Back to our Developer Showcase Series to learn what developers in the real world are doing with Hyperledger technologies. Next up is Navil Rodrigues of Coding Bootcamps.
What advice would you offer other technologists or developers interested in getting started working on blockchain?
To the newbies starting out their journey in the blockchain space, I would suggest having a strong grasp on fundamentals like cryptography and data structure like merkle tree to know how blocks are linked with each other. After which I would suggest reading the book “Mastering Bitcoin by Andreas” to enhance your knowledge. Later on you can choose a public or private blockchain that interests you.
Give a bit of background on what you’re working on, and let us know what was it that made you want to get into blockchain?
I am currently working as a full-time blockchain developer at Mckinley Rice. My most of the time goes architecting and implementing smart contracts for Ethereum and sidechains. I also have experience in developing and designing ICO contracts and bridging solutions to connect different chains. The “State of trust,” “Decentralization” and “Immutable data records” made me fall for this technology.
What Hyperledger project(s) are you working on? Any new developments to share? Can you sum up your experience with Hyperledger technologies?
I have worked on a supply chain finance platform built upon Hyperledger Fabric that was developed to provide a common platform for suppliers, anchors and financial institutions. I keep an eye on what’s new in Hyperledger Fabric to stay updated with the latest developments. I would say the community behind the Hyperledger umbrella development is very active and its industry experts.
What are the main differences between developing blockchain applications in Hyperledger Fabric or Ethereum?
There are several differences. For instance, the consensus algorithm or architecture of a popular public blockchain like Ethereum or Polygon is very different from Hyperledger Fabric as they serve different purposes. Likewise, when it comes to NFT assets on a public network like Polygon versus a private network like Hyperledger Fabric, public networks allow integration with cross-chain networks and DeFi. For example, RealBig NFT assets are tied into both crypto exchanges and DeFi platforms for staking.
What do you think is most important for the Hyperledger community to focus on in the next year?
The most important thing Hyperledger can focus on is increasing the number of transactions per second. Also, we like to see Hyperledger tools and libraries that are currently at incubation stage become active.
As Hyperledger’s incubated projects start maturing and hit 1.0s and beyond, what are the most interesting technologies, apps, or use cases coming out as a result from your perspective?
Hyperledger Transact is a really interesting product. We need methods for quickly creating distributed ledger technology (DLT) applications.
What’s the one issue or problem you hope blockchain can solve?
Blockchain is going to solve many problems. However, I am looking forward to seeing blockchain being adopted and implemented more by private companies.
Where do you hope to see Hyperledger technologies and/or blockchain in 5 years?
We hope to see robust widely accepted Hyperledger DLT applications especially among enterprise companies.
What is the best piece of developer advice you’ve ever received?
Spend more time on architecting a solution thoroughly than developing it.
What technology could you not live without?