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Blockchain Quick Start Guide

By : Xun (Brian) Wu, Weimin Sun
Book Image

Blockchain Quick Start Guide

By: Xun (Brian) Wu, Weimin Sun

Overview of this book

Blockchain is a technology that powers the development of decentralized applications.This technology allows the construction of a network with no single control that enables participants to make contributions to and receive benefits from the network directly. This book will give you a thorough overview of blockchain and explain how a blockchain works.You will begin by going through various blockchain consensus mechanisms and cryptographic hash functions. You will then learn the fundamentals of programming in Solidity – the defacto language for developing decentralize, applications in Ethereum. After that, you will set up an Ethereum development environment and develop, package, build, and test campaign-decentralized applications.The book also shows you how to set up Hyperledger composer tools, analyze business scenarios, design business models, and write a chain code. Finally, you will get a glimpse of how blockchain is actually used in different real-world domains. By the end of this guide, you will be comfortable working with basic blockchain frameworks, and develop secure, decentralized applications in a hassle-free manner.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
About Packt


Ethereum was developed on top of Bitcoin by introducing smart contracts along with Turing-complete scripting languages such as solidity. Ethereum is a general-purpose platform for DApp development. The platform is very popular. However, Ethereum is not mature yet. Compared to Bitcoin, it is more vulnerable to hacking, since any human errors in writing a smart contract are visible to everybody. It inherited the performance issue from Bitcoin. Many initiatives are ongoing to address this scalability problem. In the next chapter, we will dive into the details of solidity, the most popular language for writing Ethereum smart contracts.