Do you really need to hire blockchain developers?

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With experienced blockchain developers in short supply, using existing developers for blockchain projects could be the way forward.

So you’ve got an amazing idea for a blockchain app, one that is set to change your entire industry. You’ve already got some developers on board, or maybe you personally have a little coding experience under your belt, but you’re facing one major obstacle: you need blockchain developers to make it happen.

Let the hunt begin…

Seems simple enough to solve, so you post some job ads, sit back, and wait for the responses to come in. Except at first, they don’t. So you post more and adjust the parameters to cast a wider net. You insert a vague and mysterious message that’s meant to be inspiring to potential applicants. But the few blockchain developers that do get back to you just aren’t a good fit: you’d like to build your solution on [blockchain A], but they’re mainly focused on a different aspect of [blockchain B] and [blockchain C].

We’ve got one!

You finally find someone whose skills are a good match for your needs, but then the next hurdle comes into play: they’re in high demand, and you need to pay them enough to make it work their while. But you’re just at the early stages of your idea, the budget is tight, and any sort of significant investment is a long way off. You’ve got to seriously ask yourself, can you afford to pay out of pocket to keep this developer on board long enough to get this done? Considering many blockchain projects can take years, the answer is probably not. Besides, you still need to pay your backend and frontend developers, not to mention the UX/UI isn’t going to design itself!

There has to be an easier way.

So let’s back up here and ask ourselves one very fundamental question: do you really need to hire a blockchain developer? For many people, the answer to this question will be a resounding and decisive “yes,” as they’re building highly specialized blockchain apps that require programmers with in-depth knowledge of Solidity to build custom smart contracts. Others will think they do because they want to build everything from scratch, and if that’s your cup of tea, then by all means, go for it!

But for many applications, having someone who can run blockchain nodes or dive into the intricacies of specific blockchain programming languages really isn’t necessary. By integrating blockchain functionality with the help of an intuitive REST API that provides a high level of abstraction for the most useful blockchain features, much of the heavy lifting is already done for you, and you can just build your app.

Any developer can be a blockchain developer.

So we’ll cut straight to the chase. At Tatum, we’ve built exactly such an API, and it supports over 20 blockchain protocols. We also provide the blockchain infrastructure for all of them. We’ve created API endpoints that can be easily integrated into your app’s backend by any developer even if they don’t have any blockchain experience. You’ll be able to accomplish everything you need to with just a few simple API calls, and unless you’d like to build highly specialized custom smart contracts, you will never need to dive into Solidity. We’ve already done most of the hard work for you.

Now let’s be clear, we are by no means implying that blockchain developers are obsolete or unnecessary in the world today. Heck, we ARE blockchain developers. What we are saying is that there’s a very good chance you really don’t need to hire one to build your blockchain app.

But doesn’t that mean I’ll be limited to a few very basic features?

Not at all. If you want access to the nodes and build your own smart contracts, you can do that with Tatum too. You won’t be constrained to a reduced or oversimplified set of features, but for the most common features, you’ve already got some pretty powerful API endpoints that will significantly speed up the development process. Create NFTs, thousands at a time even, transfer them, generate wallets, private keys, virtual currencies, virtual accounts, with straightforward API calls, for over 20 blockchains.