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Building Blockchain Projects

By : Narayan Prusty
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Building Blockchain Projects

By: Narayan Prusty

Overview of this book

Blockchain is a decentralized ledger that maintains a continuously growing list of data records that are secured from tampering and revision. Every user is allowed to connect to the network, send new transactions to it, verify transactions, and create new blocks, making it permission-less. This book will teach you what blockchain is, how it maintains data integrity, and how to create real-world blockchain projects using Ethereum. With interesting real-world projects, you will learn how to write smart contracts which run exactly as programmed without any chance of fraud, censorship, or third-party interference, and build end-to-e applications for blockchain. You will learn about concepts such as cryptography in cryptocurrencies, ether security, mining, smart contracts, solidity, and more. You will also learn about web sockets, various API services for Ethereum, and much more. The blockchain is the main technical innovation of bitcoin, where it serves as the public ledger for bitcoin transactions.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Customer Feedback

Chapter 3. Writing Smart Contracts

In the previous chapter, we learned how the Ethereum blockchain works and how the PoW consensus protocol keeps it safe. Now it's time to start writing smart contracts as we have have a good grasp of how Ethereum works. There are various languages to write Ethereum smart contracts in, but Solidity is the most popular one. In this chapter, we will learn the Solidity programming language. We will finally build a DApp for proof of existence, integrity, and ownership at given a time, that is, a DApp that can prove that a file was with a particular owner at a specific time.

In this chapter, we'll cover the following topics:

  • The layout of Solidity source files
  • Understanding Solidity data types
  • Special variables and functions of contracts
  • Control structures
  • Structure and features of contracts
  • Compiling and deploying contracts