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A way to get started as a developer in the NFT Space

This will be a short read about the NFT space, how you can learn about it and how you could get started in it, as a developer.

What are NFT´s?

Most likely you have heard about NFT´s, which stands for non-fungible token. I am going to explain it in a few sentences, for the person’s hearing about it for the first time.
NFT´s are digital assets, which provide proof-of-ownership and do get secured on the blockchain. The process of creating a NFT is called minting. Other than minting, NFT`s can be bought, sold and exchanged on different marketplaces with the likes of cryptocurrencies or “real money” (mostly called “fiat” in web3). The minting process or an exchange gets approved by signing a digital signature. NFT´s are not interchangeable, so you can see if it’s the original piece of a collection or a derivative, mostly through some few clicks. At the time of writing the most frequent use cases include digital art, game assets or unique club-memberships. I am certain there will be more use cases to come that will also include everyday use cases.

Community

The community is one of the biggest parts of the NFT space. A striving community plays a big role in the NFT space, whether it’s through Twitter, Discord, events in real life or any other form of social engagement. Most of the NFT community is welcoming and friendly to newcomers, so if you have any questions, just ask and I am certain someone will reply to you. Don´t get me wrong, it is not all sunshine and roses out there, there can be people who do not respond in a rightful way. But as long as you respond in a friendly and helpful manner the majority will react even. There is often some sarcasm involved though, especially on Twitter, so try to take that with humor.

Developers

To start off, there is huge demand for developers in the NFT space, a lot of projects are launching everyday, some more successful than others. When a project wants to provide value to its holders and strives to become successful in this space, the project team will need good developers. Not making the entire team small, a good team works well together and everyone plays their part, but without developers a lot is hard or impossible to implement in a technology driven field. You may get the chance to build out your own vision, as the space is relatively new. With the space being new, there is almost unlimited growth potential.
When you would like to make a difference in this space, don’t hesitate to make a move and try to get into it. I am writing for the Antisocial Labs, a developer lab founded by builders for builders. The Labs team is looking for different types of developers to go through an interview. Whether you would like to operate on Ethereum, Solana, Near or any other blockchain is up to you. And if you are already working on a project, don’t hesitate, the antisocial labs team is also looking for developers already building the space. Trying to connect developers to drive innovation. Here is some information for the positions the Antisocial lab is looking for:

  • Front-end developer
  • Back-end developer
  • Data Engineer
  • DevOps Engineer
  • Smart Contract developer

Front-end dev requirements:

React.JS: Good understanding of state management and component lifecycle
CSS: Experience with responsive design, either through CSS directly, or via a React component library such as MaterialUI; Ability to implement complex designs provided by clients.
JS: Understanding of modern best practices and language features
TS: Some understanding and experience with Typescript. The more the better.
Git: Experience with working in a collaborative environment, including branching and pull-requests
Performance: Understanding what makes a site performant, what must be considered with a React project to improve performance; Understanding of the Chrome lighthouse.
Web3: some understanding of basic web3 concepts, such as wallets connection, transactions, signing, etc is a plus, but not a requirement

Back-end dev requirements:

Modern back-end language: strong knowledge of at least one modern language, and corresponding back-end framework: Python (Flask); NodeJS (Express); C# (ASP.NET Core)
API Design and interaction: experience with different API protocols, such as REST, GraphQL, and RPC, both consuming and implementing them
Databases: Good understanding of either noSQL or SQL databases and some experience with the other
Git: Experience with working in a collaborative environment, including branching and pull-requests
Containerisation: Some understanding of docker and containerisation is desirable Cloud: Experience with at least one major cloud provider (GCP, AWS, Azure) is desirable
Performance: Understanding what makes modern web applications scalable while remaining cost effective, being able to write performant multithreaded code is a plus
Web3: some understanding of basic web3 concepts, such as wallets connection, transactions, signing, etc is a plus, but not a requirement

If you are interested in going through an interview with the Labs Team, you can send me or the Team a message on twitter or send me a direct message on Discord. I will provide links below.
Thanks for reading, have a nice day and always keep a smile on your face,
Niklas

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lee

Very informative..

To start off, there is huge demand for developers in the NFT space, a lot of projects are launching everyday, some more successful than others.

I'd love to see some stats on this one day. I hear Solidity developers are harder to get hold of than brain surgeons.

Feel free to place an add for developers in our listings section

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Thanks for the answer, I´ll do it!

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lee

You'll be our first!

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I'll come and work for you. Pay me in grass 🥬

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lee

Ignore the Llama, he's been a bit difficult today.. 🤦‍♂️