According to a recent study of 158 cryptocurrency companies, developers account for 5.4% of their employees. That may seem like a rather modest figure in the grand scheme of things, but the reality is that demand for skilled blockchain developers and engineers continues to surge. High-level developers – the kind who are adept at creating base layer protocols and decentralized applications (dApps) – are being sought by both new and established blockchain businesses, with LinkedIn naming ‘blockchain developer’ as the number one emerging post last December. Amazingly, the volume of vacancies increased 33-fold through 2018.
We already know, therefore, what the blockchain industry can do for developers: it can provide them with a surfeit of gainful employment opportunities, and sometimes even a chance to change the way the world – or a tiny part of it at least – works. But which exciting projects are acting as lodestones for the next wave of whip-smart devs? And what do these projects have to offer that will attract more blockchain developers into the fold?
Matic is a layer two project that aims to bring much-needed scaling to the Ethereum network via the Plasma framework and PoS sidechains. Designed to complement the main chain, Matic seeks to solve a quandary which will inevitably hamper the progress of dApp development and adoption moving forward: namely, the fact that the current ecosystem is unable to scale in accordance with demand.
By better enabling developers to create scalable dApps, while simultaneously providing a superior user experience in a secure and decentralized manner, Matic is creating an application platform for the next generation of blockchain developers. Among other features in the works are a Matic wallet that developers can use to onboard users,