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Top 10 Smart Contract & Solidity Developer Learning Resources

Learning to become a Smart Contract and Blockchain Developer can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be!

Just set aside some time each week, and get cracking on any of the tutorials and pieces of content below. Don't be afraid to ask a ton of questions, and don't feel imposter syndrome! Just by reading this article, you are already a welcomed member of the blockchain community.

If anytime you get stuck, feel free to refer to this document on how to get unstuck in the blockchain space. It applies to everything in open source!

In any case, let's go ahead and get started!

Additionally, I have a video on how to become a blockchain engineer you can check out for more information!

1. Learn Blockchain, Solidity, and Full Stack Web3 Development with JavaScript – 32-Hour Course

My latest invention. Pick this one or number 2, and if you get through one of these two videos, you will be a master, guaranteed.

Ideally, this is for engineers who want every single drop of knowledge I have acquired about blockchain development over the past 3 years. It covers all the fundamentals of solidity, and uses the exact same cutting edge tools as billion dollar defi giants like Aave, Synthetix, and Uniswap.

Ideally, this is for engineers with a little bit of javascript experience, but if you don't have any, we'll give you a ton of refreshers along the way. This course is for anyone with any level of coding experience, even none!

Additionally, we have a ton of optional front end and full stack tutorials. These will teach you how to build powerful apps and websites that use the smart contracts and blockchain applications you've made for ANY user!

This is the most dense blockchain tutorial ever created.

2. Solidity, Blockchain, and Smart Contract Course – Beginner to Expert Python Tutorial

This is the most watched blockchain developer course of all time, and for good reason! It breaks down everything you need to know about blockchain development - so you can begin your career on the right foot.

It goes through all the basics at the start, and then gets deeper and deeper into more and more advanced concepts like upgradeability, efficient testing, full stack development, and more. It's a project based learning resource, so at the end of each "lesson", you'll have a full project you can show off on your GitHub!

Ideally it's for engineers who have a little bit of python in their back pocket, but freecodecamp has a remedy for that as well!

A lot of information is packed into this course, so don't do it all in one go! Remember to take breaks, and jump into the GitHub discussions and ask questions, or on Stack Overflow!

3. Cryptozombies

Cryptozombies

For the longest time, Cryptozombies has been one of the go-to courses for learning blockchain & solidity. This gamified platform brings you step by step through solidity programming as you build your zombie army!

This course has a wonderful user interface that's fun for people of any age, and is one of the most approachable content on this list. The Cryptozombies team does a tremendous job showing NFTs, inheritance, and everything you'd need in basic solidity.

4. Dapp University

YouTube university strikes again! Gregory has been making top quality content in the blockchain space for years now, and continues to do so. With a focus on both solidity / smart contracts and full stack development, taking his videos and his more hands-on bootcamp will for sure turn you into a "blockchain master".

He has tons of videos on his youtube that can help you learn just about anything in this space, as well as a paid for bootcamp with him and his team.

5. Chainshot

Chainshot Website Homepage

Chainshot has everything you need, javascript tutorials, solidity tutorials, DeFi tutorials with Aave and one of the best bootcamps this space has ever seen.

Not only does Chainshot have self-paced courses, but they also have an on-hands bootcamp. Bootcamps are important for people who want to have that hands-on guided learning, and can be the difference in having "it all make sense". I highly recommend checking out their bootcamps if you want to take it another step. This team is incredibly knowledgeable about this space, and are an incredibly talented team at teaching people how to get their careers going in the blockchain world.

6. Consensys Bootcamp

Consensys Bootcamp Webpage

This is another bootcamp that just always knocks it out of the park.

The Consensys team is one of the teams that has been around from basically the start of this whole thing. They consistently deliver on bringing in some of the best in the space to give guest lectures to the students, have top quality content, and are another bootcamp that I highly recommend to anyone looking to get into this space with a hands-on learning approach, and a team to guide them.

7. Ivan On Tech / Moralis

Ivan on Tech and his team at Moralis have just about everything.

The Moralis team helps engineers do and learn everything under the sun when it comes to full stack development in blockchain. The focus a little less on the solidity and smart contract implementations, but they focus a lot on user experience so once you build your smart contracts, others can interact with them. Moralis is a must know tool for people looking to do anything in the blockchain space for full stack.

8. Ethernaut

Ethernaut Home Page

One of the harder pieces in this space is Ethernaut. You need a little bit of a javascript background, but trudging your way through this course will teach you a lot of the ins and outs and "gotchas" of solidity, and is one of the quickest ways to become "advanced" in the ways of solidity.

This was created by the Openzeppelin team, who are top auditors and security researchers in the blockchain space, and they make contracts for people to fork into their own projects. Anyone in the blockchain space worth their "salt" knows who Openzeppelin is and how to work with their tools!

9. The Ethereum Org List

Ethereum Org Site

What better way to learn about web3 and Ethereum than from the community itself!

The Ethereum org website is JAM packed with content, tutorials, and submissions from around the globe, in exactly the manner you'd expect. You can find just about anything here to learn and grow.

10. useWeb3

useWeb3 Homepage

useWeb3, like the Ethereum org website, is dedicated to being a living document of updated courses and content to teach people how to build in the blockchain space.

This open sourced project is constantly updated, and really any of the projects listed on their site is worthwhile for you to check and and put to the test!

11. There are so many!!

Ok, so I fibbed, this article has way more than just 10!!! Here is a list of tons of different places you can get started learning solidity, smart contracts, and blockchain. It doesn't matter where you go, just pick one, and go!

And so much more.

Well, as always, be sure to follow me on Twitter, YouTube, Medium, and GitHub, and I hope to see you in the community!

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Mark

Great post Patrick, thanks for sharing 🙌 If there's room on your list I'd like to suggest 11. Figment Learn - learn.figment.io.

Figment has built some of the best educational content to help you onboard Web 3 technologies. You can focus on a specific protocol, follow a pathway and even create your own tutorials to contribute and earn. Links below:

• Figment Learn - learn.figment.io.
• Protocols - learn.figment.io/protocols.
• Pathways - learn.figment.io/pathways.
• Community tutorials - learn.figment.io/tutorials.

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Rajkumar

THank you for sharing this amazing content

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Utkarsh107120126

Thank you sir for sharing this.

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Sebastiano

Insane boost-starter pack for blockchain career! thanks for sharing!

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ananth vankipuram

Very inspiring video Patrick Collins. I think you channeled your inner Shia LaBeouf there a bit!. Super cool.