The transition to Web3 development from other fields can be difficult and even experienced developers may sometimes find the initial adjustment period challenging. But don’t worry, that’s to be expected. In many ways, the Web3 industry marches to the beat of its own drum so getting used to the specific flow of Web3 development requires some effort. However, with the right attitude and working environment, any potential challenges can be easily overcome.
Still, it always pays off to be prepared and this is especially true when it comes to software development. Usually knowing what challenges lie ahead gives you the best chances to succeed. So with that in mind, let’s see some of the challenges that you may encounter at the start of your journey as a Web3 developer.
A new tech field
The first obstacle you’re likely to encounter as a rookie Web3 developer stems from the complexity of Web3 technologies. You’ll need to learn new technologies on the fly and be ready for action from the jump. You’ll need to be a quick learner and be inquisitive by nature.
Yes, blockchain development is complex, but what makes it even more challenging is how different it’s from other branches of software development. Especially if you’re coming from another software development field, you’ll need to develop new habits and master a different set of principles and priorities.
For example, whereas conventional development often prioritizes speed and performance, in Web3 development storage and gas optimization usually come first.
You also need to be extra diligent when it comes to writing code, because any potential bugs and exploits could result in financial losses for users.
This is exacerbated by the immutable nature of blockchain technology, meaning that once your code has been submitted to the blockchain, it cannot be changed. So developers have to make sure that their code is well-optimized and secure before deploying it to mainnet, as they wouldn’t be able to correct any errors in the code once the app goes live.
The specific requirements of Web3 development extend to the frontend as well. This is because of the particular dApp user flow which stems from the specific interactions with blockchain infrastructure that need to be accommodated.
For example, to interact with dApps users usually need to connect with their cryptocurrency wallets in order to enable Web3 functionalities. Frontend developers need to be aware of such quirks of Web3 development and work closely with the UX&UI design team to nail down the best specifications for a given dApp. In addition, because so much of a dApp’s functionality is driven by smart contracts, it’s important for frontend devs to know their way around smart contract code.
Transparent development and community engagement
One thing that’s decidedly foreign to newcomers to the Web3 industry is how open and transparent the process of Web3 development can often be. This is especially true for projects such as Web3 protocols which have established and active communities around them. For example, adding new features and functionalities to a protocol or a DAO-governed dApp often has to be approved by the community. This creates a completely different dynamic from what might be seen in a more traditional tech company.
Another thing to consider is the predominantly open-source nature of Web3 technologies and products. This allows Web3 projects to use and reuse in creative ways technologies developed by their industry peers. This is another reason to stay up-to-date with the goings-on of the industry.
So as you can see, getting used to Web3 development is rarely a straightforward affair. That said, there are a lot of ways to make that initial period of adaptation much easier. Here are some useful tips that can help you get a head start on your Web3 developer journey.
Enroll in a Web3 training program
We’ve already talked about how joining a Web3 training program can help you master blockchain technology. But it could also give you a valuable insight about what it is to work for a Web3 startup. At the LimeAcademy bootcamp, for example, we task our trainees with building a functional Web3 product and the course is designed to emulate the daily routine of a Web3 developer. That way our trainees can learn blockchain and, at the same time, get an idea of what actual Web3 development looks like.
Don’t underestimate the onboarding process
This one is for the Web3 startups looking for fresh dev talent to join their ranks. Make sure that new recruits have everything they need to learn, grow and thrive at your company. With the right motivation and in the right working environment, even the biggest Web3 rookies can hit the ground running!
Embrace the community
While the open nature of Web3 development can be a bit intimidating, at first, it’s ultimately a great thing! Engaging with the community can help you to improve and perfect your craft and grow as a Web3 developer.