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- Blockchain training varies from small lists of instructions to full courses.
- Web3 developers come in from experienced crypto builders, or from Web2 teams.
- Web3 features include NFT mints, DeFi, tokenization, cross-chain features, smart contracts and more.
Blockchain development has been going on for years, with small teams usually discovering the features by trial and error. After the boom of DeFi and P2E games, faster building became the norm, with multiple SDK features released by top blockchains and Web3 hubs.
Newer tools also mean the need to onboard more developers, and train them in specific SDK, API or RPC for some of the recently popular fast blockchains. Web3 building also includes new challenges such as demand for multi-chain apps, secure bridges and easier user onboarding.
Tools for training include anything from documentation to organizing events and hackathons. Play2Moon picked some of the most readily available and detailed training hubs. The materials remain free and are focused on specific skillsets for leading blockchains and development communities.
Binance Academy: Highest-Profile Onboarding Hub
Binance is one of the longest-standing educational resources for all things blockchain. Later, Binance also curated multiple P2E games and NFT projects, and started to target developers.
Binance also offers a beginner’s course to the metaverse and Web3, targeted to the user side.
Binance also offers its Mini program with Binance JS-SDK, for tasks specific to its native blockchain. The SDK is part of the wider package for developers featured through the Binance platform.
Binance Smart Chain and BNB Chain remain the biggest app carriers, hosting some of the top Web3 games. Biannce adoption is also helping the games. Binance also has the advantage of using JS for building its apps, tapping into a wider developer base. The Binance platform carrie a mix of curated games from high-profile IDOs, but also independent projects making use of PancakeSwap, the easily available wallets and widespread BNB and BUSD ownership.
Avalanche: Offering C-Chain and Subnet Access
Avalanche is offering both freely accessible opportunities, and curated tools for Web3 developers, via AvaLabs and its experts.
But Avalanche also offers all its available tools through Avalanche Dev Docs, allowing teams to use all the blockchain’s features as needed. The tools include subnet building and SDK for Web3 apps. Avalanche tools are also meant to be relatively easy, as in launching a subnet in less than five minutes. The goal of Avalanche is to onboard Web2 teams, who can easily add Web3 features.
Avalanche is one of the networks that has attracted multiple game-first projects, including CastleCrush. Other projects are also game-first and try to take the shortcut to effective Web3 development.
Solana Academy: Building a Community of Developers
Solana Academy is taking a more formal approach to onboarding developers. The Solana Academy project offers a Summer Camp hackathon, which is a mix of training and project curation.
Solana Academy also offers up to $5M in funding for innovative projects as prizes or seed funding. Solana Academy also includes live events and meetups in a growing list of cities in Europe, the USA and Southeast Asia.
Solana Academy is also competitive, with different tiers of rewards for developing projects within the framework of hackathons and camps. Beyond the restricted context of the Summer Camp training and competition, Solana Academy is offering general resources on building for the Solana blockchain. Projects focus on NFT, which are highly active on this chain, as well as DeFi and payment protocols. The resources also contain a full course on using Solana as the blockchain basis for apps.
Alchemy Tutorials: Best-Curated Collection for Multi-Chain Builders
Alchemy is one of the blockchain-agnostic tools with some competitive elements and funding for top projects. In addition to tools, Alchemy has its own section of tutorials and learning resources.
Alchemy has curated tutorials for Ethereum, Polygon, Arbitrum and other leading blockchains, with third-party resources.
Alchemy Tutorials are available, in addition to a collection of lessons ranging from basic elements such as NFT mints, to building a full stack app. Alchemy is also partnered with Web3 University, offering more comprehensive courses.
Moralis Academy: Web3 with Certification
Moralis Academy is student-oriented, trying to teach from the beginnings. Moralis is also focusing on creating unified blockchain-building certification. The Moralis blockchain training aims to be gradual and comprehensive, putting all materials in one place.
While Web3 tutorials are easily found online, Moralis has systematized them and added certification. Unlike other resources, Moralis is paid, with fees varying depending on the skillset and development stack.
Moralis also focuses on general Web3 development skills, and is not offering support for projects, game teams or other builders. Moralis also offers its own toolset of Web3 building modules.
Web3 learning is evolving, with a variety of independent tutorials, open code repositories and organized learning environments, such as DappUniversity, ConsenSys Academy and others. Learning environments also offer different levels of support but mostly leave curation and marketing to the development team.