Smart Contract Development from the Perspective of Developers: Topics and Issues Discussed on Social Media [article]

Afiya Ayman, Shanto Roy, Amin Alipour, Aron Laszka
2020 arXiv   pre-print
Blockchain-based platforms are emerging as a transformative technology that can provide reliability, integrity, and auditability without trusted entities. One of the key features of these platforms is the trustworthy decentralized execution of general-purpose computation in the form of smart contracts, which are envisioned to have a wide range of applications. As a result, a rapidly growing and active community of smart-contract developers has emerged in recent years. A number of research
more » ... s have investigated the technological challenges that these developers face, introducing a variety of tools, languages, and frameworks for smart-contract development, focusing on security. However, relatively little is known about the community itself, about the developers, and about the issues that they face and discuss. To address this gap, we study smart-contract developers and their discussions on two social media sites, Stack Exchange and Medium. We provide insight into the trends and key topics of these discussions, into the developers' interest in various security issues and security tools, and into the developers' technological background.
arXiv:1905.08833v2 fatcat:r2enpuxykzgndcf74ci2fr4uoq