A few ways to get started writing your own Ethereum Smart Contracts

With the NFT world booming I’m finding more and more people are becoming interested in diving deeper into smart contracts, both to understand existing ones and potentially take a stab at writing their own. The reality is, you don’t need a CS degree or a strong background in software development to write smart contracts, anyone reading this now can do it.

That being said, if you haven’t coded before, there will be a lot of new concepts to understand so it might take a bit longer. If you have coded before in a language like C, C++, Java, Python, etc. you’ll find a lot of what you know carries over, to a point, and then you will also encounter some new concepts.

Since I’ve had more than a handful of people reach out to me interested in an article about smart contracts, I thought I’d whip one up, but it’s Friday night and I’m getting ready for dinner so I’m going to keep this short as sweet.

The first thing to know is that if you’re going to be reading or writing Ethereum Smart Contracts, you’re going to want to learn Solidity, a programming language influenced by Python, C++, and Javascript. I won’t go into more detail on Solidity in this article but if you want to learn more – here’s the place to go.

Okay, so let’s say you want to just jump in and learn how to write your first smart contract now, like right now. Watch this You Tube video, follow along, and twenty minutes later you’ll have written and deployed a smart contract.

Of course there are lots of other videos on You Tube like the one above, I’d just recommend starting with something short like this so you can get your hands dirty and actually write a contract vs. watching hours of video learning a million different things.

Once you’ve written a simple smart contract like the one detailed in the video above, then you’re probably going to want to go deeper because, well, this is pretty darn interesting stuff, especially when applied to NFTs. So the next place to check out is Ethereum.org’s How to Write and Deploy an NFT tutorial.

How to write and deploy an NFT

If you find yourself at the end of this and you’re loving it and want to really geek out, I’d end with this awesome article by woof, the lead dev over at Sneaky Vampire Syndicate. Woof wrote what I think is easily one of the best, most detailed articles about some of the things he’s done to mitigate gas wars, bots, and network congestion for Ethereum NFT projects.

Mitigating gas wars, bots, NFT

Okay, dinner time. If you liked this article and want more like it just lmk and I’m happy to keep em coming. Happy Friday and have a great weekend 🙌

Morgan Linton

Morgan Linton