Speaking with Cointelegraph at the Korea Blockchain Week (KBW) on August 9, NEAR founder Illia Polosukhin emphasized that the move will open up the niche field of blockchain development to a substantially broader 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 added
“A student can build an app without needing to learn new languages without needing to learn new skills,”Illia Polosukhin said
Asked about whether the JS SDK is compatible with the Ethereum Virtual Machine since NEAR is a competitor to Ethereum, Polosukhin said that the offering will run specifically on Near, but can create compatible smart contracts. EVM from the SDK, in the same way that Aurora compatible scale EVMs were created on NEAR.
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