15 of the Best Tools for Blockchain Development

Blockgeeks.

12 months ago
15besttoolsfordevelopment


blockchain development has evolved pretty drastically over the last few years. What started as a means to power up a decentralized payment network has morphed into a decentralized supercomputer where developers from all around the world can come and create their own software applications. This is a truly exciting space with lots of scope for development. However, as a developer who is a new entrant in this space, you might feel a little lost. So, we have created this guide specifically for you.

15 of the Best Tools for Blockchain Development

Before You Use The Tools

Before we get to the tools there are some basics that you should know.

A blockchain is, in the simplest of terms, a time-stamped series of immutable record of data that is managed by a cluster of computers not owned by any single entity. Each of these blocks of data (i.e. block) are secured and bound to each other using cryptographic principles (i.e. chain).

Bitcoin brought blockchains to the forefront by using it to power a decentralized payment system but since then, blockchain technology has seen wider adoption. Projects like Ethereum has shown us that one can use a public blockchain to create decentralized applications.

Similarly, organizations could prefer a private blockchain service like Hyperledger created by the Linux Foundation. If you are at the beginning of your journey as a developer then it is critical that you know how Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Hyperledger work. That is where you should begin.

Alright, so now let’s look at the tools.

Best Blockchain Development Tools

Best Tools for Blockchain Development

Tool #1 Geth

Geth is an implementation of an Ethereum node in the Go programming language. To put it simply, Geth is a program which acts as a node of the Ethereum blockchain. By using Geth. a user can do the following:

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

You can and download Geth.  Geth is supported by Linux, Mac, and Windows. There are two types of installations supported, Binary and Scripted.

Once you start up Geth, you will have the option to connect to:

New course horisontal
New course horisontal
  • The existing live blockchain
  • Create its own blockchain by depending on the provide settings

However, if you don’t set any default values, Geth will automatically connect to the Ethereum mainnet. Geth also serves as a console for inputting certain commands and executing specific functions. Keep one thing in mind though, on running Geth it will automatically download the entire Ethereum blockchain, which can take a long time (even days). It may make sense to use an external hard drive to store the data.

Tool #2 Mist

Best Tools for Blockchain Development

Image Credit: by Brandon O’Brien.

$ time solc --optimize --bin -o . Test1.sol

Warning: This is a pre-release compiler version, please do not use it in production.



real 0m0.075s

user 0m0.007s

sys 0m0.009s



$ time solcjs --optimize --bin Test1.sol



real 0m3.950s

user 0m3.524s

sys 0m0.337s

A good number of Ethereum nodes natively includes a solc implementation, but it is also packaged as a standalone module for an offline compiling. So, you can decide to use web3.eth.compile.solidity() to compile your Solidity files using your node, or you can start using a solc.compile() that doesn’t rely on any external node.

A solidity compiler which has been built of JavaScript allows for some interesting applications. One of those applications happens to be Remix, which is our next tool.

Tool #4: Remix

Remix is a great compiler that we use for small contracts. If you are looking to learn solidity then this is seriously the best way to go about it. Simply go to