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Sometimes you want all the control because you know best how you like to learn. Explore courses and tools that will help you learn NEAR at your own pace.

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Individual courses

NEAR Academy

30-60 mins
Beginner

NEAR Academy is an interactive course for web developers looking to explore blockchain integration with their Apps. It is free and ends with a certificate of completion.

NEAR in Minutes

5-10 mins
Beginner

Bite sized binge worthy courses about NEAR in multiple languages

NEAR for Senior Devs

10 mins
Advanced

This brief article will give you everything you need to get started as fast as possible. Don't slow down!

Intro to Rust

60 mins
Beginner

Engineers from NEAR Protocol explain how to use Rust alongside their API

Write Your First Contract

30 mins
Beginner

Use AssemblyScript to write your first smart contract and deploy it to the NEAR platform

NEAR 101

60 mins
Beginner

An introduction to NEAR for web developers

NEAR 102

60 mins
Intermediate

An introduction to NEAR for Ethereum developers

Explore NEAR APIs

60 mins
Beginner

Use JavaScript to interact with the NEAR platform by calling APIs that control contract deployment, execution and more

Cross-contract Calls

60 mins
Beginner

Use AssemblyScript to connect two or more smart contracts using cross-contract calls. This is the key to scalability on the NEAR platform!

NEAR Protocol Spec

60 mins
Intermediate

NEAR Protocol is the scalable blockchain protocol. For the overview of the NEAR Protocol, read this document.

NCD preview series

60 mins
Beginner

This is a preview of the NEAR Certified Developer course that teachers you to design, develop, test and deploy smart contracts on the NEAR platform.

NEAR Whitepapers

10 mins
Advanced

A series of papers explaining everything from NEAR Economics to Sharding and more

NEAR Examples

20 mins
Beginner

Wondering what you can build with NEAR? Check out these examples for inspiration! You can also view these examples on GitHub.

Let's build the Open Web!

NEAR is secure enough to manage high value assets like money, assets and  identity while being performant and affordable enough to make things useful for everyday people.

Technically speaking, NEAR is a layer 1 smart contract platform (like Ethereum but cheaper and faster) that scales by parallelizing storage and compute using a technique called “sharding”.