NEAR Blockchain Smart Contract Development

with introduction to Rust language
Rust language overview
Overview of NEAR smart contract for fungible token
Compile, deploy and interact with smart contract on Near blockchain


  • Basic programming experience


Become familiar with Rust language, its main features and syntax.

Topics covered include in Section 1:

  • Rust installation and basics

  • Cargo - build system and package manager

  • Crates and packages

  • Variables, Constants and Mutability

  • Data Types: Scalar and Compound

  • Functions

  • Control Flows: If, Loops, If let

  • Ownership (Scope)

  • References and Borrowing

  • Mutable references

  • Define and initialize Structs

  • Defining and calling methods

  • Defining an Enum

  • The “match” control flow

  • Defining modules

  • Vector and HashMap

  • Recoverable and unrecoverable errors

  • Traits - defining shared behavior (interface)

  • Reading command line arguments

  • Reading a file

  • Printing to standard error - eprintln!

  • Iterator Trait and next method

  • Using Box<T> to store data on the Heap

  • Running code in Threads simultaneously

  • Message passing between Threads

  • Using Mutexes to allow access data on one thread

  • Writing tests

  • Summary with references:

Gentle Introduction to Rust and "The Book" on Rust programming language.

Refer to “The Book” for deeper coverage of each topic and more advanced features.

Section 2 is dedicated to using knowledge obtained in Section 1 to read and understand NEAR smart contract implemented in Rust.

Learn how to create Testnet accounts on Near blockchain using a web wallet.

Learn how to compile and deploy Near smart contract on NEAR Testnet account using Gitpod environment.

Learn how to interact with deployed Near smart contract by using command line commands.

Get hands on experience compiling and deploying a sample counter smart contract on your own account - all in under 20 mins.

Who this course is for:

  • Beginner developers curious about smart contract development

Course content

1 section5 lectures51m total length
  • Introduction to Rust language pt. 1
  • Introduction to Rust language pt. 2
  • Overview of NEAR smart contract for fungible token
  • Deployment of sample NEAR smart contract on Testnet account
  • Follow instructions from Lecture 2 to compile and deploy smart contract
    1 question
  • Review of NEAR Blockchain and Ethereum Bridge features


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Eugene Luzgin
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Eugene Luzgin has over 20 years of Software Development experience in different roles ranging from a software engineer to a co-founder and a technology leader of a startup.

Eugene has a Master degree in Computer Science from San Francisco State University and a Professional MBA from University of Utah.

Eugene worked in different industries ranging from Ecommerce and Security to Banking IT and Blockchain technologies. In 2018 Eugene co-founded EOS Tribe - an original Block Producer for EOS Blockchain, which later evolved into Crypto Tribe operation supporting multiple Proof of Stake Blockchains, developing wallets and distributed applications on most modern POS Blockchain platforms capable of supporting thousands of transactions per second.