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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

Introducing solcjs

solcjs is a Node.js library and command-line tool that is used to compile solidity files. It doesn't use the solc command-line compiler; instead, it compiles purely using JavaScript, so it's much easier to install than solc.

Solc is the actual Solidity compiler. Solc is written in C++. The C++ code is compiled to JavaScript using emscripten. Every version of solc is compiled to JavaScript. At, you can find the JavaScript-based compilers of each solidity version. solcjs just uses one of these JavaScript-based compilers to compile the solidity source code. These JavaScript-based compilers can run in both browser and Node.js environments.


The browser Solidity uses these JavaScript-based compilers to compile the Solidity source code.

Installing solcjs

solcjs is available as an npm package with the name solc. You can install the solcjs npm package locally or globally just like any other npm package. If this package is installed...