Blockchain for Javascript Devs

Written by
Shivam Srivastava
June 3, 2024
min. read

Building Blockchain Apps in Javascript: What You Need to Know

Javascript has proven its widespread versatility, and its strength and flexibility make it a clear contender for use in blockchain development. The demands of developers are such that only those tools that are efficient, scalable and secure will do. Javascript fits the bill.

In this guide, we’re going to take you through how Javascript will not only help you build blockchain applications, but also release and manage them, too. We’ll look at the key benefits, capabilities and integration techniques, and how it all comes together to make the process as smooth as possible.

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Which is Better for Blockchain: JavaScript or Python?

Your programming language is crucial when it comes to how efficient, how scalable and how secure your applications will be. When it comes to blockchain, Javascript and Python are the heavy hitters, and like all of us, they both have their strengths and weaknesses.

Is JavaScript Good for Blockchain?

In a word: yes. In more words: Javascript’s versatility and flexibility make it a great fit for developing your blockchain applications, keeping them fast and allowing for huge potential. Server-side execution is possible by operating on the Node.js runtime, and benefits from a wide range of libraries and frameworks. Tatum is proud to be part of that and working on making development as easy as possible.

Python in Blockchain Development

Python has a lot going for it. It’s very readable and its straightforward syntax makes things much simpler for those with less experience or short deadlines. There are a lot of people out there sharing knowledge, libraries for data analysis and machine learning, even cryptography. These things all play to Python’s advantage in the blockchain space, but when things get data-intensive, Python might not have Javascript’s performance.

Which Language Is Best for Blockchain Development?

Based on their individual strengths, either might work, depending on what you need. For projects with a wide range of functionalities like smart contracts and decentralized apps (DApps), as well as seamless integration with web technologies, Javascript is probably the way to go. But if quick prototyping is more important, or you are heavily data-driven, it might be better to choose Python.

Javascript vs. Python

Why Choose Tatum for JavaScript Blockchain Development?

Simplified Blockchain Interaction

Blockchain development might seem daunting for Javascript developers. That’s where we step in. Tatum’s API makes the whole thing much simpler, removing complexity and helping developers , even blockchain newcomers, get straight to work building their applications.

Wide Blockchain Support

Tatum offers support for over 100 blockchain protocols, and this flexibility means, along with our API interface, that developers will be able to work across multiple blockchains like never before. And you won't get locked into a single technology, because who wants that?

Rapid Development

Tatum might be easy, but it's also speedy. Our platform comes with a lot of functions ready to go, the ones that you're most likely to need - transactions, wallet creation and smart contracts - blink, and it's done.

JavaScript and Node.js SDKs

Tailored for JavaScript and Node.js, Tatum's SDKs make integration a breeze, seamlessly crossing the divide on JavaScript projects.

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Learn Blockchain Programming with JavaScript 

Want to have a go at building a blockchain application with Tatum and JavaScript? Here's a little tutorial!

For starters, sign up for a Tatum API key, which opens the vault door to Tatum’s wide range of functionalities. Just check out our documentation and take the first step to reaching your blockchain development goals.

How to Create a Blockchain in JavaScript

Just start a new Node.js project and install our Tatum SDK:

Creating a Blockchain Wallet with JavaScript

One of the first things you'll want to do is make a Bitcoin wallet. Tatum's SDK makes it easier than opening a real wallet. Here's a quick guide on how to create one:

Sending a Blockchain Transaction

Up next, we have sending transactions, another must. Tatum streamlines the process, making it possible in just a few lines of code. Here's a small example of how to send a Bitcoin transaction:

Put Tatum to Work on Your JavaScript Blockchain Projects

It doesn't matter if you're building a decentralized application (DApp), making something for fintech or heading off into the world of NFTs or digital assets, Tatum will be there to support you, making things simpler and getting you where you're going fast.

With Tatum's SDK integrated into your JavaScript project, you can move your focus from the complexities to innovation.

Top JavaScript and Blockchain Books Every Developer Should Read

We think you should definitely check these out if you're looking to up your blockchain development skills:

Tatum Documentation

Let's start things off with Tatum's official documentation, the best place to go for comprehensive guides and API references.

Mastering Bitcoin” by Andreas M. Antonopoulos

As an overall guide to how blockchains and cryptocurrencies work, this is a fantastic resource, even for those who aren’t just interested in JavaScript. Developer Tutorials also provides a long list of tutorials and other development resources, for blockchain and more, including how JavaScript can be used for smart contracts and DApps.

Eloquent JavaScript“ by Marijn Haverbeke

Eloquent JavaScript is a great stop if you’re looking to level up your work in the language, for beginners and beyond - for blockchain is no exception.

Practice makes perfect, but with these resources, you’ll have a solid knowledge foundation that you can build your JavaScript blockchain development on. Big or small, simple or complex, whatever you’re envisioning, JavaScript and Tatum will help you get there.

JavaScript + Tatum = Blockchain Development Done Right

So, if you’re looking to move into blockchain application development or want to build on what you’ve already achieved, JavaScript in tandem with Tatum is a powerful combination. 

JavaScript’s versatility and Tatum’s API mean that your options are vast whilst keeping things straightforward and efficient.

And with our pre-built functions and resources to pull from, you’ll save loads of time and have more energy to put into what you want to build.

Reach your blockchain development goals with JavaScript and Tatum. Stable, scalable, secure.

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