Transitioning Into Web3 As a Frontend, Backend, or Fullstack Developer

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Transitioning Into Web3 As a Frontend, Backend, or Fullstack Developer

Olubisi Idris Ayinde
·Aug 17, 2022·

6 min read

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The advent of the metaverse and acceptance of blockchain, decentralized finance, and crypto by the general public continues to generate headlines, attracting developers to the web3 ecosystem.

However, everyone wants to know more about Web3, which leads to asking several questions like Does Web3 need a backend? Is Web3 front end? What do I need to become a Web3 developer? What skills are needed for Web3? How do I become a Web3 developer?

In this post, you will learn more about what you need to focus on while transitioning Into Web3 as a Front-end, Back-end, or Fullstack developer.

I made a post a while ago where I shared my experience on How I Landed a Developer Relations Role in Web3 after six months since then I have received a lot of questions from developers willing to get their foot into the Web3 space. I hope this post will be beneficial.

Transitioning Into Web3 As a Frontend Developer

In this section, we will go through some fundamentals of frontend development, who is a frontend developer, and the skills required for a frontend developer transitioning into the Web3 ecosystem.

Who is a Frontend Developer?

Creating a website's graphical user interface using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript is known as frontend web development. This allows users to view and interact with the website.

A frontend developer develops websites and applications that people can access and utilize using web technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. A frontend developer is responsible for creating the design elements you see when you visit a website.

Skills Required to Transition into Web3 As a Frontend Developer

As a frontend developer looking to transition into web3, assuming you already have the fundamental skills required to build the frontend of a web application using tools like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and libraries like React or Angular.

These skills are so relevant in the Web3 ecosystem. All you need to do is to learn about the blockchain, understand the terminologies used in Web3, and then learn how to interact with blockchain using Library/SDKs.

There are a ton of libraries accessible, and there is still a ton coming up—you may have noticed by now how quickly the Web3 field is evolving.

It is frequently used in decentralized applications (dapps) to facilitate sending transactions, engaging with smart contracts, reading block data, and several other use cases.

Here are some libraries that frontend developers can utilize to interact with the blockchain to build a decentralized application.

  • Web3.js You can use HTTP, IPC, or WebSocket to communicate with a local or remote Ethereum node using the web3.js library collection.

  • Ethers.js A complete and lightweight toolkit for interfacing with the Ethereum Blockchain and its ecosystem is what the ethers.js library strives to be.

  • Web3.py The Python package Web3 .py allows users to communicate with Ethereum.

  • react-moralis React components and hooks for your Moralis project

  • alchemy-web3 Alchemy Web3 is a wrapper for Web3.js that offers improved API methods and other significant advantages.

As mentioned earlier, the Web3 space is evolving fast because we have a lot of developers focusing on building on the blockchain, which in turn results in more tools being released daily.

You should be open to learning more as you proceed into Web3.

Transitioning Into Web3 As a Backend Developer

As a backend developer, transitioning into Web3 would require adding a few additional skills to your programming toolbox. You will learn about what you need in this section.

Who is a Backend Developer?

The professionals creating and managing the systems that allow websites to handle data and carry out operations are called backend developers.

Backend developers are involved in server-side tasks that you cannot see, such as data storage and security, in contrast to frontend developers, who are in charge of everything you can see on a website.

Skills Required to Transition into Web3 As a Backend Developer

Backend skills are also an excellent approach to deep dive into the web3 space, and you might focus on building, coding, and coding because you despise CSS:).

That's fine; you may work full-time as a smart-contract developer, earn good money, and have multiple side hustles.

Learning programming languages like Solidity or Rust or Vyper is your best shot at creating smart contracts and building on the blockchain.

Transitioning Into Web3 As a Fullstack Developer

In simple terms, this refers to creating web applications' frontend (client-side) and backend (server-side) elements and a bit of DevOps.

In this section, you will learn about who a full stack developer is and the skills required to transition into web3 as a full stack developer.

Who is a Fullstack Developer?

A full-stack web developer can work on the front and back of a web application, making them well-suited to projects needing databases, client-facing websites, and even customer participation throughout the planning phase.

They are also skilled in user interface and business logic, which enables them to participate and offer strategy advice while getting their hands dirty.

Skills required to transition into Web3 As a Fullstack Developer

As described in the preceding step, a full-stack developer has the knowledge and abilities to work on a web application's front and backend. However, this includes HTML, CSS, Javascript, Reactjs, or Angular on the frontend (client) and coding with Javascript, Java, Go lang or C# on the backend (server side).

These experiences are beneficial and pertinent as you move through the Web3 ecosystem. In addition, you learn programming languages like Solidity, Rust, or Vyper to create a blockchain-based smart contract and ReactJs to create a fully functional decentralized application on the client side.

Resources

  1. Nader's Web3 Resources by Nader Dabit

  2. Free Resources to Learn Solidity, Ethereum, Blockchain, Fullstack dApps & Smart Contract

  3. Free Web3 Resources by Francesco Ciulla

  4. Zero To Hero: Web3.0 and Solidity Development Roadmap by Vitto

  5. The Complete Roadmap and Resources to Become a Web3 by Suhail Kakar

  6. Web 3.0: A Developer Roadmap, Guide, and Resources

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Conclusion

In this post, you learn about transitioning into web3 as a Frontend, Backend, or Fullstack Developer, the skills required, and some valuable resources to help as you begin your journey into the web3 ecosystem.

Of course, the skills mentioned or highlighted in this post aren't limited to just the ones mentioned as the Web3 ecosystem moves fast. You need to keep up and ensure you follow up o the new tools released to help you become a better web developer in web3.

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