Whether you intend to pursue a career as a Web3 developer or you are already working as a Web3 developer, we provide all the tools, services, and interfaces you need to build your decentralized applications (dApps) on Ethereum.
There are plenty of options to get started with Ankr if you are interested in building and interacting with the Ethereum network. With Ankr’s tools and brilliant infrastructure, anyone will find it easy to build on Ethereum. Let’s take a look at our blockchain development tools for Ethereum and how they work.Start building
Building on Ethereum
The Ethereum ecosystem is one of the most popular blockchain ecosystems in existence. It has an extremely massive global community that continually builds solutions across Web3 industries like decentralized finance (DeFi), decentralized gaming (GameFi), NFTs, and more.
Some examples of DeFi solutions include lending and borrowing services, token swaps, trading, payments, and crowd-funding services. Some examples of GameFi solutions include virtual worlds, the metaverse, and play-to-earn (P2E) gaming. There is a lot of invention and disruption taking place in the Ethereum ecosystem. Ethereum is home to lots of cutting-edge development and innovation that often paves the way for Web3 development as a whole — Ethereum was the first platform to host smart contracts, dApps, NFTs, and more.
Ethereum is supported by individual nodes that make up a peer-to-peer network protocol and database. Apart from maintaining a database of transactions like other blockchains that came before it, Ethereum is responsible for the innovation of smart contracts and programmability. Ethereum is home to the world’s very first dApps.
The runtime environment for smart contracts in Ethereum is called the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). Every Ethereum node runs a copy of the EVM in order to maintain consensus across the blockchain. Everyone on the Ethereum network must agree on the state of the EVM because a copy of the state has to be kept with each individual node.
All dApps that are built on the Ethereum network share a pool of computing power, which has led to strain on the efficiency and affordability of the network as the popularity and success of the network has skyrocketed. The Ethereum developer community has recently been largely focused on implementing various scaling solutions to increase the throughput and usability of the Ethereum network. One popular example of an Ethereum scaling solution are Layer-2 (L2) networks which operate on top of the base layer Ethereum protocol — processing transactions more quickly and cheaply and only periodically syncing up with the Layer 1 as necessary for security. This is just one example of how Ethereum developers are constantly working to improve and develop the network to facilitate its continued growth and adoption.
Remote procedure calls (RPCs) and how they work
Remote Procedure Call (or RPC for short) is a popular term used in distributed systems. RPCs enable computers or programs to remotely communicate with another computer or program.
For the development of dApps, RPCs are extremely helpful because developers need to seamlessly interact with blockchain networks, and they usually don’t want to deal with the hassle of running their own nodes.
With RPCs, this connection can take place remotely. In the Web3 ecosystem, the RPC model alleviates the burden of developers having to run their own physical nodes by enabling remote blockchain interaction thanks to infrastructure providers like Ankr.
Web3 wallets like MetaMask, for example, rely on RPC endpoints to request data from blockchain nodes.
These RPC endpoints facilitate connections to testnet and mainnet networks where queries can be made for blockchain data. For example, MetaMask might send a query, or a request for data, to find out how much ETH is in your wallet on the Rinkeby network (one of Ethereum’s testnets) or to determine if your wallet has a sufficient ETH balance for a particular transaction.
Ankr's Ethereum RPC
Using the Ankr RPC as an Ethereum developer
Let’s now quickly look at how Remote Procedure Calls (RPCs) help Ethereum developers by freeing up their time and resources to focus on development rather than infrastructure.
These are some of the ways the Ankr RPC helps developers building on the Ethereum network
01.Get started immediately
Setting up a full developer node on Ethereum entails a lengthy process of initially syncing with the network for the first time. As a developer using Ankr’s RPC endpoints, you can bypass this several-day process.
Ankr’s public RPC for Ethereum uses a backbone of globally distributed underlying nodes and an intelligent load-balancer to efficiently distribute traffic amongst them for the fastest, most efficient connections possible.
Ankr’s RPC helps to speed up the growth of the Ethereum ecosystem globally by catalyzing and facilitating easy, efficient dApp development.
04.Focus on development
Without the need to set up their own Ethereum node, developers can save a lot of time that would have been spent building, calibrating, and fixing issues with nodes.
05.Flexible scaling for builders
The Ankr RPC gives developers the chance to expand and scale their infrastructure. The nodes serving Ankr’s Ethereum RPC are enterprise-grade nodes capable of handling much more traffic than at-home setups.Start building
So far, Ankr’s multichain RPC has been globally and massively used amongst developers who are busy building the future of Web3. Ankr’s public RPC endpoints can easily serve over 80 million requests per day on a single endpoint. Here are the chains that Ankr currently supports, and links to their free, public RPC endpoints: