by Gil Davis
The second programming school for the blockchain R&D company, IOHK, has just finished up. ‘Haskell and Cryptocurrencies’ is an eight-week course available at the University of West Indies in Barbados, one of the island nations popular for their acceptance towards cryptocurrencies.
The course recently saw IOHK train ten students from universities for free in Haskell, a complex programming language used in various blockchain applications. Within the industry demand for Haskell programmed is growing quickly for its use in blockchain development. Cardano is one of the first blockchain projects to use the programming language.
The first run of this school took place in Athens, Greece during July 2017, IOHK intends to take on the most promising developers from these runs and set them up as developers within IOHK. Dr. Larsbrünges, IOHK director of educations, had this to comment on the experience so far:
“Building on the experience we gathered with the first iteration of this course in Athens in the summer of 2017, we have now taught Haskell and cryptocurrencies to another group of talented young people in Barbados…The course gave a thorough and hands-on introduction to the Haskell language and its application to cryptocurrencies, the theoretical foundations, best practices, common libraries, important language extensions and advanced features.”
Besides these lectures from industry professionals, the students get a chance to go hands-on with real-world projects, like creating their own peer-to-peer networks and other blockchain-related applications. Students who graduate from this course have a huge step up in getting a job in the industry and getting jobs as Haskell developers. IOHK hopes to address the shortage of Haskell developers as blockchain applications still grow by empowering their students with these skills and abilities.
“By working on a number of both small and sizeable assignments — chosen from the cryptocurrency domain where possible — the participants got their hands dirty, learning how to write idiomatic and elegant Haskell code on their own.” Dr. Larsbrünges continued, ”After successfully completing the course, each participant should be able to start working as a professional junior Haskell developer.”
IOHK Is also donated $10,000 to the Computer Science Department within the University of West Indies. $5,000 will be going to housing services at the university and another $4,500 to two students for scholarships and their living expenses.
While the blockchain continues to grow and develop in different ways those who are skilled in the programming languages, such as Haskell, will find themselves in an excellent spot to work within the industry. The demand will only increase, though even now it’s highly sought after in the right circle. Those who decide to get the training now will very quickly find themselves capitalizing on the growing blockchain tech scene.