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Blockchain Developer's Guide

By : Brenn Hill, Samanyu Chopra, Paul Valencourt, Narayan Prusty
Book Image

Blockchain Developer's Guide

By: Brenn Hill, Samanyu Chopra, Paul Valencourt, Narayan Prusty

Overview of this book

Blockchain applications provide a single-shared ledger to eliminate trust issues involving multiple stakeholders. It is the main technical innovation of Bitcoin, where it serves as the public ledger for Bitcoin transactions. Blockchain Developer's Guide takes you through the electrifying world of blockchain technology. It begins with the basic design of a blockchain and elaborates concepts, such as Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), tokens, smart contracts, and other related terminologies. You will then explore the components of Ethereum, such as Ether tokens, transactions, and smart contracts that you need to build simple DApps. Blockchain Developer's Guide also explains why you must specifically use Solidity for Ethereum-based projects and lets you explore different blockchains with easy-to-follow examples. You will learn a wide range of concepts - beginning with cryptography in cryptocurrencies and including ether security, mining, and smart contracts. You will learn how to use web sockets and various API services for Ethereum. By the end of this Learning Path, you will be able to build efficient decentralized applications. This Learning Path includes content from the following Packt products: • Blockchain Quick Reference by Brenn Hill, Samanyu Chopra, Paul Valencourt • Building Blockchain Projects by Narayan Prusty
Table of Contents (37 chapters)
Title Page
About Packt

Blockchain speed

One ongoing concern for blockchain systems is performance. Public blockchains are global systems, with their system resources shared by all the users in the world simultaneously. With such a large user base, resource constraints are a real concern and have already caused real problems. For instance, a popular game called CryptoKitties was launched on Ethereum and caused the network to become congested. Other applications became nearly unusable, as the load from CryptoKitties overwhelmed the network.

How to calculate blockchain throughput

The quick and dirty way of calculating the throughput of a blockchain is as follows:

For Bitcoin, the transaction throughput is about 7tx/second. This is because of the relatively small block and the very long block time. Ethereum has short block times but very tiny blocks and ends up at about 14tx/second. Blockchains such as Stellar, Bitshares, and Waves can reach speeds of over, 1000tx/second.

Comparisons with traditional networks

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