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Blockchain technologies like Corda enable businesses in regulated industries to keep sensitive transactions private. Learn how to use Corda to create apps, digital assets, and more with courses delivered through edX.

What is Corda?

Corda is a blockchain platform designed by R3 for the financial services industry. It enables businesses to build applications that run on distributed ledgers, which are digital systems that capture and record transactions on a shared network of computers. It is also a permissioned blockchain. Unlike a public blockchain that allows anyone to join and view activities, Corda maintains privacy by sharing transaction data only with involved parties. It uses a consensus mechanism to ensure the validity of each transaction across all nodes in the Corda network.

The R3 Corda blockchain is built on Kotlin, a programming language that supports JavaScript, and Java Virtual Machine (JVM). By learning Corda, you can develop powerful, trustworthy apps for financial institutions.

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Corda tutorial curriculum

Learning how to work with Corda can supplement your knowledge of blockchain technology and software development. If you want to build scalable and secure applications, a Corda tutorial can help you gain important skills and knowledge for developing on a permissioned distributed ledger network. An introductory Corda course may cover topics like:

  • Blockchain basics

  • Corda fundamentals and key concepts

  • Corda design concepts and network considerations

A more advanced Corda curriculum may provide opportunities for hands-on work. Through practical coursework, you might build a Corda project, configure network parameters, and deploy an app. It can also cover how to optimize throughput and scale applications to meet business demands. However, learners without experience in using Kotlin may find it helpful to practice using the programming language before moving beyond Corda basics.

edX offers a variety of educational opportunities for learners interested in studying these topics, as well as a host of other disciplines. A boot camp can provide flexible, hands-on learning for those who want to upskill quickly, while executive education courses are designed for busy professionals. You can also pursue a more comprehensive curriculum in a bachelor’s degree program or, for more advanced learners, a master’s degree program. Find the right learning path for you.

Explore jobs that use Corda 

Individuals interested in pursuing work in finance, web development, and related fields can benefit from proficiency in Corda. Job roles that may use Corda include:

  • Blockchain developer: Can develop Corda Distributed Applications (CorDapps) to run on the Corda platform. They can also use their knowledge to develop and deploy smart contracts to execute agreements.Footnote 1

  • Full-stack developer: Can create the front-end of CorDapps. They can also work on the back-end to optimize performance and integrate Corda into existing enterprise systems.Footnote 2

  • Software engineer: Can design, develop, and test CorDapps to fit specific business requirements. They may also perform upgrades and maintenance to ensure performance and stability.Footnote 3

  • IT specialist: Can work with development teams to implement security protocols that keep CorDapps secure. They can also train new and existing employees on how these blockchain apps work.Footnote 4

  • Technical writer: Can create technical documentation like instruction manuals and user guides for CorDapps. Basic knowledge of Corda and how it works can help them create these supporting documents.Footnote 5

Educational requirements and the skills needed will vary for each role. Some employers may require a degree in computer science. Others may ask you to demonstrate skills that you can acquire through a fintech boot camp. No matter which career path you choose, research the requirements so you can tailor your coursework to fit your goals.

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