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Top 10 Blockchain Development Tools – Part 1

Over the past few years, the development of blockchain has evolved quite drastically. What began as a means of transforming a decentralized payment network into a decentralized supercomputer where developers from all over the world can come and create their own software applications. This is a really exciting space with plenty of developmental scope. However, you may feel a little lost as a developer who is a new entrant in this space. So we specifically created this guide for you. download

Geth

Geth is an Ethereum node implementation in the programming language of Go. Simply put, Geth is a program that acts as a blockchain Ethereum node. By making use of Geth. The following can be done by the user:

  • Mine ether tokens
  • Transfer tokens between addresses
  • Create smart contracts and execute it on the Ethereum Virtual Machine
  • Explore the block history

Linux, Mac, and Windows support Geth. Binary and Scripted, two types of installations are supported. Once you start the application, you will have the option to connect to the existing live blockchain as well as create your own blockchain depending on the settings. However, if no default values are set, Geth will automatically connect to the mainnet of Ethereum. Geth also serves as a console to execute specific functions and input certain commands. Keep one thing in mind though, it will download the entire Ethereum blockchain automatically when running Geth, which may take a long time (even days). Using an external hard drive to store the data can make sense.

Mist

You must now have a place to store your Ether tokens and execute your smart contracts before you start using Ethereum. Mist, is the official Ethereum wallet developed by the Ethereum people themselves. While using Mist, especially for smart contract deployment, makes a lot of sense, you must bear in mind one thing. It’s a full node wallet, meaning you’ll need to download the entire blockchain of Ethereum, which is > 1 TB.

For Windows (32-bit and 64-bit), Mac, and Linux (32-bit and 64-bit), Mist is available. After you have finished installing Mist, it will tell you to wait a while as the software synchronizes you with the blockchain of Ethereum. You will be given the option to operate on the blockchain test or the main blockchain once the node is fully synchronized. If you just want to test Ethereum, we recommend using the blockchain test. You will be asked to choose a password around this time. There are a few things you have to keep in mind here:

  • First, you’ll never be able to change your password again once you’ve set it. So from the get-go you have to set a really strong password and you never have to forget your password.
  • Second, each time you want to send Ether, you will need to enter your password as a final confirmation.

Solc

In terms of development on Ethereum, solidity is pretty much your bread and butter. Solidity is a deliberately slimmed down, loosely-typed language with a syntax that is very similar to ECMAScript (Javascript) used to create smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain. Something is needed, however, to convert the solidity script into a format that the Ethereum Virtual Machine can read easily. That’s where “solc” or compiler of solidity comes in. There are two kings of Solidity compilers:

  • solc, which has been coded in C++
  • solc-js, which uses Emscripten to cross-compile from the solc C++ source code to JavaScript.

Although they are pretty much built from the same source code technically speaking, they tend to produce slightly different results in practice. They also have different interfaces for the command line. That said, solc – js is a bit slower than solc.

Keep watching this space for more.

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