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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

Decentralized application overview

A decentralized application (or DApp) is an application that uses smart contracts to run. Smart contracts are deployed on the Ethereum virtual machine (EVM). It is similar to a client-server low-tier architecture. A DApp can have a frontend (web) that makes calls to its backend (smart contract) through the web3.js API.


The following structure is what we are going to build for our crowdfunding DApp:

Strucuture of what we will be building for crowdfunding DApp

web3.js quick overview

web3.js is an Ethereum JavaScript API, that provides a collection of libraries to interact with a local or remote Ethereum network. The connection between web3js and Ethereum is made by using the HTTP or IPC protocol. In the following table, we quickly review a number of important web3.js API concepts:

API reference




This package provides an API to interact with the Ethereum blockchain and smart contracts

getBalancesendTransaction, coinbasegetBlockNumber...