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Mastering Blockchain.. - Third Edition

By : Imran Bashir
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Mastering Blockchain.. - Third Edition

By: Imran Bashir

Overview of this book

Blockchain is the backbone of cryptocurrencies, with applications in finance, government, media, and other industries. With a legacy of providing technologists with executable insights, this new edition of Mastering Blockchain is thoroughly revised and updated to the latest blockchain research with four new chapters on consensus algorithms, Serenity (the update that will introduce Ethereum 2.0), tokenization, and enterprise blockchains. This book covers the basics, including blockchain’s technical underpinnings, cryptography and consensus protocols. It also provides you with expert knowledge on decentralization, decentralized application development on Ethereum, Bitcoin, alternative coins, smart contracts, alternative blockchains, and Hyperledger. Further, you will explore blockchain solutions beyond cryptocurrencies such as the Internet of Things with blockchain, enterprise blockchains, tokenization using blockchain, and consider the future scope of this fascinating and disruptive technology. By the end of this book, you will have gained a thorough comprehension of the various facets of blockchain and understand their potential in diverse real-world scenarios.
Table of Contents (24 chapters)
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Index

Further Ethereum

This chapter is a continuation of the previous chapter, in which we will examine more Ethereum-based concepts in more detail.

We will cover both a practical and theoretical in-depth introduction to wallet software, mining, and setting up Ethereum nodes. Material relating to various challenges, such as security and scalability faced by Ethereum, will also be introduced. Moreover, prominent advanced supporting protocols, such as Swarm and Whisper, will also be introduced later in the chapter. Finally, Ethereum has several programming languages built in to support smart contract development. We will conclude with an overview of these programming languages.

This chapter continues the discussion of the Ethereum blockchain network elements that we started in the previous chapter, Chapter 11, Ethereum 101. These elements include:

  • Blocks and blockchain
  • Wallets and client software
  • Nodes and miners
  • APIs and tools
  • Supporting protocols...