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

20 million JavaScript devs can now build applications on NearProtocol. This was made known by the Neat founder, Illia Polosukhin, on Monday during the Korea Blockchain Week (KBW). Polosukhin announced that his company will be rolling out JavaScript Software Development Kits (JS SDKs) to enable developers to write blockchain smart contracts on Near. This initiative by Near will empower developers to write blockchain smart contracts on the Near Protocol and also open up the blockchain niche to a larger audience, such that 60 million NFTs could be minted in a single transaction.

Polosukhin said, “there’s about 20 million JavaScript devs 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 is even less. There is even less probably in Rust,” he added.

On Monday, Near released a press statement stating that the JS SDK Kits includes JavaScript and TypeScript contract examples and tests, as well as the contract framework itself. Polosukhin pointed out that the JavaScript Software Development Kits (JS SDKs) can be leveraged by anyone with some level of IT skills.

Whether you are a student looking to kick-start your career on the blockchain or you are looking to accelerate your projects using the blockchain technology, the JS SDKs can be of help. 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,” Polosukhin added.

Questioned whether or not the JS SDKs will be compatible with the Ethereum blockchain since Near is a direct competitor to Ethereum, he argued that while the JS SDKs will operate on Near, the company will look at creating an Ethereum-powered virtual machine from the SDK, similar to how Aurora virtual machine was created.

Launched in April 2020, Near is a decentralized app platform for developers. NEAR, its native token, is designed to power the Near ecosystem. According to CoinMarketCap, NEAR occupies number twenty four based on cryptocurrency ranking, with a market capitalization of $4.1 billion. At press time, NEAR was trading at $5.44 with a 24-hour trading volume of $671,783,278 USD.