The most successful people in the cryptocurrency and blockchain community are not investors. They have not traded their way to the top. Instead, they have all built something. All the top billionaires in the blockchain, crypto, and even internet and social media sectors are builders.
This is why it is so important to understand basic crypto concepts such as dApps or smart contract programming. Those who build things that people value are, and will always be, rewarded by the community.
What’s more, one of the latest trends in programming is Put simply, functional programming is becoming big. One of the most interesting functional programming languages is Zilliqa. Zilliqa is a high-performance, high-security open-source blockchain platform.
Anyone can learn how to program on Zilliqa
In the following video, crypto educator Ivan on Tech goes through how to program a Zilliqa smart contract. The full video, stretching less than 22 minutes including an introduction to programming, what Zilliqa and Scilla are, as well as a comprehensive follow-along guide for Zilliqa programming allows anyone to program.
It’s easy to start, you get fast results, following the instructions is intuitive and they’re open to everybody. In fact, the best part of this Zilliqa programming guide is that it does not require you to be a mathematician or smart programmer.
Ace the quiz and compete for 15,000 ZIL
What’s more, there’s a clear incentive for anyone to follow along besides just learning more about blockchain. At the end of the episode, there’s a quiz with questions relating directly to the video.
For those who manage to follow along, do the quiz and get at least 25 out of 35 point, they are eligible to be one of three people who win 15,000 ZIL. This means that following along in the video could give you even more than valuable insight regarding programming and Zilliqa.
Even programmers can make mistakes – Zilliqa fixes that
The blockchain and crypto community relies extensively on programmers and their software. However, programmers are not perfect. Sometimes they make mistakes, and sometimes they can build smart contracts that are not secure.
One of the reasons for this is that Ethereum, for example, does not have especially good tools for formal verification. Formal verification means that someone can mathematically verify what a smart contract is doing.
As such, one of the most important things in designing the Zilliqa programming language, Scilla, was implementing formal verification. Through doing this, the Scilla programming language became deeply rooted in science.
Scilla is peer-reviewed and made by academics
It is, in fact, developed by academics and is peer-reviewed. What’s more, it employs an automated scanner to identify generic security vulnerability.
Additionally, Scilla also makes it easier to write safe contracts, as well as simplifies the testing process. The programming language also uses a mathematical proof-of-safety – meaning that it uses formal verification.
The unique selling-points of Zilliqa is that the network employs sharding – i.e. split up the workload so that all nodes do not have to process all transactions – much like Ethereum is currently trying to do with its network.
Moreover, it is also tailored to be enterprise ready, in terms of its scalability, and that the software is mature enough. As such, building something on the Zilliqa network using Scilla gives a number of advantages.
Test your newfound Zilliqa skills
Make sure to follow each moment in programming the smart contract in the video above. Once you feel you have a good grasp of the concepts, feel free to do the Zilliqa quiz available here.
If you demonstrate your knowledge of the different Zilliqa facts available in the video, you’ll be able to ace the test. As long as you get at least 25 out of 35 points, you’ll stand a stance to be one of the three people to win 15,000 ZIL!
Ivan is a blockchain educator, software developer, data scientist, and business developer. His Youtube channel “Ivan on Tech” is a truly global phenomenon spreading knowledge about the blockchain technology to hundreds of thousands of viewers all over the world. Ivan makes the complex simple by delivering entertaining and exciting talks.