Working as a blockchain dev is very exciting, being in the Web3 space and helping build incredible projects that could fundamentally change people’s lives and bring tremendous value to the community. Martin Dobrev, a Tech Lead at LimeChain and a mentor at LimeAcademy, will let us go behind the scenes and tell us more about how he got into Web3 and what thrills him about the space.
As a tech lead, his latest work includes building a decentralized exchange (DEX) on Hedera Hashgraph. Hedera is the only public ledger that uses hashgraph consensus, a faster and more secure alternative to blockchain consensus mechanisms. He enjoys teaching and is eager to help devs learn and transition to Web3. This led him to undertake a mentor role in LimeAcademy and make an even bigger impact on the community.
Can you tell us more about why and how you decided to become a developer?
When I was in high school, a friend of mine introduced me to HTML, and I was fascinated by the potential of the technology. At some point in my career development, I realized that coding gave me immense satisfaction, and I knew I was on the right track.
And how did you transition to blockchain development?
I started my crypto journey relatively late – at the beginning of 2021. I already had quite some experience in Web2 development and was always curious about how different Web3 was going to be. When starting in LimeChain, I went through a very detailed training path to acquire the needed skills – contract development, interactions, testing, wallets management and deploying contracts to testnet and mainnet.
Was it hard?
Yes, although it was challenging, the whole journey was thrilling and worth it. I must admit that the lack of descriptive errors and proper debugging was sometimes very time-consuming.
What is the best part of blockchain development?
The best part is knowing that I am part of the next generation of technology.
What is the worst part of blockchain development?
Maybe the amount of time spent trying to solve some specific issues. Sometimes you could be the first person facing a particular technical challenge, and there was no one to ask for help. This could be very frustrating at times. The good thing is that in LimeChain, there are a lot of great professionals that are always ready to provide help and advice.
You are one of the mentors in LimeAcademy. Could you tell us more about how you decided to do that?
I like learning new stuff and teaching. So LimeAcademy looked like the perfect place for me. Helping students learn new things and teaching them to solve Web3 problems is one of the most satisfying things for me.
What is your advice to devs who want to become blockchain devs?
To be consistent and disciplined in their efforts and not stop learning. And, of course, to be mentally prepared for difficulties and challenges. 🙂
Curious to learn more about how to become a blockchain dev? Check out the program details here.