaction speeds, low throughput, and low interoperability.

NEAR is currently trading at $5.38 at the time of this article.



By Meekness Nnoka

Blockchain Analyst & Writer with top-notch Technological background. Enjoys reading and writing fascinating crypto contents. 4 years content creating experience.

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