NEAR Protocol launches JavaScript SDKs for JS developers

Following the release of JavaScript SDKs, 20 million JS developers will now be able to create applications on the NEAR Protocol.
Following the release of JavaScript SDKs, 20 million JS developers will now be able to create applications on the NEAR Protocol.

Following the release of JavaScript Software Development Kits (JS SDKs) on Monday, 20 million JavaScript developers will now be able to create applications on the NEAR Protocol and construct blockchain smart contracts.

NEAR focuses on the far wider audience

Illia Polosukhin, the founder of NEAR, stressed in an interview on August 9 at the Korea Blockchain Week (KBW) that the move will expose the specialized field of blockchain development to a far wider audience. 

“Before we had Solidity, so for Ethereum and other Layer 2s, we had Rust, which is what Solana and Near are mainly. And so Solidity has probably 100,000 developers who are familiar with it, and those who are active is even less. There is even less probably in Rust,” he stated.

Polosukhin continued by saying that anyone might use the JS SDKs, from students trying out blockchain technology to business professionals aiming to advance their projects.

It is noteworthy because a student can create an app without needing to master new skills and languages. Additionally, hiring developers will be simpler for business owners, allowing them to establish stronger, more efficient teams that can deliver products more quickly. 

The idea behind NEAR is to create a highly powerful and flexible system that enables developers to create really anything, from very simple apps to complicated apps, Polosukhin explained.

In a Monday announcement, NEAR pointed out that the Javascript SDK includes the “contract framework itself, JavaScript and TypeScript contract examples and tests.”

When asked if the Javascript SDKs would be compatible with the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) given that NEAR is a rival to Ethereum, Polosukhin responded that the offering would run exclusively on Near but that it would be possible to create EVM-compatible smart contracts from the SDK, similar to how EVM-compatible scaling Aurora was created on NEAR.

NEAR protocol is also focusing on the DeFi sector, and in October last year, it launched a $800 million grants fund focusing on the DeFi and its ecosystem, as TheCoinRise reported.