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Most Developer Friendly Blockchains

A Network is Only as Good as Its Ease

Blockchain platforms allow the development of blockchain-based applications. These applications are decentralized in nature, making them autonomous, permissionless, and open for all. Some of the major blockchain platforms like Ethereum, Hyperledger, R3, Ripple, and EOS have built blockchain frameworks that allow developers to design and host applications

These blockchain frameworks differ in their complexities. Some are incredibly complex to design, but can support equally complex applications (Hyperledger, Ethereum, etc), while others are developer friendly, easy to navigate, and can support applications that are simple to build (EcoChain, Tron, etc.). 

To understand what makes an application easy to use, we have to understand the features that might make it developer friendly. If a developer has fun while designing an application, chances are that the application too would be fun to use. 

What a Developer Looks for in a Blockchain 

Developers are usually quite choosy in what platform they choose to pursue. Depending upon the logic skills of the developer, they may look for a platform that eases their strain or they might look at platforms that give the most desired outcome. Let us look at some of the important characteristics that a developer might look at when selecting a blockchain platform

  • Ease of Use: A blockchain platform that functions as a ground for building applications must be fundamentally easy to use. The logic behind developing applications must be simple enough to ensure applications of various sizes and shapes can be developed. 
  • Transaction Speed: The transaction speed is a huge factor in selecting a blockchain. Dapps or decentralized applications today use smart contracts to execute commands. If the transaction speed of the network is slow, then it would take a while to execute the contracts, making the application slow. 
  • Computational Capabilities: By computational capabilities, we mean the ability of a platform to execute complex commands that would not necessarily be easy to do on general platforms like Bitcoin. Turing completeness is a generally used metric to determine the computational capabilities of a network. 
  • Supported Developing Language: One of the major characteristics of a platform is to understand the programming language it supports. A language could be complex, logic-based, or computationally variable. One must find the right mix to successfully execute his/her vision. 

Top 3 Developer Friendly Protocols

Platforms that are complex and difficult to navigate inevitably will develop into niche areas because not everyone will be open to experimenting on that platform. Platforms like the ones mentioned below are relatively easy to design, develop, and execute. The platforms can make the most of the opportunity by positioning themselves as a nurturing ground for developing easy to design, general-purpose applications. 

Ecoc.io

EcoChain EcoChain is a simple and easy to use blockchain developing platform. By using a Virtual machine to build a bridge, EcoChain leverages the capabilities of the Ethereum Blockchain in spreading decentralization, transparency, and openness. By building on an already proven high-functionality blockchain, EcoChain can compound any innovations it makes on-chain. The team has invested a lot of time and money into making the experience of the developers as smooth and painless as possible.

EcoChain uses an iteration of PoS that allows the network to host block size of up to 4 MB and a block time of 32 seconds, making it both transparent and scalable. EcoChain uses the Solidity programing language, which is also the language of Ethereum. Solidity has been known to be a highly developer centric language, derived from the most efficient languages like Javascript, C++, and Python. Solidity breaks down the logic behind applications, making it highly efficient and easy to develop. Solidity is also a Turing complete language. In theory, this means that any problem can be solved using EcoChain, given long enough computing time. 

  • Industry Focus: Cross-Industry, Finance, Business
  • Consensus Algorithm: Proof of Stake
  • Turing Status: Turing Complete
  • Smart Contract Functionality: Yes
  • Language Supported: Solidity

NEO 

NEO is a project intended for building blockchain-based solutions or applications. The modularity of the NEO platform allows network designers to plug in their preferred components like membership services and consensus, distinguishing it from other blockchain solutions. The NEO framework is designed for permissionless networks, enabling anyone and everyone to participate within a system.

NEO uses a C# developing framework. This allows developers to get everything from compilers to toolbox under one umbrella. It is known that developing smart contracts on NEO is easy even for those who do not have any idea about C#. 

  • Industry Focus: Cross-Industry
  • Consensus Algorithm: dBFT 
  • Turing Status: Turing Complete
  • Smart Contract Functionality: Yes
  • Languages Supported: C# and Python

Tron

The Tron Project, established in late 2017, was built as a protocol for developing and executing real-world smart contracts, rivaling the spearhead of the time – Ethereum. The platform released its native virtual machine to make it easier for developers to implement their solutions on Tron’s network. The network does not necessitate programmers to learn a new programming language as it supports one of the most popular programming languages all over the world: Java. 

The Tron network aims to use blockchain technology and decentralize the web, enabling content creators to not be compulsorily related to centralized companies, to offer their creations. Because of the ease of use, high transaction capability, and stability of Tron, it has developed into a center for applications that need such features – Games and Gambling applications. 

  • Industry Focus: Gaming and gambling
  • Consensus Algorithm: Delegated Proof of Stake
  • Turing Status: Turing Complete
  • Smart Contract Functionality: Yes
  • Language Supported: Java
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